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.
This will pose a serious strainer hazard if Rowlett Creek is flowing at ~3000 cfs or higher.
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TAKE OUT: From downtown Dallas, go north on 75 and exit Spring Valley go right. Spring Valley turns into Buckingham. Keep going east until you get to Pleasant Valley Rd and go left (north). Keep going until you see the shooting range on your right. Just past here you go over a bridge and park. This is the take out.
PUT IN: From the take out, go north on Pleasant Valley Rd and take your first left on Old Miles Road. At Bunker Hill Road turn left. Take the next left on Ben Davis Rd. (This is a NO OUTLET road.) Follow this to the end. Park and put-in next to the bridge.
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