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Arkansas whitewater, Baker Creek

Howard county, Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     3 miles
  The Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser road section of Baker Creek in Howard County is 3 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Arkansas is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. The starting point
    is not too far from Texarkana, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is a bit of a short stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Since
you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The natural beauty of Howard County and the cool fresh water beats anything. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Whitewater paddling here in the Ouachita Mountains is a great experience. The nearby hotels are  
a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
Cossatot River State Park is a great location to stop by on a beautiful day; during your trip here you'll meet some people from Umpire for sure. If you have a thing about the outdoors you'll have a thing about it here in the Ouachita Mountains. High temperatures at Baker Creek through the summertime are in the 80's, and all through summer nights temperatures are in the 60's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 40's while Baker Creek overnight low temperatures through the winter are in the 20's.

Baker Creek, Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Baker Creek.
 Whitewater Near Baker Creek:
Baker Creek, Howard County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser road)
Cossatot River, Polk County, 5 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.4 miles long (County Road 31 to Highway 246)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.25 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Highway 278/4)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 6 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.1 miles long (Highway 246 to Ed Banks Road)
Moore Creek, Howard County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6.5 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Harris Creek, Howard County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Cossatot River, Howard/ Sevier County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Gilliam Lake to County Road 70)
Camp/Flat Creek, Polk/ Howard County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4.5 miles long (Polk County Road 33 to Cossatot River)
Brushy Creek, Polk County, 8 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (Polk County 408 to Cossatot at Highway 246)
Saline River, Howard County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Shady Lake to Highway 84)
 Hotels Near Baker Creek:
Ozark Inn, Mena , 15 miles away
Western Plaza Inn, De Queen , 19 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Broken Bow, Broken Bow , 43 miles away
Super 8 Idabel, Idabel , 49 miles away
Ramada Texarkana, Texarkana , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Baker Creek:
Cossatot River State Park - US-278 Bridge, Umpire, 1 miles away
Cossatot River State Park - Cossatot Falls, Wickes, 4 miles away
Cossatot River State Park - Sand Bar Bridge, Wickes, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Baker Creek:
Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas , 4 miles away
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Arkansas , 25 miles away
Daisy State Park, Arkansas , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Baker Creek:
Ouachita Country Club, Mena , 15 miles away
Mena Golf Club, Mena , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Baker Creek
Shady Lake, Polk , 10 miles away
Irons Fork Reservoir, Polk , 19 miles away

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