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Difficulty II+
Length 0.075 Miles
Gauge Neches Rv nr Neches, TX
Flow Range 900 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 44 minutes ago 1890 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/06/2017 12:31 am

River Description

When Lake Palestine is above full pool (refer to lake level gauge-- full pool is 345'), an artificial rapid (Blackburn Rapid) forms below the spillway as the released water goes over a low-water crossing and a ledge.  At 347-348', the low-water crossing creates a great surf wave with dynamic eddies.

Distances and gradient measured using GIS tools in 2015.


  • Texas Whitewater suggests 900 cfs minimum on the Neches gauge and also suggests that the pool level of the lake should be 345.7 minimum.  However, beta from paddlers suggests that this level is runnable but below optimal for playboating.
  • Historically, the flow at the Neches gauge (which is many miles downstream) has correlated with the spillway release, but during periods of heavy rainfall, contributing flows from feeder streams may affect this correlation.  Always check the lake level before making the trip out there.
  • There are no rapids on the river below this point.


Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Beta from paddlers suggests that the play wave is optimal when the lake is at 347-348' (refer to the USGS lake level gauge for Lake Palestine.)  The flow gauge is many river miles downstream, and while the flow at Neches, TX does correlate somewhat with the Lake Palestine level, it gives only a rough idea of whether Blackburn Rapid might be in.  Check the lake level before you head out there.  Note that 4000-10,000 cfs on the Neches gauge corresponds to a lake level of 346.8-348', based on historical data.

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