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Arkansas whitewater, Saline River - Alum Fork

Saline county, Highway 5 to Benton City Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     20.5 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Arkansas and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Highway 5 to Benton City Park stretch of Saline River - Alum Fork is 20.5 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so better not forget that rivers in this state are
    less demanding. The Highway 5 to Benton City Park stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.
Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. The wild scenery of the Ouachita Mountains is great. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. 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. The  
put-in location is a reasonable drive from Hot Springs, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
Saline River - Alum Fork is a site with many visitors from Benton. Summer brings highs in the 90's to Saline River - Alum Fork. Summer night lows plunge down to the 60's. All through the wintertime highs are mostly in the 50's, and throughout the dark hours in the winter at Saline River - Alum Fork temperatures fall to the 20's. Saline River - Alum Fork is a relatively wet place generally with a good deal of rainfall. May is when you get the most rain here, and January is when it's the driest.

Saline River - Alum Fork, Highway 5 to Benton City Park 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 - Alum Fork.
 Whitewater Near Saline River - Alum Fork:
Saline River - North Fork, Saline County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.7 miles long (Steel Bridge Road to Lyle Park)
Saline River - Alum Fork, Saline County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 20.5 miles long (Highway 5 to Benton City Park)
Lake Norrell Spillway, Saline County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.2 miles long (Lake Norrell Spillway)
Ouachita River, Hot Spring County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 0.1 miles long (Rockport Ledge)
Ouachita River, Hot Spring County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Remmel Dam to I-30 at Malvern)
Rock Creek, Pulaski County, 18 miles away
      Class II+ - 7.2 miles long (Chenal Parkway to Boyle Park)
Blakely Creek - North Fork, Hot Spring County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 2.9 miles long (North Fork Road to Highway 84)
Gulpha Creek, Garland County, 24 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.2 miles long (Ridgeway Road to Highway 270)
Saline River - Middle Fork, Garland County, 29 miles away
      Class II(III) - 0.9 miles long (Iron Springs to Buffalo Gap Road)
 Marinas Near Saline River - Alum Fork:
R & J Marina, Hot Springs Village , 15 miles away
Balboa Dam Stoarge, Hot Springs Village , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Saline River - Alum Fork:
Econo Lodge Benton, Benton , 6 miles away
Americas Best Inn Benton, Benton , 6 miles away
BEST WESTERN Benton Inn, Benton , 7 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Little Rock Benton, Benton , 7 miles away
Days Inn Benton, Benton , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saline River - Alum Fork:
J B's RV Park and Campground, Benton, 8 miles away
Benton RV Park, Benton, 9 miles away
I-30 Travel Park, Benton, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saline River - Alum Fork:
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 25 miles away
Lake Catherine State Park, Arkansas , 19 miles away
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Arkansas , 20 miles away
Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saline River - Alum Fork:
Silver Springs Country Club, Benton , 5 miles away
Longhills Golf Course, Benton , 9 miles away
Hurricane Golf & Country Club, Bryant , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Saline River - Alum Fork
Lake Norrell, Saline , 7 miles away
Nall Lake, Grant , 13 miles away
Lake Winona, Saline , 16 miles away

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