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Arkansas whitewater, Mormon Creek

Franklin county, Headwaters to Mill Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV(V)     1.5 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Fort Smith, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The wonderful Arkansas scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This is a short paddling stretch
    so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget
that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. The Boston Mountains scenery is wonderful. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The Headwaters to Mill Creek stretch of Mormon Creek in Arkansas is 1.5 miles long and has been rated as a class IV(V) section by American Whitewater. The campgrounds  
here at Mormon Creek are pretty good. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
Lake Fort Smith State Park is worth going to if you're at Mormon Creek, and if you're here you will meet lots of folks from close by Mountainburg. There's no way anybody can get bored here in the Boston Mountains. Fern Spring is a good local attraction, and if you're here you can take a hike along the Shores Lake Water Rock Spur. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. Summertime at Mormon Creek comes with high temperatures in the 90's.

Mormon Creek, Headwaters to Mill Creek 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 Mormon Creek.
 Whitewater Near Mormon Creek:
Mormon Creek, Franklin County, 1 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Headwaters to Mill 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 - 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)
Mulberry River, Crawford Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 16 miles long (Campbell's Cemetery to Highway 215)
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Mountainburg to Lancaster Bridge)
Spirits Creek, Newton County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (County Road 76 to County Road 2434)
Clear Creek, Crawford County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Chester to Mountainburg)
 Hotels Near Mormon 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 Mormon Creek:
Shores Lake Campground, Franklin County, 6 miles away
Vine Prairie, Mulberry, 6 miles away
White Rock Mt, Mountainburg, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Mormon Creek:
Shores Lake Water Rock Spur, Franklin , 6 miles away
Butterfield Hiking Trail, Crawford , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Mormon Creek:
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas , 9 miles away
Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas , 18 miles away
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mormon Creek:
River Valley Golf, Alma , 10 miles away
Eagle Crest Golf Course, Alma , 10 miles away

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