Red Bull "The Return to Hell's Gate" 2015 Helpful information

Posted by on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 4:24pm.

Yep it is already that time of year again……

Red Bull Cliff Diving will take place at a remote location on the water at Possum Kingdom Lake called Hells Gate. The only viewing is via kayak, stand up paddleboard, personal watercraft, or boat. There is NO on-land viewing available for the event. Hell’s Gate Cove is surrounded by private property and there is a zero trespass policy.

Red Bull Cliff Diving is free to the public. Due to there being a limited capacity on the lake as well as in Hell’s Gate Cove, the Brazos River Authority reserves the right to close access to boat ramps and Hell’s Gate Cove at any time to ensure the safety of all guests. (So it will be best as with all BIG holiday weekends to

**NEW FOR 2015

Please note that, due to safety concerns, there will be no swimming or floating allowed in the spectator area immediately in front of the dive platform. Also there will be no swimming or floating in the navigation channels inside of Hell’s Gate Cove. These rules will be strictly enforced.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Red Bull Cliff Diving taking place?

The event is at Hell’s Gate Cove on Possum Kingdom Lake. “PK” Lake is a hidden gem in the North Texas lake lifestyle. Nestled in the Palo Pinto Hills, PK features over 19,000 acres of clear blue water and also is one of Texas’ deepest lakes. It is also an oasis for fishing, diving, wind surfing, hiking, trail running, trail biking, and camping. For more information regarding transportation, accommodations, dining, boat launch/storage, watercraft rentals, activities on PK Lake please visit 

Will the event be televised?

All Red Bull World Series competitions are broadcast on Fox Sports 1. Be sure to watch the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series stop at Possum Kingdom Lake broadcast on Fox Sports 1. 

How do we enter Hell’s Gate Cove?

The Hell’s Gate channel entrance will be closed during the event. Please use the channel on the east side of Devil’s Island to enter the cove. Follow all posted signs as you enter and be sure to follow direction given by the Brazos River Authority, the Sheriff’s Department, and event personnel. Also be sure to anchor in the appropriate area for your watercraft size and type.

What time is the seeding round of competition?

Date: Friday, May 29


1:30pm – 2:20pm Training – Women’s

2:25pm – 2:30pm Athletes (Women) and Judges - Introductions

2:30pm – 3:19pm Round 1 and Round 2 – Women’s

3:19pm – 3:39pm Warm Up Dives – Men’s

3:39pm – 3:44pm Athlete (Men) - Introductions

3:44pm – 4:12pm Seeding Round – Men’s

4:17pm – 5:17pm Training – Men’s and Women’s 

What time is the championship round of competition?

Date: Saturday, May 30


12:00pm – 12:15pm Show Open

12:15pm – 1:00pm Performance – Billy the Kidd from 106.1 Kiss FM

1:00pm – 1:45pm Competition Preview

1:45pm – 2:15pm Warm Up Dives – Men’s and Women’s

2:20pm – 2:25pm Athlete Introductions – Women’s

2:26pm – 2:30pm Judges – Introduction and National Anthem by Sudie

2:30pm – 2:44pm Women’s Final Round

2:48pm – 2:53pm Athlete Introductions – Men’s

2:55pm – 3:23pm Round 2 (Head to Head) – Men’s

3:28pm – 3:56pm Round 3 (Head to Head) – Men’s

4:05pm – 4:23pm Final (Top 8) – Men’s

4:28pm – 4:38pm Awards Ceremony – Women’s and Men’s 

How do I get to Possum Kingdom Lake?

Drive times to Bluff Creek Marina (South shore of the lake):

· Dallas – 2hrs 15 minutes, 116 miles

· Fort Worth – 1hr 45 minutes, 85 miles

· Abilene – 1hr 45 minutes, 93 miles

More information is available

Will there be concessions?

No food or beverages will be available at the event. Please plan and stock your boats accordingly. Also, please help keep PK Lake clean and dispose of your trash in the proper receptacles when leaving the lake. 

Are there public restrooms available?

No, but there are plenty of restrooms at the many marinas that service the lake. For more information on their location, please visit 

Is there lodging available?

For tips on available lodging in the area, 

We are staying for the weekend. What else is there to do?

Possum Kingdom is an activity paradise! There is camping, biking, hiking, dining, and all sorts of outdoor activities to fill up your weekend. Please contact the PK Chamber of Commerce by visiting

Here is some very useful information from the Brazos River Authority

Frequently Asked Questions 

How many boat ramps are available and where are they located?

Due to the higher water levels the Brazos River Authority will be opening the “High Water” boat ramps only.  Please see the BRA website for more information. 

Where is the closest ramp to Hells Gate?

Please see the BRA website for more information.

Is there parking at the ramps?

Yes, but parking is limited at several of the Brazos River Authority boat ramps. Each Brazos River Authority ramp will have an attendant that will direct truck and trailer drivers to available parking areas. Once the available parking has been occupied. The ramp will be closed to additional boats seeking to access the lake. 

Is there a user fee to put a boat on Possum Kingdom Lake?

· There is a nominal Water Recreational User Fee that applies to all motorized vessels accessing Possum Kingdom Lake. The fee structure is as follows:

· One day permit - $5.00 per boat

· Three day permit – $12.00 per boat

· Five day permit – $20.00 per boat

· Annual permit good for the current calendar year - $50.00 (discount available for active and retired military and seniors over 65)

· Permits are available at local lake merchants. Additionally, daily permits will be available at Brazos River Authority boat ramps Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM. Sales at the boat ramps are cash only and correct amount ($5) is appreciated.  

How close are the camping areas to the Hells Gate area by boat?

Approximate distance only:

· 3.5 miles from South D & D.

· 4.0 miles from Scenic Cove.

· 10.5 miles from North D & D.

· 4.2 miles from Bug Beach.

· 8.5 miles from Sandy Beach.

· 12.4 miles from Public Low Water Ramp  

Will there be anyone allowed in the water around their boats inside Hell’s Gate?

Yes, you are allowed in the water, but please be aware of the emissions from the boats engines while running. This creates deadly carbon monoxide which can be fatal. Additionally, there will be a large number of vessels inside Hell’s Gate and the hazards associated with this boat concentration (e.g. operating propellers) may convince you to remain in your boat.

How far is it from Fort Worth to Possum Kingdom Lake?

Approximately 90 miles from the west of Fort Worth. 

How many boats can fit into Hell’s Gate?

It depends on the size of boats involved. Red Bull, through its production company, Hangman, have developed a zoned off boat mooring plan that includes attendants that will direct boats to mooring zones. Brazos River Authority Lake Rangers along with Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens will monitor the flow of boats into Hell’s Gate cove. Should, in their opinion, the cove fill to the point that additional boats may compromise public safety, the cove will be closed to additional boats

Are there any special restrictions that apply to this event?

· The western entrance into Hell’s Gate Cove will be closed daily to boat traffic before and during the event. It will reopen upon conclusion of that day’s events. Boat access into Hell’s Gate Cove is from the east side of Devil’s Island.

· Devil’s Island & Camp Grady spruce will be closed to the public.

· Trespassers will be prosecuted.

· Please observe & obey all posted signage.

I hope that you find this information helpful and look forward to seeing you all here!


Until next time.... I hope that you enjoy your "Slice of PK"

Dee Dee Jordan Realtor for Pondera Properties


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