Neches - Blackburn Rapid (PnP)

Neches, Texas, US


Blackburn Rapid (PnP)

Usual Difficulty II+ (for normal flows)
Length 0.075 Miles
Avg. Gradient 132 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Neches Rv nr Neches, TX
usgs-08032000 900 - 10000 cfs II+ 01h04m 1710 cfs (running)
At this level, the rapid is runnable but not optimal for playboating. Gauge is many miles downstream. It is strongly influenced by lake releases but not an exact indicator of the release volume. Check Lake Palestine lake level.

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.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-09-06 00:31:48


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