This was our first weekend trip and we looked forward to this (and did tons of research). We chose this trip because of the location to where we live, and the fact that there is an outfitter (Rochelle's on the Brazos) that offers a shuttle service to the put-in 20 miles up river.
I'll start off by saying this is a beautiful paddle, but I would recommend going in early spring to early summer when the water levels are up. I called Rochelle's the day before we left to inquire about the levels and if we needed to be concerned about dragging. Two different people ensured us that kayakers would not have an issue. This turned out to be false!!
This first day was not too bad. There were only 2 places we had to get out and drag. The second day was more challenging as there were about 15 places we had to get out and drag over a 10 mile stretch.
I classified this trip as "moderate difficulty" because the flow of the river was little to none. Basically when we stopped paddling we stopped moving. The river is really wide (and deep) for the most part so I'm sure that contributes to the lack of flow.
All in all, we had a great time but were exhausted after paddling 10 miles straight for 2 days. We averaged about 10 miles in 4 hours. There were tons of deer, blue heron and condors, as well as fish leaping out of the water. There is also tons of really great camping!
If you plan on taking this trip be prepared for a lot of paddling. It is always best when you know that in advance, that way you're not always wondering when you will be able to coast and enjoy the view.
Camping in various places on the river.
Potomac 10.5' kayaks
Only fees are for shuttle service. No permits needed.
From Dallas/Ft Worth take 30/20 west to 180 (in Weatherford). Stay on 180 through Mineral Wells to FM 4. Take FM 4 to Graford. You'll cross the Brazos and immediately see Rochelle's on the right.
I would use them for the shuttle service and rentals, but don't trust what they say about the river levels. They are really there to make money and will tell you what they think you want to hear.
- Trip Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)