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Arkansas whitewater, Frog Bayou

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

 

CLASS I-II     13.5 miles
 
I don't know where you are from, but you obviously don't know the best way to run Frog Bayou. It is not by raft. An open canoe is best. Kayaks are fine. But this is not the Rocky Mountain West and rafts are too big for these Ozark great creeks like Frog Bayou. Solo or tandem open canoes rule. Says J. P. Bell

This section of Frog Bayou in Arkansas is 13.5 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The
    starting location is a short drive from Fort Smith, as you can see on the road map further down. The nature scenery of Crawford County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great.
Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Arkansas tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. You can enjoy this section more  
if you take your time, so pack your camp stove. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. Whitewater paddling here in the Boston Mountains is a great experience. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
On a tremendous day at Frog Bayou you can take a hike along the Butterfield Hiking Trail, and if you're dropping by from Chester, you won't be the only one. All the outdoors cool things in the Boston Mountains will keep you coming back again and again.

Frog Bayou, Mountainburg to Lancaster Bridge 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 Frog Bayou.
 Whitewater Near Frog Bayou:
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Mountainburg to Lancaster Bridge)
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Lancaster Bridge to Rudy)
Clear Creek, Crawford County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Chester to Mountainburg)
Ben Doodle Branch, Crawford County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (Camping area to Highway 220)
Cedar Creek - East Fork, Crawford County, 8 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.8 miles long (Hobbitown to Cedar Creek)
Hart Creek, Crawford County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (to Highway 220)
Blackburn Creek, Crawford County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
Lee Creek, Crawford Washington County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.4 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
Cedar Creek, Crawford County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 7.7 miles long (Confluence to Rudy)
Lee Creek, Crawford County, 10 miles away
      Class II+ - 3 miles long (Highway 220 to NFS Access)
 Marinas Near Frog Bayou:
Wildcat Marina, Van Buren , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Frog Bayou:
Quality Inn & Suites, Alma , 7 miles away
Days Inn Alma, Alma , 7 miles away
Quality Inn Van Buren, Van Buren , 13 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Van Buren, Van Buren , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites VAN BUREN-FT SMITH AREA, Van Buren , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Frog Bayou:
Alma KOA Kampground, Alma, 5 miles away
KOA Campgrounds, Alma, 5 miles away
Alma RV Park, Alma, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Frog Bayou:
Butterfield Hiking Trail, Crawford , 9 miles away
Shores Lake Water Rock Spur, Franklin , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Frog Bayou:
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas , 4 miles away
Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas , 10 miles away
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Frog Bayou:
Eagle Crest Golf Course, Alma , 6 miles away
River Valley Golf, Alma , 7 miles away
Cedars Country Club, Van Buren , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Frog Bayou
Hollis Lake, Crawford , 14 miles away
Lee Creek Reservoir, Crawford , 15 miles away
Wildcat Mountain Lake, Sebastian , 17 miles away

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