Whitewater Kayaking Info

Texas Whitewater: The DVD

produced by Ken Wealty and Steve Daniel

The long-awaited Texas Whitewater DVD received its premier on April 8, 2006 at the Hidalgo Falls River Festival. Based on footage by Ken Wealty and sixteen other paddler/videographers, the film showcases 33 rivers and creeks in the state and features more than 50 Texas paddlers. Clips of classics such as Mexican Creek, the Blanco Narrows, Pedernales Falls, the Lower Guadalupe at high water, and Night Ops at San Marcos' (old) Rio Vista Dam complement segments on Austin favorites like Barton Creek and Dallas-Fort Worth runs such as the Clear Fork of the Trinity, and Denton, White Rock, and Rowlett Creeks. The soundtrack of the 35-minute video combines reggae, heavy metal, boogie woogie, industrial riffs, southern rock, and rhythm and blues to highlight scenes that will surprise a lot of paddlers.

Here is a 30-second trailer of the DVD. If you can't view it here, download it directly.

Here is a two-minute short, More Texas Whitewater, of some high water runs on Mexican Creek, with new footage from Crabapple Creek and Pedernales Falls. Click on the arrow to start. If you can't view it here, download it directly.

The DVD includes both of these clips plus another, high-water run of Crabapple Creek, and is available for a $20 donation to the Texas Rivers Protection Association. All proceeds go to the Hidalgo Falls project of TRPA. $10 of the donation is tax deductible. Or you can join TRPA at the Guardian level ($50 or more a year) and get the DVD and access to the Hidalgo Falls property. Click here to get your copy of the DVD.

Texas Whitewater: The DVD 2006 Video Tour: Paddle Club Showings, Presentations, Signings

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Texas Whitewater, revised edition

by Steve Daniel

Originally published in 1999 by Texas A&M University Press, now available in an updated and expanded version (2004). Over 260 pages, covering more than 100 whitewater streams (most never described before), 84 maps, 118 photos (51 new). Twenty-three new streams, eight new segments on previously listed streams. The first book devoted entirely to whitewater in the Lone Star state. In-depth information on needed waterflow levels and legal issues concerning access.

More than 6400 copies sold! Now in a new, expanded edition.

To see the new edition's Table of Contents, click here.

"This is an awesome hunk of information on paddling whitewater in Texas. It will become not just a resource, but a 'bible' for paddlers and for those coming to visit and explore this beautiful state. It is also humorous and entertainingly written. I personally found it extremely enjoyable to read."--Carolyn Peterson

Order the new edition of Texas Whitewater from Amazon.com for $14.95 (just click here)

Or order Texas Whitewater directly from Texas A&M University Press for $14.95 (just click here)

Also available at paddling and outdoor shops and bookstores (e.g., Barnes & Noble, Hastings) in Texas

Additions to the revised edition of Texas Whitewater

Texas Whitewater 1999 Book Tour: slide show presentations and book signings

Pictures of the Blanco Narrows

Hidalgo Falls

USGS Streamflows and lake levels in Texas

LCRA on Colorado River Drainage (more up-to-the-minute than USGS)

Texas Reservoir Releases, Corps of Engineers (click Daily Reports)

NWS River Forecast Center (click River Systems)

TPWD River Guide (click Flow Gages or Boater Access)


Paddle Texas: discussion list, pictures, etc.

Texas Flash Flood Warnings: Where the Rain Really Is

Texas and Arkansas Regional Radar (updated hourly)

Oklahoma-Arkansas Radar

Current National Radar Map (updated every hour)

Arkansas State Forecast

Arkansas Regional Forecasts

USGS Current Streamflows, National

Ozark Whitewater Page by Bill Herring

Arkansas Canoe Club

Dallas DownRiver Club

Houston Canoe Club

Kansas Paddler Page (good for links to many whitewater sites)

American Whitewater

Local places to receive instruction:

Southwest Paddlesports, The Woodlands (Houston)

Kayak Instruction Inc., Rowlett (Dallas)

Power Olympic Outdoor Center, San Marcos (between Austin and San Antonio)

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