ROCHELLE'S CANOE RENTAL
MAP & INFORMATION
DEPOSITS - MAIL TO:
7024 NORTH FARM ROAD #4
GRAFORD, TEXAS 76449
FROM DALLAS - FORT WORTH
Take Interstate 20 WEST to exit 414 (Weatherford-Mineral Wells) (Highway 180 WEST) Stay on highway 180 through Weatherford and Mineral Wells - Go 12 miles take a right on FM 4 North (the first right as you enter Palo Pinto - if you pass the courthouse you have gone too far) go 7 miles to river bridge - we are on the right.
Take Interstate 20 EAST to exit 361 (Highway 16 North) Go to Highway 180 - turn right and go past the courthouse in Palo Pinto then turn left on FM 4 North - go 7 miles to river bridge - we are on the right.
WE ACCEPT NO CREDIT CARDS
SHUTTLE SERVICE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR OWN VEHICLE AND CANOES $30.00
SQUARE STERN CANOES BY REQUEST (FOR YOUR OWN MOTOR)
$20.00 - DEPOSIT FOR EACH CANOE (PADDLES AND LIFE VESTS INCLUDED)
ALL DEPOSITS REFUNDED WHEN ALL EQUIPMENT IS RETURNED
SHUTTLE SERVICE AVAILABLE $25.00 / $30.00
*PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE*
WE ACCEPT NO CREDIT CARDS
The first portion of this trip, the nineteen and one-half miles from the Highway 16 crossing to the Dark Valley Bridge (Highway 4), is the most scenic, rustic and exciting trip the upper Brazos has to offer.
The craggy cliffs and boulders seem to echo the historic past of the Brazos. named by the Spanish "Brazos de Dios" meaning Arms of God. This descriptive name is suitable because of the great spread of tributaries.
After the Spanish came the Comanche's, who ruled the river banks until the 1800's. Legend has it that a lone cowboy was scalped alive and left to die in the Garland Bend area of the upper Brazos.
If history of the Brazos creates some inner stirrings of interest. purchase and digest "Goodbye to a River" by John Graves.
The put in point for this trip should be the Highway 16 bridge below Possum Kingdom Lake.
Although there are a few exciting rapids, especially one below the mouth of loni Creek. this is a trip to be enjoyed by everyone.
Spring and Autumn are usually the best seasons for the trip. Water levels are better at these times and temperatures more bearable. The hot summer months are good only if there is adequate water flow for enjoyable canoeing
Even at low water levels, the river starts to deepen in the Chick Bend area. There will still be some shallows at low water levels, but they will be shorter and less tiring.
Fishing for pan fish, bass and catfish is usually good to excellent. This also is dependent upon water flow and conditions. There are many photogenic spots, especially the rocky sections of Garland and Chick Bend, or the small exciting rapids. Campsites are abundant and adequate. However, there are no parks or public camping facilities. All gear which is needed must be carried.
The entire trip, Highway 16 to Highway 180 should be considered a four day trip. Highway 4 (see map above) cuts this trip in half and is a good take out or put in point for a two day trip. Rochelles live adjacent to the Dark Valley Bridge and will shuttle your vehicle and equipment for a nominal charge. The topographical quadrangle for this trip is the Abilene, Texas quadrangle.