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.
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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