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Texas whitewater, Salado Creek

Bell county, FM 2843 to Salado section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+     5 miles
The section described here (FM 2843) is not doable.  There are now fences across this section of the creek that you will be unable to portage.  The only section of Salado Creek that can be paddled begins in downtown Salado and ends at Armstrong Road.  There are multiple dams and low water crossings as well as some very shallow spots.  During normal flow you will have to drag about 50% of the time.  Also, some landowners do not understand the
    navigable waterways laws. Says Jeff Warren

So, after reading the above review, the wife and I decided to give this river a shot (we live close by anyway). We have had tons of rain this year, and the water was moving
at a pretty good clip. However, the creek bed is wide, making the water shallow. We spent at least 50% of the trip walking. There are a few deep pools, but they are few and far between. Also, not mentioned above, we crossed 4 dams. 2 were easy, 2 were not. Some of the scenery was very nice, but personally, I think it wasn't nice enough to risk twisting an ankle.
If you do decide to go, give yourself an minimum of 5 hours to complete the
trip. Says Jason E

The starting location is a short drive from Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. This stretch of Salado Creek in Bell County is 5 miles long and has been rated as a class II+ section by American Whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good spots.

Salado Creek, FM 2843 to Salado road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Salado Creek.
 Whitewater Near Salado Creek:
Salado Creek, Bell County, 2 miles away
      Class II+ - 5 miles long (FM 2843 to Salado)
Berry Creek, Williamson County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Shell Road to Weir)
San Gabriel River, Williamson County, 19 miles away
      Class II+ - 10 miles long (Georgetown City Pk to Jonah)
San Gabriel River - North Fork, Williamson County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (L. Georgetown to Georgetown)
Brushy Creek, Williamson County, 26 miles away
      Class II+ - 6 miles long (FM 620 to Forest Cr Golf Club Road)
San Gabriel River - North Fork, Williamson County, 27 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (CR 200 to US 183)
Rocky Creek, Burnet County, 29 miles away
      Class II - 7.5 miles long (US 183 to Oakalla)
San Gabriel River - South Fork, Williamson County, 30 miles away
      Class II - 18 miles long (Liberty Hill to Georgetown)
 Marinas Near Salado Creek:
Frank's Marina, Belton , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Salado Creek:
The Inn At Salado, Salado , 2 miles away
Holiday Inn Express SALADO-BELTON, Salado , 3 miles away
Days Inn Salado, Salado , 3 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Belton -Temple South, Belton , 8 miles away
Budget Host Inn Belton, Belton , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salado Creek:
Union Grove - Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, -blank-, 5 miles away
Dana Peak, Nolanville, 6 miles away
Belton / Temple / Killeen KOA, Belton, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Salado Creek:
Chalk Ridge Falls Park Trail, Bell , 5 miles away
Dana Peak Park Trail, Bell , 6 miles away
Miller Springs Nature Center Trail, Bell , 12 miles away
Good Water Trail, Williamson , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Salado Creek:
Mother Neff State Park, Texas , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Salado Creek:
Mill Creek Golf Club, Salado , 4 miles away
Clarksville Country Club, Clarksville , 7 miles away
Leon Valley Golf Course, Belton , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Salado Creek
Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Bell , 6 miles away
Belton Lake, Bell , 12 miles away
Engineer Lake, Bell , 15 miles away

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