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Old 09-29-2020, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default Brazos river canoe trip

We will be taking a group of fourth grade girls on a 20 mile one night/two day trip from below the PK dam. We'll be renting canoes from Rochelles. Really looking forward to this trip and have a few dads who have done the trip before.

I'd appreciate any input on the trip! Anything you should have brought, fishing tips, etc.
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Old 09-29-2020, 12:11 PM   #2
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Sounds like a blast. Stay safe and take lots of pics



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Old 09-29-2020, 12:27 PM   #3
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Bring lots of bug spray. Mosquitoes are brutal right now.
Good luck on the trip. Sounds fun.
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Old 09-29-2020, 12:33 PM   #4
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It’s a great trip. Good camping spot around the mid way point on an island. River goes around both sides. The side to the right does get a little rapid area and I have seen many canoes and kayaks flip. Have fun and fish the rocks along the banks. I’ve never had much luck in the deeper areas. Probably see some large gar surfacing along the way.

And yes pack plenty of bug spray and sunscreen
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Old 09-29-2020, 12:47 PM   #5
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We did that as a bachelor party, bout 20 years ago, we had a blast.
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Old 09-29-2020, 12:54 PM   #6
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Bring lots of bug spray. Mosquitoes are brutal right now.
Good luck on the trip. Sounds fun.
I'll pack the themocell too! Glad it will be cool enough to wear long sleeves and pants at night.

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Bring earplugs

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Old 09-29-2020, 02:08 PM   #8
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that and some brown drink I outta be able to sleep thru the giggles and squeals....

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Old 09-29-2020, 02:21 PM   #9
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How is the river flowing right now? I went by Rochelle's after all that rain in early September and the river was really rolling. Hopefully you can catch it in that sweet spot between being dangerously high for inexperienced paddlers (rare this time of year) and so low you are dragging the canoe half the time. That would not be fun with a bunch of kids that age. Much depends on if they are releasing from the PK dam.

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Old 09-29-2020, 02:31 PM   #10
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Rochelle's is top notch! River was fast when we kayaked it 2 weeks ago, here is the current flow rate around Graford.

https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv?site_no=08088610

Saw tons of fish jumping, and some big suckers around "post oak bend", by the ranch they'll tell you about.

Download any music you want, you are unlikely to have service on the river.

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Old 09-29-2020, 02:46 PM   #11
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We did that trip a bunch before I moved out west. I always thought the first 10 miles is a cooler river section than the lower 10 miles.

100 CFS is low. Fishing was always best 600-1500 CFS, where the rapids really moved some water. 20 miles is a long paddle when you are doing most of the work - we usually cheated and took a 4HP motor on a square back.

My fishing tips would be throw small stuff for bass - small crappie jigs, spinners, little rapalas, always worked for me. We would usually catfish at night. Chicken livers were probably the best and most manageable bait for channel cats.
Camp on an island or bank @ one of the deeper holes right below a rapid - that's where the most fish usually hang.
Take a bait bucket, and fill it w/ smaller live bluegill. Small hooks w/ earth worms under a small bobber. Then toss a few out in the dark under a weight for the rod bending flatheads...
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Old 09-29-2020, 04:19 PM   #12
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We’ll be on the river this weekend as well. Debating doing the full 20, or just 13. I’ve done the full 20 at least 60-70 times over the last 16-17 years. It’s a great trip.

We’ll be putting in Friday around noon, and be in a blue/white kayak and red/black kayak. Say hi if you see us. I’ve been working out there a lot lately, and the skeeters haven’t been bad. Been spending all our time working on some new property out there, and with the weather being as nice as it is we figured we’ll go enjoy it for once.
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Old 09-29-2020, 05:36 PM   #13
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Here's a link on Real Time water flow. Army Corps of Enginers reports their data to USGS and a few other entities daily. But if you want an "at the moment report", here it is. Just go down to the Brazos River basin data. And PK will be listed first.



https://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/cg...srf=Rhd7fttNFC


I keep up with this on a very regular basis. Especially the Brazos River basin. I took Geology as my science electives for my core in Real Estate for my BBA. It opened up my eyes to a lot more than hydrodynamics.

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Old 09-29-2020, 06:28 PM   #14
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Moms...that's what you should bring. If the size of the group is fewer than ten, you only need one; more than ten, at least two.

Here's why: you dads simply aren't equipped to handle females in packs. Following is a list of things I guarantee will happen on this trip, at least once:

one girl will start her period unexpectedly, will die of embarrassment...and will cry;
one girl will become the victim of teasing, will die of embarrassment...and will cry;
one girl will get an upset stomach, throw up, will die of embarrassment...and will cry;
several girls will get diarrhea, be too embarrassed to say anything...and will cry.

Moms know how to handle these situations and, by our very natures, tend to carry all the supplies needed to address every issue under the sun. If you dads want to enjoy the experience, invite one of the moms to go with you so you.

All joking aside, though, I do not think that, in this day and age, it's wise for grown men to be alone with young girls (if, in fact, I understand your plans correctly). In the interest of self-preservation (you dads) and to eliminate even the slightest possibility of false accusations or misunderstandings, I advise you to have at least one adult female with you at all times. It's just the way things are.
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Old 09-29-2020, 08:02 PM   #15
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Man we used to do this every year !
Paddle down to Turtle island and camp there, that way day 2 is not so bad.
Great bass fishing in all the rapids, especially spots and smallmouth. White road runners Will catch sand bass all day long in the pools between the rapids.
Watch out for the Skunk Ape in those hills !
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Old 09-29-2020, 08:31 PM   #16
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I have been wanting to do this trip. Have fun and report back on how it went please
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Old 09-29-2020, 08:40 PM   #17
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Iíve been once in college.

One of the greatest trips Iíve ever been on.

We went in May.

Warm enough to swim.

We fished, cooked a lot of great food, and slept under the stars. It was awesome.

We also took a trolling motor and battery.

Everyone tied up to each other and let the lead boat with trolling motor drag us around lol it was awesome


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Old 04-28-2021, 09:40 PM   #18
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Ttt. This was a fun trip and we will do it again!....water was a little too low but you make due with what you have!
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Old 04-28-2021, 10:03 PM   #19
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Good for you taking those young ladies on that cool Brazos River canoe trip. Looks like good weather for them which always helps. Great pics of happy campers in beautiful country.
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Old 04-28-2021, 10:13 PM   #20
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Great work sir! I made this trip countless times with my dad, brother, cousin and uncle. We caught so many fish it was amazing......until time to clean them. Lol.

I keep wanting to take my family on it one day when work let’s up a little.
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Old 04-28-2021, 10:14 PM   #21
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Very cool!


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Old 04-29-2021, 06:29 AM   #22
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Weíre headed back this evening when I get off work. One of my absolute favorite weekend trips, and this will be the first time I get to take my boy with me!
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Old 04-29-2021, 07:01 AM   #23
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Cool
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Old 04-29-2021, 07:39 AM   #24
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Those girls will remember that adventure the rest of their lives.
I did that trip with my Dad and our Indian Guides group a very long time ago.

Nicely done.
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Old 04-29-2021, 08:00 AM   #25
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Cool trip !!! Me and Hoot did the same thing starting at Oaks Crossing and went all the way to Hill Billy Haven on I20, some beautiful country side for sure.
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Old 04-29-2021, 08:20 AM   #26
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Ttt. This was a fun trip and we will do it again!....water was a little too low but you make due with what you have!
That is awesome....great job dads! Love to see these girl/dad bonding trips!!!
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:18 AM   #27
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Well done, dad!
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:28 AM   #28
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Word.

Go Team!
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Old 04-29-2021, 12:43 PM   #29
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WTG --- dads.................
Done that trip, many times..................
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Old 04-29-2021, 12:59 PM   #30
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Yessir, great job dads!!

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Old 04-29-2021, 01:34 PM   #31
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Lord help y'all with those rock grabber aluminum canoes. Good for you for doing that though. I'll bet those girls will always remember that trip. We floated that stretch some years back, seems like I remember a lot of flat water but pretty awesome scenery.
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Old 04-29-2021, 02:05 PM   #32
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Cool trip !!! Me and Hoot did the same thing starting at Oaks Crossing and went all the way to Hill Billy Haven on I20, some beautiful country side for sure.
I'll have to look up that stretch. This place is great and barely remember you are two hours from dfw. The milky way and stars were Amazing on our trip!
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