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Arkansas whitewater, Harris Creek

Howard county, Highway 246 to Highway 278/4 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III+     6 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Hope, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Highway 246 to Highway 278/4 stretch is one of
    them. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. The river winds through the Ouachita Mountains and you get great scenery. This
stretch of Harris Creek in Arkansas is 6 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III+ section by American Whitewater. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. The natural beauty of Howard  
County and the water flowing gracefully down Harris Creek will make you feel great. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of people from Umpire come to Harris Creek, and Cossatot River State Park is a nice location to stretch your legs a bit. If you love the outdoors you'll love it here in the Ouachita Mountains. Harris Creek commonly gets a large amount of rainfall. The month with most of the rain is May while January is the month with the least amount of precipitation. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 80's to Harris Creek while nighttime lows are typically in the 60's.

Harris Creek, Highway 246 to Highway 278/4 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 Harris Creek.
 Whitewater Near Harris Creek:
Moore Creek, Howard County, 0 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6.5 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Harris Creek, Howard County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Saline River, Howard County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Shady Lake to Highway 84)
Baker Creek, Howard County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser road)
Blaylock Creek, Montgomery County, 8 miles away
      Class III+ - 6 miles long (Nfr 106 to Little Missouri River)
Cossatot River, Polk County, 9 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.4 miles long (County Road 31 to Highway 246)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.1 miles long (Highway 246 to Ed Banks Road)
Saline River, Sevier / Howard County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.6 miles long (Dierks Lake to Highway 70)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.25 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Highway 278/4)
Little Missouri River, Polk/ Montgomery/ Pike County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 11.5 miles long (Highway 84 Bridge to US Highway 70 Bridge)
 Marinas Near Harris Creek:
Highway 70 Landing & Marina, Newhope , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Harris Creek:
Ozark Inn, Mena , 18 miles away
Western Plaza Inn, De Queen , 24 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites - Hope, AR, Hope , 49 miles away
Holiday Inn Express HOPE, Hope , 49 miles away
Ramada Texarkana, Texarkana , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Harris Creek:
Shady Lake, Umpire, 4 miles away
Bard Springs, Umpire, 6 miles away
Cossatot River State Park - US-278 Bridge, Umpire, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Harris Creek:
Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas , 10 miles away
Daisy State Park, Arkansas , 24 miles away
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Arkansas , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Harris Creek:
Ouachita Country Club, Mena , 16 miles away
Mena Golf Club, Mena , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Harris Creek
Shady Lake, Polk , 4 miles away
Irons Fork Reservoir, Polk , 18 miles away

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