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Arkansas whitewater, Hurricane Creek

Franklin county, ShoReservoir Lake to Highway 215 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+     9 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Arkansas tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The natural beauty of Arkansas and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. 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. Since you're on this site you are
    probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This section of Hurricane Creek in Arkansas is 9 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II+ section.
This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the ShoReservoir Lake to Highway 215 section is one of them. The wild scenery of the Boston Mountains is great. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.  
There's camping available near Hurricane Creek.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is great here at Hurricane Creek, you can go for a hike along the Shores Lake Water Rock Spur. Lake Fort Smith State Park is a fine place to go if you're at Hurricane Creek, and during your tour here you'll meet some folks from Mountainburg for sure. Coming to this river is always a good idea. Deer Creek Hollow is a splendid place to look at. During the warmest time of the year, highs regularly are in the 90's at Hurricane Creek. When the night sets in temperatures fall down into the 60's.

Hurricane Creek, ShoReservoir Lake to Highway 215 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 Hurricane Creek.
 Whitewater Near Hurricane Creek:
Little Mill Creek, Franklin County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.75 miles long (Three Forks to Mill Creek takeout)
Little Mill Creek - East Fork, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Close to Fern to Little Mill Creek)
Little Mill Creek - Middle Fork, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.25 miles long (Close to Fern to Little Mill Creek)
Mormon Creek, Franklin County, 3 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Headwaters to Mill Creek)
Hurricane Creek, Franklin County, 4 miles away
      Class II+ - 9 miles long (ShoReservoir Lake to Highway 215)
Mill Creek, Franklin County, 4 miles away
      Class III+ - 5.2 miles long (Devil's Canyon to Highway 215)
Mulberry River, Crawford Franklin County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 16 miles long (Campbell's Cemetery to Highway 215)
Spirits Creek, Newton County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (County Road 76 to County Road 2434)
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Mountainburg to Lancaster Bridge)
Mulberry River, Franklin County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Highway 23 to Campbell's Cemetery)
 Hotels Near Hurricane Creek:
Americas Best Value Inn Ozark, Ozark , 12 miles away
Days Inn Alma, Alma , 17 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Alma , 17 miles away
Quality Inn Van Buren, Van Buren , 24 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Van Buren, Van Buren , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Hurricane Creek:
Shores Lake Campground, Franklin County, 4 miles away
White Oak, Cecil, 6 miles away
White Rock Mt, Mountainburg, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Hurricane Creek:
Shores Lake Water Rock Spur, Franklin , 5 miles away
Spy Rock Redding Loop, Franklin , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Hurricane Creek:
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas , 11 miles away
Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas , 20 miles away
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Hurricane Creek:
River Valley Golf, Alma , 12 miles away
Eagle Crest Golf Course, Alma , 13 miles away

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