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Arkansas whitewater, Ben Doodle Branch

Crawford county, Camping area to Highway 220 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     7.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The starting location is a short drive from Fort Smith, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The beautiful scenery of Arkansas and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile.
    The Camping area to Highway 220 stretch of Ben Doodle Branch in Crawford County is 7.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V section. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in
nature are great reasons to come. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The campgrounds here at Ben Doodle Branch are pretty good. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too.  
Whitewater paddling here in the Boston Mountains is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Butterfield Hiking Trail, and Lake Fort Smith State Park is a striking site any time of year. Yep, outdoors entertaining stuff truly is bountiful here in the Boston Mountains. The cheerful people of Chester like to hang out nearby, and Devil's Den State Park is a good site to stretch your legs a bit. A river like this is too good to miss. All the water falling down from the sky makes Ben Doodle Branch a wet site. The month of May is the wettest with most of the rain, and the driest month of the year is January.

Ben Doodle Branch, Camping area to Highway 220 road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Ben Doodle Branch.
 Whitewater Near Ben Doodle Branch:
Hart Creek, Crawford County, 0 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (to Highway 220)
Ben Doodle Branch, Crawford County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (Camping area to Highway 220)
Lee Creek, Crawford County, 3 miles away
      Class II+ - 3 miles long (Highway 220 to NFS Access)
Lee Creek, Crawford Washington County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.4 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
Blackburn Creek, Crawford County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
Fall Creek, Washington / Crawford County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 12 miles long (Strickler to Lee Creek)
Clear Creek, Crawford County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Chester to Mountainburg)
Cedar Creek - East Fork, Crawford County, 8 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.8 miles long (Hobbitown to Cedar Creek)
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Lancaster Bridge to Rudy)
Cedar Creek - West Fork, Crawford County, 9 miles away
      Class II+ - 1.9 miles long (Highway 162 to Cedar Creek)
 Marinas Near Ben Doodle Branch:
Wildcat Marina, Van Buren , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Ben Doodle Branch:
Quality Inn & Suites, Alma , 13 miles away
Days Inn Alma, Alma , 13 miles away
Hampton Inn Van Buren, Van Buren , 15 miles away
BEST WESTERN Van Buren Inn, Van Buren , 15 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Van Buren, Van Buren , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ben Doodle Branch:
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork, 4 miles away
Winn Creek RV Retreat, Winslow, 11 miles away
Alma KOA Kampground, Alma, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Ben Doodle Branch:
Butterfield Hiking Trail, Crawford , 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ben Doodle Branch:
George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond - MO , 64 miles away
Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas , 4 miles away
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas , 10 miles away
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ben Doodle Branch:
Eagle Crest Golf Course, Alma , 14 miles away
River Valley Golf, Alma , 15 miles away
Cedars Country Club, Van Buren , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Ben Doodle Branch
Lee Creek Reservoir, Crawford , 15 miles away
Hollis Lake, Crawford , 18 miles away
Lake Wilson, Washington , 19 miles away

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