Canadian River - US 287 Bridge (PnP)

Canadian River, Texas, US


US 287 Bridge (PnP)

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 0.1 Miles

US 287 bridge play spot

US 287 bridge play spot
Photo by david brauer taken 10/15/08 @ 900 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Canadian Rv nr Amarillo, TX
usgs-07227500 800 - 7000 cfs II 00h48m 35.8 cfs (too low)

River Description

Just upstream of the US 287 bridge, a high-water channel joins the main river channel.  The high-water channel has created a sandbar that extends into the main channel, and the edge of this sandbar creates an eddy fence that can be utilized for stern squirts and bow stalls.  The feature is accessed from river left.

The US 287 bridge has two concrete supports.  Both bridge supports create eddy fences that are good for stern squirts, bow stalls and other eddyline-related playboating activities.  The river right side of the downstream support is not very friendly, due to the USGS gauge equipment.  These eddy fences are good at 900 cfs and above.  Play may be possible at lower flows.

At 3000 cfs, compression waves form adjacent to the downstream bridge support.  The first wave is breaking and surfable.  About 50 yards downstream of bridge is another set of waves that may be surfable on the fly.

At 3000 cfs and above, the river is bank full, creating few eddies, and those eddies that exist are not well-formed.

At 900 cfs and above, the water is very silty, like boating in chocolate milk.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-07-08 07:09:26


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User Comments

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June 4 2014 (1692 days ago)
david brauerDetails
As May 26 2014, the area the around the bridges is changing due to replacement of existing spans.
During this construction beware of rebar under the surface. I got two deep scratches in my kayak
hull from unseen rebar at flows of 5000 cfs.
August 10 2013 (1991 days ago)
david brauerDetails
The USGS gage as configured in 2012 reads at least 1 foot of wet mud. So a reading of 2 feet means
there is maybe a foot of water at the deepest part under the bridge. The earlier stated lower limit
is probably accurate. For play on the eddy lines a minimum flow closer to 4 feet is best.