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Arkansas whitewater, Blakely Creek - North Fork

Hot Spring county, North Fork Road to Highway 84 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     2.9 miles
 
This stream is really small and can only be paddled after locally heavy rain. Most of the rapids are in the first half mile and a few more when you join up with the main fork of Blakely creek.
De Roche creek nearby is a better run but this would make a good chaser or a good intro to creek paddleing. Says Greg Parker

The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Arkansas are often easier than in other states, so don't
    forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. If you're coming from Hot Springs it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page
so you won’t get lost. The scenic beauty of Arkansas and the water flowing gracefully down Blakely Creek - North Fork attract people from near and far. This section of Blakely Creek - North Fork in Hot Spring County is 2.9 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. This is a short paddling stretch so no need to bring snacks. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The nearby hotels are a bit  
away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the North Fork Road to Highway 84 section is one of them. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. The beauty of the Ouachita Mountains is a great plus for this river.

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular place for folks from Jones Mill, and Lake Catherine State Park is a splendid location to stop at on a delightful day.

Blakely Creek - North Fork, North Fork Road to Highway 84 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Blakely Creek - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Blakely Creek - North Fork:
Blakely Creek - North Fork, Hot Spring County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 2.9 miles long (North Fork Road to Highway 84)
Ouachita River, Hot Spring County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Remmel Dam to I-30 at Malvern)
Ouachita River, Hot Spring County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 0.1 miles long (Rockport Ledge)
Gulpha Creek, Garland County, 10 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.2 miles long (Ridgeway Road to Highway 270)
De Roche Creek, Hot Spring/Clark County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Highway 283 to Highway 67)
Saline River - Alum Fork, Saline County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 20.5 miles long (Highway 5 to Benton City Park)
Saline River - Middle Fork, Garland County, 25 miles away
      Class II(III) - 0.9 miles long (Iron Springs to Buffalo Gap Road)
Saline River - North Fork, Saline County, 26 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.7 miles long (Steel Bridge Road to Lyle Park)
Lake Norrell Spillway, Saline County, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.2 miles long (Lake Norrell Spillway)
Trace Creek, Perry County, 29 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.5 miles long (NFR 780 to Highway 7)
 Marinas Near Blakely Creek - North Fork:
Hot Springs Marina, Hot Springs National Park , 12 miles away
Power Boats, Hot Springs National Park , 13 miles away
Balboa Dam Stoarge, Hot Springs Village , 15 miles away
R & J Marina, Hot Springs Village , 15 miles away
Iron Mountain Lodge & Marina, Arkadelphia , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Blakely Creek - North Fork:
Comfort Inn Malvern, Malvern , 6 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MALVERN, Malvern , 6 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Malvern, Malvern , 7 miles away
Super 8 Malvern, Malvern , 7 miles away
Knights Inn Hot Springs, Hot Springs , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blakely Creek - North Fork:
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs, 5 miles away
Bartee Meadow RV Park and Camping, Hot Springs National Park, 9 miles away
Western Village Mobile Home Park, Hot Springs National Park, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Blakely Creek - North Fork:
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 11 miles away
Lake Catherine State Park, Arkansas , 4 miles away
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Arkansas , 17 miles away
Lake Ouachita State Park, Arkansas , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Blakely Creek - North Fork:
Lakeside Golf Club, Hot Springs , 7 miles away
Lakeview Golf Club, Hot Springs National , 8 miles away
Hot Springs Golf & Country Club, Hot Springs National Park , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Blakely Creek - North Fork
Lake Catherine, Hot Spring , 4 miles away
Lake Hamilton, Garland , 9 miles away
Sleepy Valley Lake, Garland , 13 miles away

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