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Upcoming events

    • 29 Jun 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Bath House Cultural Center

      We will meet at the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake at about 5:30 for a informal picnic and a mini meeting. At 6:15 we will put in and paddle over to the Arboretum to hear some of the Cool Thursday Concert. The musical guest will be the Sounds of Summer  a Beach Boys cover band.

    • 9 Sep 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • McInnish Park, Carrollton, TX

      Come join us as we give the Trinity River between Hebron Parkway and McInnish Park a good clean up before TRC XXI.

     We will meet at McInnish Park at 8:30 am. The Plan is to shuttle some paddlers to the Hebron Parkway launch so they can come down river , put some on at I -35 and launch more from McInnish. 

      There will be some extra canoes available on a first come first served basis. If you have a trailer, please plan on bringing it to help shuttle people around.

      We will also need people cleaning up from shore, especially in the park, so the more the merrier. 

     For your hard work you will provided with all the ice cold watermelon you can eat.  DDRC will also provide bottled water and trash bags. Bring gloves and your favorite trash pickin' tools.

    Questions? Contact Bryan

    • 16 Sep 2023
    • 7:30 AM
    • McInnish Park, Carrollton, TX
    Registration is closed

    The Trinity River Challenge is an paddle sport race held every September to raise money for the river related causes that the DDRC supports. The race course is a stretch of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River between Carrollton and Lewisville, Texas.

    The Recreation race will be 6 miles. Starting at McInnish Park, continuing 3 miles up river to the IH 35 Bridge and back to McInnish Park.

    The 12 Mile race will be starting at McInnish Park, continuing  6 miles up river to the Hebron Parkway Canoe launch and back to McInnish Park.

    The race is  run as an up and back race starting and finishing at McInnish Park. This eliminates the need for shuttling

    The race has grown in popularity and participation over the last few years and now has participation of up to 150 paddlers each year.

    For their entry fee and participation, the racers receive a Trinity River Challenge T-shirt and a hot lunch. Extra Tees and Lunches can be ordered in the DDRC store for pick up on Race Day until registration closes.

    Racers compete in a wide range of boat classes in Solo Canoe, Kayak,  Tandem Canoe and Kayak Divisions out for a day of fun on the river  Special awards are also given for the fastest times by age groups and the overall fastest time.

    Not a racer?  Fear not, as the TRC needs more that a few good volunteers to help with all sorts of things on Race Day. Volunteers get a free tee shirt and lunch, what a deal!  Sign up to volunteer on the race entry page when registration opens. 

    Boat Classes

    Rec Race

    Solo Rec Kayak 12' and under

    Solo Rec Kayak over 12'

    Tandem Kayak

    Solo Canoe

    Tandem Canoe

    Solo SUP

    Pro Race

    Unlimited Solo or Tandem

    Age Classes

    Junior (under 18)

    Junior Adult (under 18 with any adult)

    Adult (18 to 49)

    Senior (50 and up)

    Solo Racer Entry cost $30

    Tandem Boat Entry $50

    Souvenir Race Tee's and Extra meals can be ordered on the    DDRC Store for pickup on Race day. Early ordering ends 8/31

    Where do you fit in ?  Check out the Official Rules

     Race Day Check In starts at 7:30 am

     Race Safety meeting at 9:30 am

     Race Start  9:45 am

    Rental canoes and/or kayaks are available from:

    Trinity River Kayak Co. 

    Trinity River Expeditions 214-941-1757

    • 19 Oct 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 22 Oct 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Backwater Jacks

    Caddoween at BackWater Jack's

    on Caddo Lake

    Dallas Downriver Club formally invites you and your family or friends to help us haunt BackWater Jack's on Caddo Lake at our annual Caddoween Campout on Thursday, October 19th thru Sunday, October 22nd, 2023. 

    BackWater Jacks offers an immensely large camping area complete with restrooms and hot showers, RV Sites with hookups as well as cabins to rent so there is plenty of space for everybody, plus it has easy access to Big Cypress Bayou so that anyone wishing to paddle the lake can do so as well. 

    It is advisable to make reservations for RV sites and cabins well in advance as they can fill up fast.  You should also make tent camping reservations in advance so they keep the tent area reserved for us for the weekend.  Check out the Backwater Jacks Website for reservation info and pricing.


     Saturday, the 21st, will include several events and contests:

    12:00 - Start of the pumpkin carving contest. Bring uncarved pumpkin, knives, candles, pattern, etc. Judging starts after dark. Plan on taking pumpkin home with you as Backwater Jacks doesn't want a pumpkin patch growing in their campground.

    2:00 - Pinnate for the kids

    3:00 - Corn Hole Tournament

    5:00 - Dutch oven cook-off - have your entry ready at this time so we can eat it for dinner!

    5:30 - pot luck dinner - please bring enough for your group.

    After dinner....

    Judging for Best decorated tent site. All decorations MUST be removed when you leave.

     Trick or treating from tent to tent, bring treats or you could be tricked!


    Costume contest for kids and adults.

    Moonlight Paddle on the Bayou

    Ghost stories, bring your best! Maybe the "Lady of the Lake" will make her appearance. Pretty scary stuff!

    Awards will be given for

    Tent Site Decoration

    Kids Pumpkin Carving

    Adult Pumpkin Carving

    Dutch Oven Entree

    Dutch Oven Side Dish

    Dutch Oven Dessert

    Kids Costume

    Adult Costume

    Group Theme Costume

    Directions to BackWater Jack's Big Cypress Bayou/Caddo Lake

    To Caddo Lake, Texas:

    From Dallas: Take IH-20 East to Marshall. Exit onto US Hwy 59, and then turn left (North). Follow US Highway 59 north through Marshall past US Highway 80. Take FM RD 1793 (right).  Stay on FM RD 1793 until you will come to the intersection of FM1793 / FM 134 (about 8 miles).  Take a right on FM 134 (south).  Travel about 2 miles you will come to a “S” curve with railroad tracks in the middle of the curve.  (You will know it when you see it!).  The blacktop road to your left is Long’s Camp RD.  Come down it until you see the river.  If you get wet you went too far.

    ALTERNATE: Take IH-20 East to Marshall. Exit onto US Hwy 59, and then turn left (North). Follow US Highway 59 north through Marshall past US Highway 80. You can also take Hwy 43 East toward Karnack / Caddo Lake.  Stay on Hwy 43 until you see the FM RD 134  / FM 449 RD intersection. (about 15 miles) Turn Left onto FM 134.  Less than 4 miles you will see the railroad tracks and “S” curve.  Longs Camp RD is before the tracks to your right.  Stop when you see the river.


    Boat rentals: Canoes and kayaks can be rented at Backwater Jacks, but they must be reserved in advance by contacting Riverbend Outfitters at 903-625-9100.


      RULE 1:   HAVE A GREAT TIME!!  The remaining rules are so you, your guests, and fellow campers can as well.  We appreciate your business!

      RULE 2:  SPEED LIMIT 10 MPH. Take it real slow please.  Don't sweat it if the turtles pass you.  

      RULE 3:  QUIET HOURS: 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.  We don't expect you to whisper during quiet hours, but we ask you to keep the noise down.   Please consider your neighbors.  We think an occasional laugh or lyric will be heard. IF YOU ARE LOUD, we will let you know in the nicest way possible.

      RULE 4:  PETS:  We want to love them as much as you do. Loud and/or aggressive pets are hard to love. We need pets supervised by their owners.  We ask you to keep your pets on a leash and quiet.   The park is large and has plenty of space to wander and enjoy.

      RULE 5:  CHILDREN:  The greatest gift of all.  We want them to have a good and a very safe time.  Please do not let your kids wander without supervision.   Remember you are surrounded by water and wildlife.  Take appropriate caution.  You are here to enjoy nature.  But the nature of the area needs to be respected.

    RULE 6:  WATERWAYS & BOAT RAMP:  All bodies of water, including the river, and lake-like areas surrounding our park are not owned, operated, or controlled by Backwater Jacks RV.  We are not responsible for your use of the river or any surrounding bodies of water.  All damage to person or property arising from the use of the waterways is not the responsibility of Backwater Jacks.  Boat launching fee is waived for reserved guests.

      RULE 7:  CLEANLINESS:  Please help us keep your area clean. Trash is unattractive and will attract bugs and critters.  Some of the critters are big!!  Please use trash receptacle available on the premises.

      RULE 8:  RESTROOMS:  We strive to keep them clean and well stocked.  Let us know if they need our attention.  Bath houses are for our two-legged guests ONLY!   Pots and pans have no legs, so please do not wash them in the bathrooms. Soap provided at lavatories is for hand washing.  Please provide your own soap for showering. 

      RULE 9:  FIREARMS:  We all know what the state laws are in relation to firearms.  Obey the law.

      RULE 10: ALCOHOL:  We ask you to use it responsibly.  Drunk and disorderly behavior will not be tolerated. 

      RULE 11:  CAMPFIRES:  Fires only in the appropriate areas at each campsite, or as directed by office staff.  PLEASE keep fires on the smaller size and do not leave them unattended. Please douse with water when leaving the area. (Water faucets are located at the front and back of office building.)  BBQ grilling is permitted – bring your own firewood and grill.      

      THE LAST RULE - COMMON SENSE: USE IT!  BE CAREFUL.  BE CONSIDERATE.  This is our catch-all rule. If we see something that concerns us, we will bring it to your attention.  If something concerns you, please bring it to our attention.  




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