North Grape Creek (current beta needed), Texas, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||26 fpm|
|Pedernales Rv nr Johnson City, TX|
|usgs-08153500||20000 - 50000 cfs||II-III+||01h04m||199 cfs (too low)|
Known to have been run, per Texas Whitewater. Difficulty rating and range of recommended flow are taken from the book. Distances and gradient measured using GIS tools in 2015.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||RM 1631 Low-Water Crossing (Willow Creek)||N/A|
|3.0||Willow Creek / N. Grape Creek Confluence||N/A|
|13.1||Sandy School Rd (Low-Water Crossing)||N/A|
|14.7||RM 1320 Low-Water Crossing||N/A|
The listed put-in is along Willow Creek, not N. Grape Creek. The book mentions that the navigability status of both creeks above the confluence is "questionable" and that the only "hassle-free" way to run N. Grape is to get permission from a landowner and put in below the confluence. GIS measurements show that Willow Creek does appear to meet the requirements for statutory navigability at least as far up as the RM 1631 crossing, so it is at least less questionable than the upper reach of N. Grape. Willow Creek is also a more direct and remote route to the confluence. However, please note that statutory navigability is no guarantee of freedom from barbed wire fences and irate landowners.
May create a hazard at certain levels
May create a hazard at certain levels.
NOTE: It is also possible to paddle North Grape out into the Pedernales, which adds 2 miles to this run. However, because of a 15-foot dam near the mouth of the creek, there are few rapids on this stretch. Also, the Pedernales is likely to be above recommended if North Grape is runnable.