Hidalgo Falls River Festival

April 9-10, 2005

Hidalgo Falls on the Brazos River
Near Navasota, Texas

The fourth annual Hidalgo Falls River Festival was held on Saturday-Sunday, April 9-10, 2005 at the TRPA Hidalgo Falls property on the Brazos River near Navasota. About 250 paddlers and spectators attended. Dealer reps and outfitters had boats and gear available for demos on moving water, and some boaters came as early as Thursday to enjoy the nice play levels on the river and to camp in the upstream and downstream campgrounds.

For more photos of the festival, click here.

Events included a 26.5-mile downriver race from Batts Ferry Landing south of College Station to Hidalgo on Saturday morning, a concert on Saturday night featuring the "rockin', swingin', bluesy" sounds of The Snake Charmers from Houston, and on Sunday a whitewater giant slalom race through the islands in the Falls, a whitewater rodeo, and a more leisurely 3.5-mile float trip from Hidalgo to Hwy 105. During the downriver race on Saturday, festival goers can demo different kinds of boats, watch paddling videos, and play in the rapids. A festival t-shirt is included in the $12 festival admission fee; children under 12 are admitted free. Registration for the TCRA downriver race on Saturday costs $20 before March 24; after that date registration is $25. The registration fee includes admission to the festival site, the concert, camping, and a special racer version of the festival t-shirt.

For a map of the giant slalom race, click here.

Directions to Hidalgo Falls: http://philosophy.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 will meet visitors at the gate when they arrive.

Here are some pictures (courtesy: Skip Morris) from this year's festival:

Saturday night bandpath to rapid
    The "Snake Charmers" on Saturday Night                                                   Path to the rapid

rodeo crowd rodeo crowd
    Crowd watching the Whitewater Rodeo

Rodeo participantswavewheel
    Rodeo participants wait for a shot on the wave                  Wavewheel

Slalom racersslalom racer
    Slalom racers thread through the islands