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Old 04-04-2009, 01:37 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I went on a tour today of Canyon Gorge, which was created by the 2002 flood. If anyone's interested in a tour, you can register here: Home - Canyon Lake Gorge and they will place you on the waiting list for the next available date. I had been on the waiting list since January, but it was well worth the wait.

Just to put things into perspective, the Canyon Gorge was created after places up stream received about 30-40" of rain in one weeks time. The Canyon Lake Dam was already under stress after previous rains, so the extra rain caused an extra overload. Average discharge is roughly 300 cubic feet per second (cfs). Maximum discharge is 5000 cfs. During the peak of the 2002 flood, the discharge was an astonishing 65,000 cfs!

It took about six weeks for the water to stop flowing down the spillway. Before the flood, this was just a valley with an arroyo (dry creek that filled only when it rained). Today, it's a beautiful gorge. The power of nature is amazing.

Enjoy the pics I took.

Canyon Lake Spillway




Dinosaur foot print




Uprooted tree from the flood, with a surviving tree in the background. Amazing.


Small protozoic fossils (the little circular disc things) in my hands:






Large snail:






More fossils:









Amazing View:


Ancient beach (well you can see the ripples of the sea):




Fault lines:


Waterfall:









Old clam:


Old snail:




Lobster looking for food:


Ancient mud cracks:








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Old 04-04-2009, 01:48 PM
 
Location: South Side
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Wow! My husband really appreciated these pics! thanks so much for sharing!
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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Very nice Anthony!
what did it look like before the flood? I've never actually been to Canyon Lake..
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:11 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Very cool pics, thanks for posting! We have talked about Canyon Gorge previously on this forum, but you are the first to post pics. Maybe we need a a group trip out there!

Cheers! M2
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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I went on a tour today of Canyon Gorge, which was created by the 2002 flood. If anyone's interested in a tour, you can register here: Home - Canyon Lake Gorge and they will place you on the waiting list for the next available date. I had been on the waiting list since January, but it was well worth the wait.

Just to put things into perspective, the Canyon Gorge was created after places up stream received about 30-40" of rain in one weeks time. The Canyon Lake Dam was already under stress after previous rains, so the extra rain caused an extra overload. Average discharge is roughly 300 cubic feet per second (cfs). Maximum discharge is 5000 cfs. During the peak of the 2002 flood, the discharge was an astonishing 65,000 cfs!

It took about six weeks for the water to stop flowing down the spillway. Before the flood, this was just a valley with an arroyo (dry creek that filled only when it rained). Today, it's a beautiful gorge. The power of nature is amazing.
Great pics Anthony SA. I'm not sure if it was the power of nature, or man that created the dam that caused such a large discharge in such a short time (geologically speaking).
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Old 04-04-2009, 04:59 PM
 
Location: S.Dak
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great pics! Thanks for sharing!!!
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Old 04-04-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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You can see this from the road when you drive to Canyon Lake from New Braunfels driving up River Road
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Old 04-04-2009, 06:20 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Yes, you can. The land between River Road and Canyon Dam is owned by the Army COE, and that's where we had our tour. What you see from River Road is a continuation of the Gorge on top of the breakaway bridge they built on top of it. The gorge continues just a little bit more that way, with less carved from it.
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Old 04-04-2009, 06:31 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Very nice Anthony!
what did it look like before the flood? I've never actually been to Canyon Lake..
It just was a nice valley of green hills with trees everywhere before. There was also small dry creek that ran downstream that only had water in it during rains.


BTW, thank you all for the compliment. I'm really glad you liked the pics
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Old 04-04-2009, 08:56 PM
 
Location: S.Dak
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I'm so jealous! You have leaves on the trees & we are still getting snow! (Yes, I came back, to see the pics, again!)
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