Pipe Creek-Red Bluff Creek (current beta needed) - SH 16 to Medina River (Red Bluff Ranch Drive) (8.2 miles)

Pipe Creek-Red Bluff Creek (current beta needed), Texas, US


SH 16 to Medina River (Red Bluff Ranch Drive) (8.2 miles)

Usual Difficulty II-III(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 8.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 27 fpm

River Description

Known to have been run, per Texas Whitewater.

Difficulty rating is taken from the book.  Distances and gradient measured using GIS tools in 2015.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-07-13 21:25:44


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0SH 16 BridgeN/APutin
0.1Low-Head DamN/AHazard
2.1Bump Gate Rd (Low-Water Crossing)N/AHazard
2.4Low-Head DamN/AHazard
3.7Unnamed FallsN/AWaterfall
4.6Heisler Rd (Low-Water Crossing)N/AHazard
4.9Confluence with Red Bluff CreekN/A
5.8Unnamed RapidIII
6.3Wonder HoleVIHazard
7.3FM 1283 BridgeN/AAccess
8.2Red Bluff Ranch Rd (Low Bridge)N/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

SH 16 Bridge (Class N/A)

Parking/access at river right via a dirt road on the downstream side of the highway easement

Low-Head Dam (Class N/A, Mile 0.1)

Texas Whitewater describes the creek narrowing and slipping through an undercut slot a few feet wide.

Bump Gate Rd (Low-Water Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 2.1)

Likely hazard at some levels

Low-Head Dam (Class N/A, Mile 2.4)

Runnability unknown

Unnamed Falls (Class N/A, Mile 3.7)

Appears to be a feature of some consequence.  Beta needed

Heisler Rd (Low-Water Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 4.6)

Likely hazard at certain water levels

Confluence with Red Bluff Creek (Class N/A, Mile 4.9)

Reference point

Unnamed Rapid (Class III, Mile 5.8)

This is likely the "technical Class III" described in Texas Whitewater.

Wonder Hole (Class VI, Mile 6.3)

Described in Texas Whitewater as a must-portage.  Water from the creek flows down a narrow chute and then into an underground cave.

FM 1283 Bridge (Class N/A, Mile 7.3)

Parking/access at river left.  Parking available up the hill in the turnout at the intersection of Red Bluff Ranch Rd.

Red Bluff Ranch Rd (Low Bridge) (Class N/A, Mile 8.2)

Access/parking situation unknown

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