Sabinal (current beta needed) - Utopia to FM 187 (10 miles)


Sabinal (current beta needed), Texas, US

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Utopia to FM 187 (10 miles)

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 10 Miles
Avg. Gradient 17 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Sabinal Rv nr Sabinal, TX
usgs-08198000 600 - 10000 cfs II 01h15m 3.02 cfs (too low)


River Description

Known to have been run, per Texas Whitewater.  Difficulty rating and range of recommended flows are taken from the book.

Put-in is approximately 1340' elevation.
Take-out is approximately 1170' elevation.
Therefore total elevation change is approximately 170'.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-07-14 05:42:52

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 12 2018 (39 days ago)
Jonkoch32 (159943)
There is a high fence that cannot be portaged around once you get to the first crossing of 187 at
around 4 miles. There are some nice class IIs throughout the trip but all need high water to ride
in a white water boat. A couple of low bridges and rock wall pools built by land owners in the
area. If water is running high a nice class II+ with three separate 4" drops about a mile or so
down the river. Another nice narrow rapid exists just down stream of the triple drop rapid that
runs down a trees root and then around a couple of large rocks than need to be missed and could
crest holes in higher water. The river stays narrow for a while before going under a small bridge
that would be very dangerous when waters are high enough to be fun. It has to be portaged. Another
small bridge that allows the water to flow over it exists further past that one and the river
widens up again going from deep to shallower narrow areas that would probably have a few good
rapids. There are a couple more wide natural ledges that have multiple places to ride over but is
in particular had a few trees down on river left that would trap and drown you at high levels if
the wrong path is chosen so remember to scout. Pay attention for large rocks and exit river right
at the first 187 crossing. Unless you bring heavy wire cutters you cannot go any farther. You
shouldn't have any trouble with parking at the take out but the park where you out in just recently
started charging $10 a person even if you're just parking a car there. Land owners are not kind and
there is one rope hanging about a foot above the river at normal levels that was put up one day
after my. Either and I spent the weekend at a resort upstream of the dam. You can put in up there
as well and there are a few nice rapids above the dam. Somewhere around 5-6 with 3 of them being
really fun. One old dam around a mile above the dam is dangerous but to river left a trees roots
direct the river around the dam and this is a fun 5' slide. The rest are narrow areas between trees
where the river drops a little and there is one rock dam with about a 3' drop. Not sure if the dam
at the park can be run but the water is deep beneath it and I've seen people jumping from and have
swam below it. It shouldn't be penciled because there are a few large rocks that are submerged deep
in the pool below it but it might be doable to the right boater. It's a. Rey pretty stretch if you
can catch it on a good year when springs are flowing but would best be done in a recreational boat
unless water levels are well above normal.


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