Hidalgo Falls River Festival
April 18, 2004
Hidalgo Falls on the Brazos River
Near Navasota, Texas
Events began at 10:00 a.m. with a 6.5-mile downriver race from just downstream of the falls to Washington on the Brazos State Park. A number of paddlers used the available shuttles simply to do a float trip. The downriver race was sponsored by the East Texas River Runners (contact Noel Kirkwood) and coordinated by James Williams. While the racers/floaters were on the river, others set up the slalom race course or tried out the latest whitewater kayaks on moving water. The slalom race began at 1:30 p.m., and the whitewater rodeo occurred at 3:00. The awards ceremony was at 5:30 p.m.
Directions to Hidalgo Falls: http://people.tamu.edu/~sdaniel/location.html
To get into the TRPA property, you normally have to meet someone at the locked gate or be certified (and thus get the gate combination). We met visitors at the gate when they arrived.
Here are some pictures (courtesy: Gordon Niessen) from this year's festival:
Downriver race/float trip: James Williams 979-776-5530 (no email)
Slalom race: John Criscione (email@example.com)
Whitewater rodeo: Bruce Litton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Exhibits, demos, and classes: Patti Carothers (email@example.com)
Overall coordination: Steve Daniel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Information about the location of Hidalgo Falls, TRPA ownership, pictures, etc. can be found at the Hidalgo Falls website:
Free primitive camping is available at the TRPA property (limited toilet and water facilities available). For information on Navasota motels, contact Steve Daniel.