Neches, Texas, US
Blackburn Rapid (PnP)
||II+ (for normal flows)
Neches Rv nr Neches, TX
900 - 10000 cfs
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.
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 are no rapids on the river below this point.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-09-06 00:31:48