Rowlett Creek, Texas, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||7 fpm|
|Max Gradient||10 fpm|
|Rowlett Ck nr Sachse, TX|
|usgs-08061540||200 - 2500 cfs||II-III||18h09m||304 cfs (running)|
|500-1000 cfs||Shallow and scrapey, but there is good surf on river left after the main drop.|
|1000-1500 cfs||Much better level. Deep enough for squirts. Lots of play. Above the drop, a 30-foot-wide wave starts to form.|
|1500-2000 cfs||1st ledge gets big-- run it center or right of center. Above the drop, there is a great 30-foot-wide wave/hole.|
|2000-3000 cfs and above||Things start to get big at this level. Watch out for strainers along both banks.|
|500-1000 cfs||2nd ledge has lots of play, but it's very shallow at the last hole.|
|1000-1500 cfs||Surf everywhere at this level.|
|1500-2000 cfs||At these levels, the ledge is best run right of center. The hole in the middle starts to become a bit of a keeper.|
|2000-3000 cfs and above||The middle hole of the second ledge is best left alone. Boaters have watched this hole surf logs for 20 minutes. Run both ledges right of center.|
There are two natural ledges on this section of Rowlett Creek, with at least three play holes at
each one. The First Ledge will be marked by about 70-100 meters of insignificant standing
waves/fast water (and at levels above 2k, a small surf hole or two.) The meat of the drop
is a two-tier affair: the first tier is a hole extending halfway across the river (more
than halfway at higher levels.) This in itself is an excellent surfing hole. The one
concern here is the next drop, a mere 20-30 meters downstream, which is probably the steepest
drop of the run.
At levels above 2100-3000+ cfs, the last drop before the takeout (Second Ledges) should only be attempted by someone with solid Class IV paddling skills. There are numerous holes, essentially river-wide at higher levels. These holes produce large hydraulics with significant back flow, capable of churning and tumbling truck-size trees as if they were matchsticks. An unskilled boater flushed into this maelstrom will get severely thrashed and likely extracted from their boat, placing them in the dangerous position of swimming on a flooded creek. The drop can be run with a sneak route on river right. However, care must be taken in the execution; there is a hole at river right, under a large overhanging tree, that might create a strainer hazard.
Distances and gradient measured using GIS tools in 2015.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|1.3||President George Bush Turnpike Bridge||N/A|
This will pose a serious strainer hazard if Rowlett Creek is flowing at ~3000 cfs or higher.