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Arkansas whitewater, Cedar Creek

Crawford county, Confluence to Rudy section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     7.7 miles
  This stretch of Cedar Creek in Crawford County is 7.7 miles long and has been rated as a class II 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 a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The nature scenery of Crawford County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming
    here. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but
do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Confluence to Rudy stretch is just one of them. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. When you're paddling down a Boston Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. There's camping available near Cedar Creek. The put-in location  
is a reasonable drive from Fort Smith, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Cedar Creek there are plenty of folks from Cedarville; when you're here it's always fun to stop by Lake Fort Smith State Park. All year is a magnificent time in the Boston Mountains if you adore the outdoors. It's always glorious to pop by Oliver Springs; if you're here you can take a hike along the Butterfield Hiking Trail.

Cedar Creek, Confluence to Rudy 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 Cedar Creek.
 Whitewater Near Cedar Creek:
Cedar Creek - East Fork, Crawford County, 2 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.8 miles long (Hobbitown to Cedar Creek)
Cedar Creek, Crawford County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 7.7 miles long (Confluence to Rudy)
Cedar Creek - West Fork, Crawford County, 3 miles away
      Class II+ - 1.9 miles long (Highway 162 to Cedar Creek)
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Lancaster Bridge to Rudy)
Lee Creek, Crawford County, 9 miles away
      Class II+ - 3 miles long (Highway 220 to NFS Access)
Hart Creek, Crawford County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (to Highway 220)
Ben Doodle Branch, Crawford County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (Camping area to Highway 220)
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Mountainburg to Lancaster Bridge)
Clear Creek, Crawford County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Chester to Mountainburg)
Lee Creek, Crawford Washington County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.4 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
 Marinas Near Cedar Creek:
Wildcat Marina, Van Buren , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Cedar Creek:
Sleep Inn & Suites Van Buren, Van Buren , 5 miles away
Hampton Inn Van Buren, Van Buren , 5 miles away
BEST WESTERN Van Buren Inn, Van Buren , 5 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites VAN BUREN-FT SMITH AREA, Van Buren , 5 miles away
Quality Inn Van Buren, Van Buren , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cedar Creek:
Overland RV Park, Van Buren, 5 miles away
Alma KOA Kampground, Alma, 6 miles away
KOA Campgrounds, Alma, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Cedar Creek:
Butterfield Hiking Trail, Crawford , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cedar Creek:
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas , 13 miles away
Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas , 14 miles away
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cedar Creek:
Cedars Country Club, Van Buren , 6 miles away
FT Smith Country Club, Fort Smith , 8 miles away
Eagle Crest Golf Course, Alma , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Cedar Creek
Lee Creek Reservoir, Crawford , 7 miles away
Hollis Lake, Crawford , 8 miles away
Wildcat Mountain Lake, Sebastian , 10 miles away

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