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Arkansas whitewater, Moore Creek

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

 

CLASS II-III+     6.5 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Texarkana, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Moore Creek is 6.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III+ section. The nature scenery of Howard County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Arkansas is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind
    that many runs in this state are very easy. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations
you might end up sleeping in your car. The Highway 246 to Highway 278/4 section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for  
a one day paddling trip. The river winds through the Ouachita Mountains and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
Moore Creek is not far at all from Umpire, and Cossatot River State Park is a good place to go. So many enjoyable things to do in the Ouachita Mountains, not enough time. For the duration of the days of summer here at Moore Creek, high temperatures frequently get into the 80's. Once the sun is down it sinks down to the 60's. The winter brings highs down to the 40's, and after the sun is down during the winter temperatures at Moore Creek dip into the 20's.

Moore 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 Moore Creek.
 Whitewater Near Moore Creek:
Moore Creek, Howard County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6.5 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Harris Creek, Howard County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Saline River, Howard County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Shady Lake to Highway 84)
Baker Creek, Howard County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser road)
Cossatot River, Polk County, 9 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.4 miles long (County Road 31 to Highway 246)
Blaylock Creek, Montgomery County, 9 miles away
      Class III+ - 6 miles long (Nfr 106 to Little Missouri River)
Saline River, Sevier / Howard County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.6 miles long (Dierks Lake to Highway 70)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.1 miles long (Highway 246 to Ed Banks Road)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.25 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Highway 278/4)
Cossatot River, Howard/ Sevier County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Gilliam Lake to County Road 70)
 Marinas Near Moore Creek:
Highway 70 Landing & Marina, Newhope , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Moore Creek:
Ozark Inn, Mena , 18 miles away
Western Plaza Inn, De Queen , 23 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Broken Bow, Broken Bow , 48 miles away
Ramada Texarkana, Texarkana , 48 miles away
Howard Johnson Texarkana, Texarkana , 48 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Moore Creek:
Shady Lake, Umpire, 5 miles away
Cossatot River State Park - US-278 Bridge, Umpire, 6 miles away
Bard Springs, Umpire, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Moore Creek:
Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas , 9 miles away
Daisy State Park, Arkansas , 24 miles away
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Arkansas , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Moore Creek:
Ouachita Country Club, Mena , 16 miles away
Mena Golf Club, Mena , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Moore Creek
Shady Lake, Polk , 5 miles away
Irons Fork Reservoir, Polk , 18 miles away

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