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Arkansas whitewater, Fiddlers Creek

Montgomery county, NFR 274 Access to Ouachita River Close to Sims section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     5.5 miles
  The scenic beauty of Montgomery County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The NFR 274 Access to Ouachita River Close to Sims section of Fiddlers Creek is 5.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater
    as a class II section. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. The river winds through the Ouachita Mountains
and you get great scenery. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. The NFR 274 Access to Ouachita River Close to Sims section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you  
want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. If you're coming from Russellville it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is good here at Fiddlers Creek, you can go for a hike along the Gap Mountain Trail. Don't leave Fiddlers Creek without stopping by Ouachita National Forest; during your journey here you'll meet some people from Sims for sure. Lots of fun awaits you along this river.

Fiddlers Creek, NFR 274 Access to Ouachita River Close to Sims 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 Fiddlers Creek.
 Whitewater Near Fiddlers Creek:
Fiddlers Creek, Montgomery County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 5.5 miles long (NFR 274 Access to Ouachita River Close to Sims)
Ouachita River, Montgomery County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 2.9 miles long (USFS Dragover)
Caddo River, Montgomery County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 29 miles long (Norman to Amity)
Ouachita River, Montgomery County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 29.4 miles long (Little Hope Road to USFS Dragover Campground)
Crooked Creek, Montgomery County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (NFR 43 to Little Missouri)
Blocker Creek, Pike County, 20 miles away
      Class III+ - 9 miles long (Along Highway 369 to Little Missouri below Highway 84)
Little Missouri River, Montgomery/ Pike County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 8.5 miles long (Albert Pike Campgound to Highway 84 Bridge)
Sugar Creek, Scott/ Logan County, 21 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (NFR 19 to Jack Creek Rec Area)
Jack Creek, Logan County, 21 miles away
      Class III+ - 3 miles long (Jack Creek Road to Jack Creek Rec Area)
Mill Creek, Scott County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Highway 270 to Fourche LaFAvenue River)
 Marinas Near Fiddlers Creek:
Little Fir Landing, Mount Ida , 16 miles away
Lake Ouachita Resort Marina, Mount Ida , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Fiddlers Creek:
Ozark Inn, Mena , 39 miles away
HarbourView Inn, Charleston , 42 miles away
French Quarter Inn, Charleston , 42 miles away
Super 8 Hot Springs, Hot Springs , 44 miles away
Clarion Resort On The Lake, Hot Springs , 44 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Fiddlers Creek:
Loy's Canoe Rentals and Campground, Mount Ida, 3 miles away
M and M Canoe Rentals, Pencil Bluff, 3 miles away
Ouachita River Haven Resort, Pencil Bluff, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Fiddlers Creek:
Gap Mountain Trail, Montgomery , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Fiddlers Creek:
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 48 miles away
Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas , 13 miles away
Daisy State Park, Arkansas , 25 miles away
Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas , 36 miles away

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