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Arkansas whitewater, Illinois Bayou

Pope county, Bayou Bluff to Hector section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     8 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Russellville, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. 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 nearby hotels are a bit away from the
    river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The scenic beauty of Pope County and the cool fresh water
are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This stretch of Illinois Bayou in Arkansas is 8 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. The beautiful Boston Mountains scenery is an added bonus. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. There's  
camping available near Illinois Bayou.

Briefly about the general area:
Since you're here at Illinois Bayou why not explore Mathis Hollow; you'll perhaps meet some people from Hector here. You just should have a thing about the Boston Mountains. Good hiking is available along the Cowan Hollow Trail, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Illinois Bayou; Mail Trail is a delightful local trail. This is a really good river. Illinois Bayou gets a large amount of water. May is the month that gets the most rain, and the driest month is January. Throughout the summer highs here at Illinois Bayou get into the 90's with nighttime lows in the 60's.

Illinois Bayou, Bayou Bluff to Hector 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 Illinois Bayou.
 Whitewater Near Illinois Bayou:
Illinois Bayou, Pope County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Hector to Scottsville)
Illinois Bayou, Pope County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Bayou Bluff to Hector)
Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork, Pope County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Smyrna to Bayou Bluff)
Illinois Bayou - North Fork, Pope County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (CR1000 to FS181)
Falling Water Creek, Pope/Searcy County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Falling Water Falls to Richland Campground)
Left Hand Prong, Pope County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8.5 miles long (Headwaters to Victor Road)
Big Piney Creek, Pope County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 4.4 miles long (Long Pool Campground to Highway 164)
Galla Creek, Pope County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.15 miles long (Crow MtNorth Road to Galla Creek Lake)
Richland Creek, Newton/Searcy County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 6.2 miles long (Moore to Richland Creek Campground)
Big Piney Creek, Pope County, 15 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8.4 miles long (Helton's Farm to Long Pool Campground)
 Marinas Near Illinois Bayou:
Lucky Landing, Atkins , 17 miles away
White River Marina, Spur , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Illinois Bayou:
Quality Inn Russellville, Russellville , 16 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Russellville , 16 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Russellville, Russellville , 17 miles away
BEST WESTERN Inn, Russellville , 17 miles away
Super 8 Russellville, Russellville , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Illinois Bayou:
Bayou Bluff, Hector, 1 miles away
Moccasin Gap Horse Camp, Pelsor, 8 miles away
East Fork Wilderness, Tilly, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Illinois Bayou:
Cowan Hollow Trail, Pope , 7 miles away
Mail Trail, Pope , 10 miles away
Boyd Trail, Pope , 11 miles away
Sulphur Trail, Pope , 11 miles away
Still Hollow Trail, Pope , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Illinois Bayou:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 42 miles away
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 57 miles away
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas , 21 miles away
Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas , 22 miles away
Mt. Nebo State Park, Arkansas , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Illinois Bayou:
Galla Creek Golf Course, Pottsville , 17 miles away
Russellville Country Club, Russellville , 18 miles away
Golf Express, Russellville , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Illinois Bayou
Lake Russellville, Pope , 16 miles away
Galla Creek Wildlife Lake, Pope , 19 miles away

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