Trinity River at Lake Worth
What a beautiful day for exploration!
In preparation for the Buffalo Bayou Regatta, in early March, I’ve been looking for a long stretch of river to paddle.
The distance between the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge and the put in/out at White Settlement is approximately 13 miles which closely matches the 15 miles of the Houston race.
But there are obstacles.
The largest is the Lake Worth dam.
So, my friend Daniel Byram and I drove to the Marion Samson Park to survey the river and to locate a place to portage around the dam using the Fort Worth Mountain Bike Association paths.
A sunny, and calm 55 degree day provided a breathtaking view.
Fort Worth is really quite beautiful.
From our vantage point we were able to locate a possible exit from the river close to the bike path that would require about a third of a mile walk with our kayaks on carts. We would re-enter the river and paddle past Camp Carter and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Fish Hatcheries.
The next obstacle would be a low water dam adjacent to Camp Carter. A slippery, moss covered spillway would be a challenge to climb down without falling. But, with a long rope, we could pull our kayaks over the spillway and re-enter the river towards White Settlement.
Reconnaissance complete, on to Heim’s for BBQ and beer.