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Arkansas whitewater, Clear Creek

Crawford county, Chester to Mountainburg section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     6 miles
 
This stretch of water is challenging. A lot of rapdids coming one after the other insures no boredom. We put in at Chester and rode it into Frog Bayou with the level at 2.9 We can hardly wait to see what it's like 3.5! Says Beth grimwood

The nature scenery of Arkansas and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. The starting point is not too far from Fort Smith, if you're not familiar with
    the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater paddling here in the Boston Mountains is a great experience. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Arkansas are often easier than in other states,
so better not forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. 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 stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. 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. The Chester to Mountainburg section of Clear Creek is 6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a
  class II-III section. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from Chester here at Clear Creek. Go for a hike on the Shores Lake Water Rock Spur; Lake Fort Smith State Park is worth a visit. This is a great river.

Clear Creek, Chester to Mountainburg 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 Clear Creek.
 Whitewater Near Clear Creek:
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Mountainburg to Lancaster Bridge)
Clear Creek, Crawford County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Chester to Mountainburg)
Ben Doodle Branch, Crawford County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (Camping area to Highway 220)
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Lancaster Bridge to Rudy)
Hart Creek, Crawford County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (to Highway 220)
Blackburn Creek, Crawford County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
Lee Creek, Crawford Washington County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.4 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
Mill Creek, Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Class III+ - 5.2 miles long (Devil's Canyon to Highway 215)
Cedar Creek - East Fork, Crawford County, 10 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.8 miles long (Hobbitown to Cedar Creek)
Mormon Creek, Franklin County, 10 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Headwaters to Mill Creek)
 Marinas Near Clear Creek:
Wildcat Marina, Van Buren , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Clear Creek:
Quality Inn & Suites, Alma , 10 miles away
Days Inn Alma, Alma , 10 miles away
Quality Inn Van Buren, Van Buren , 15 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Van Buren, Van Buren , 16 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites VAN BUREN-FT SMITH AREA, Van Buren , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clear Creek:
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg, 5 miles away
Alma KOA Kampground, Alma, 8 miles away
KOA Campgrounds, Alma, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Clear Creek:
Butterfield Hiking Trail, Crawford , 8 miles away
Shores Lake Water Rock Spur, Franklin , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clear Creek:
George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond - MO , 68 miles away
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas , 2 miles away
Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas , 8 miles away
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Clear Creek:
Eagle Crest Golf Course, Alma , 8 miles away
River Valley Golf, Alma , 9 miles away
Cedars Country Club, Van Buren , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Clear Creek
Hollis Lake, Crawford , 17 miles away
Lee Creek Reservoir, Crawford , 17 miles away
Wildcat Mountain Lake, Sebastian , 20 miles away

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