Brazos, Texas, US
A) Port Sullivan, North of FM 485 (1.5 miles)
||I-II (for normal flows)
From an anonymous contributor (2009-01-29):
You need at least 500cfs for this to be worth your time. Really I would wait until it was close
to 1,000cfs, at this point the river makes a wave train and several small surf spots in the lower
ledge. There are two ledges on sandstone at Port Sullivan, the lower was dynamited back in the
20's and 30's and the upper is only accessible through private land past the cemetery.
The upper has three sandstone ledges, that might create surf spots in high water (think 800+).
You can see the lower ledges and the old steam boat lock from the highway.
Here you have a choice, you can exit off of the side of the bridge, put in below the rapid and
paddle up. Which requires you to drag your boats up the half mile to the top of the rapid. Or you
can go past the bridge and take your first right, which will wind you through the woods until you
reach a clearing and a aluminum double gate on your right. If you hop the gate the top of the
rapid is straight across and down a cow trail. Locals often enter here to fish for catfish off of
the rocks, but for the most part this is a pretty secluded area.
The rapid itself is choked with large pieces of what used to be sandstone ledges, there is a main
channel on river right that has a decent wave train, until you reach the first boulder, which
creates a ledge and a good eddy/ferry spot. Below that there are two more large obstructions, the
last being almost the steamboat lock. Both of these have strong eddies and ledges where you can
surf your boat in the right conditions. On river left the channel is choked with drops, boulders
and sandbar island, I've only seen this section at 10,000cfs once, but the whole rapid washes
out at about 7,000 and creates a large wave train. I would speculate that at 3-5,000cfs it's
running at the optimum level. Of course if the Brazos is that high, you might as well go to
Hidalgo- if you have a key.
Poor access, class I-II rapids, and the rarity of navigable flows make this section less than
desirable. However, it's proximity to Texas A&M campus(25 minutes), great food at the
Dixie Café in Hearne and the ability to run it without being a member like out at Hidalgo,
make this section an attractive run for desperate Texas paddlers.
For more information, see Texas Whitewater 2nd Edition.
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