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Arkansas whitewater, Saline River

Sevier Howard county, Dierks Lake to Highway 70 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     5.6 miles
  The natural beauty of Arkansas and the water flowing gracefully down Saline River have people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The Dierks Lake to Highway 70 stretch of Saline River in Sevier / Howard County is 5.6 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.
    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 put-in location is a short drive from Texarkana,
if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. The beauty of the Ouachita Mountains is a great plus for this river. There's camping available near Saline River. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions  
for lots of people. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
At Saline River you always meet someone from Umpire. Through the summer months at Saline River temperatures are commonly in the 90's, and through summer nights temperatures are in the 60's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 50's with temperatures at Saline River dipping down into the 20's throughout winter nights. Saline River gets lots of water. Throughout May this area sees the most rain, and the driest month is January.

Saline River, Dierks Lake to Highway 70 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 Saline River.
 Whitewater Near Saline River:
Saline River, Sevier / Howard County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.6 miles long (Dierks Lake to Highway 70)
Cossatot River, Howard/ Sevier County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Gilliam Lake to County Road 70)
Moore Creek, Howard County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6.5 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Baker Creek, Howard County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser road)
Harris Creek, Howard County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Saline River, Howard County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Shady Lake to Highway 84)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.25 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Highway 278/4)
Little Missouri River, Polk/ Montgomery/ Pike County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 11.5 miles long (Highway 84 Bridge to US Highway 70 Bridge)
Cossatot River, Polk County, 17 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.4 miles long (County Road 31 to Highway 246)
Blaylock Creek, Montgomery County, 17 miles away
      Class III+ - 6 miles long (Nfr 106 to Little Missouri River)
 Hotels Near Saline River:
Western Plaza Inn, De Queen , 17 miles away
Ozark Inn, Mena , 28 miles away
Ramada Texarkana, Texarkana , 37 miles away
Howard Johnson Texarkana, Texarkana , 37 miles away
Red Roof Suites Texarkana, Texarkana , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saline River:
Horseshoe Bend Dierks Lake - Dierks Lake, -blank-, 1 miles away
Jefferson Ridge - Dierks Lake, -blank-, 3 miles away
Blue Ridge, Umpire, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saline River:
Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas , 17 miles away
Daisy State Park, Arkansas , 24 miles away
Millwood State Park, Arkansas , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saline River:
Nashville Country Club, Nashville , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Saline River
Shady Lake, Polk , 14 miles away
Grassy Lake, Little River , 19 miles away

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