In October of 2018 Texas was hit with a tremendous amount of rainfall.
Due to the massive amounts of rain, rivers were rushing far beyond their capacity and reached historic levels. Damage was very extensive, many homes were lost, bridges were destroyed and rivers were also damaged.
Fortunately, conditions have stabilized again but I was curious to see what condition the South Llano River was in from all the flooding it had gone through.
It had been quite some time since I have got out on the water. In fact, the last time I got out on the water was in August of 2018. I was extremely excited to paddle my Pau Hana Endurance on the South Llano and I was curious to see what the water quality was like.
Upon arriving at the South Llano River early in the morning I saw the water quality was amazing…in fact, I’ve never seen the river more clear than it was this time. I think there are several reasons for this. For one, the river is recovering from the flooding and sometimes when there is a big flood it can flush out all of the silt and algae leaving a clean river behind. Another reason is that the South Llano is heavily spring fed and these type of rivers tend to be a little cleaner in the winter.