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Texas whitewater, Cherokee Creek

San Saba county, FM 501 to Colorado Bend SRA Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     9 miles
Here's a section of Cherokee Creek 6 creek miles above the put in point on 501. Taken from my porch 70' above the water. The flow was 300cfs when taken Says WT Fleming (see picture)

I've lived on the CHerokee above the 501 put in for 6 years. THe usual flow is 10-20 cfs in a good year. However, I have seen it up over 18,000cfs and it came up 32' in 4 hours back in 2004. At anything over 2000-3000cfs be very carefull of the wire, cattle
    panels, cable, and barbed wire at what we call the water gaps. There's at leat one at each landowner's property line. In a flood they break and trail downstream and may be invisible till you're trapped....................WT
Fleming Says Wendell Fleming

If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. This section of Cherokee Creek is 9 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Texas and the playfulness of
the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you're coming from Brownwood it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more.

Cherokee Creek, FM 501 to Colorado Bend SRA Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Cherokee Creek.
 Whitewater Near Cherokee Creek:
Colorado River, Lampasas San Saba County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 16 miles long (Bend to Colorado Bend State Rec Area)
Cherokee Creek, San Saba County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (FM 501 to Colorado Bend SRA Road)
Colorado River, Burnet County, 20 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Lake Buchanan Dam to SH 29)
Llano River, Llano County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 19 miles long (Llano to FM 3404)
Sixmile Creek, Llano County, 29 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (FM 2323 to FM 152)
 Hotels Near Cherokee Creek:
Days Inn & Suites Llano, Llano , 21 miles away
Best Western Llano, Llano , 21 miles away
Best Western Plus Lampasas Inn & Suites, Lampasas , 25 miles away
Inn At Lampasas, Lampasas , 26 miles away
Best Western Post Oak Inn, Burnet , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cherokee Creek:
Colorado Bend State Park - Windmill, Bend, 2 miles away
Colorado Bend State Park, Bend, 2 miles away
Pelican Point Resort, Tow, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Cherokee Creek:
Colorado Bend State Park Trail, San Saba , 6 miles away
Canyon of the Eagles Trail, Burnet , 13 miles away
Cedar Point Recreation Area Trail, Llano , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cherokee Creek:
Colorado Bend State Park, Texas , 5 miles away
Inks Lake State Park, Texas , 23 miles away
Longhorn Cavern State Park, Texas , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cherokee Creek:
San Saba Municipal Golf Course, San Saba , 13 miles away

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