Neches, Texas, US
|Usual Difficulty||II+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||132 fpm|
|Neches Rv nr Neches, TX|
|usgs-08032000||900 - 10000 cfs||II+||00h45m||8160 cfs (running)|
|At this level, the play wave should be in, according to paddler beta (flow range roughly corresponds to 347-348' lake level, but check the lake level gauge.) 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.|
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.
NOTE: 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.
NOTE: 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.
NOTE: there are no rapids on the river below this point.