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Arkansas whitewater, Mill Creek

Franklin county, Devil's Canyon to Highway 215 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+     5.2 miles
  This section of Mill Creek in Arkansas is 5.2 miles long and it is classified as a class III+ section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Franklin County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. No matter
    if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The put-in is not too far from Fort Smith, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Great exercise and
just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Devil's Canyon to Highway 215 section is one of them. The beauty of the Boston Mountains is a great plus for this river. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these  
hotels fill up quick. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Mill Creek you'll perhaps meet some people from Mountainburg; needless to say, everybody loves Lake Fort Smith State Park. This site, the Boston Mountains, has so much outdoors enjoyable things. Have a glorious hiking adventure along the Shores Lake Water Rock Spur, and do put some time aside to spend at Fern Spring since you're here at Mill Creek. This river has so much to offer. Devils Canyon is a glorious site to spend some time at. At Mill Creek during the warmest time of the year highs are in the 90's.

Mill Creek, Devil's Canyon to Highway 215 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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Stats for this river stretch


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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Mill Creek.
 Whitewater Near Mill Creek:
Mormon Creek, Franklin County, 1 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Headwaters to Mill Creek)
Little Mill Creek, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.75 miles long (Three Forks to Mill Creek takeout)
Little Mill Creek - Middle Fork, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.25 miles long (Close to Fern to Little Mill Creek)
Mill Creek, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class III+ - 5.2 miles long (Devil's Canyon to Highway 215)
Little Mill Creek - East Fork, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Close to Fern to Little Mill Creek)
Hurricane Creek, Franklin County, 6 miles away
      Class II+ - 9 miles long (ShoReservoir Lake to Highway 215)
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Mountainburg to Lancaster Bridge)
Mulberry River, Crawford Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 16 miles long (Campbell's Cemetery to Highway 215)
Spirits Creek, Newton County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (County Road 76 to County Road 2434)
Clear Creek, Crawford County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Chester to Mountainburg)
 Hotels Near Mill Creek:
Days Inn Alma, Alma , 14 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Alma , 14 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Ozark, Ozark , 15 miles away
HarbourView Inn, Charleston , 17 miles away
French Quarter Inn, Charleston , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mill Creek:
Shores Lake Campground, Franklin County, 6 miles away
Vine Prairie, Mulberry, 7 miles away
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Mill Creek:
Shores Lake Water Rock Spur, Franklin , 6 miles away
Butterfield Hiking Trail, Crawford , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Mill Creek:
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas , 8 miles away
Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas , 17 miles away
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mill Creek:
River Valley Golf, Alma , 10 miles away
Eagle Crest Golf Course, Alma , 11 miles away

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