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Arkansas whitewater, Trace Creek

Perry county, NFR 780 to Highway 7 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+     3.5 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Perry County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting point is not too far from Hot Springs, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. There are
    campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The Ouachita Mountains scenery is wonderful. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting your paddling muscles activated and
a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is a bit of a short stretch so no need to bring snacks. The NFR 780 to Highway 7 section of Trace Creek in Arkansas is 3.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II+ section of whitewater.  
Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Lake Ouachita State Park is worth checking out if you're at Trace Creek. Trace Creek ordinarily gets a great deal of rain. May is the wettest month with most rain while January is usually the driest month. For the period of the warmest time of the year highs here at Trace Creek reach the 90's. Throughout the moonlight hours it's commonly in the 60's. Throughout the wintertime the highs are generally in the 40's, and winter nights come with lows in the 20's to Trace Creek.

Trace Creek, NFR 780 to Highway 7 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 Trace Creek.
 Whitewater Near Trace Creek:
Trace Creek, Perry County, 1 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.5 miles long (NFR 780 to Highway 7)
South Fourche LaFave, Perry County, 2 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 11.3 miles long (Highway 7 to Deberrie low-water bridge)
Bear Creek South Fourche Tributary, Perry County, 3 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 4.5 miles long (NFR 45 to NFR 86)
Saline River - Middle Fork, Garland County, 4 miles away
      Class II(III) - 0.9 miles long (Iron Springs to Buffalo Gap Road)
Gulpha Creek, Garland County, 20 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.2 miles long (Ridgeway Road to Highway 270)
Cedar Creek, Conway County, 21 miles away
      Class II-IV(V+) - 3.5 miles long (Petit Jean St. Park)
Galla Creek, Pope County, 26 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.15 miles long (Crow MtNorth Road to Galla Creek Lake)
Ouachita River, Hot Spring County, 27 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Remmel Dam to I-30 at Malvern)
Saline River - Alum Fork, Saline County, 27 miles away
      Class I-II - 20.5 miles long (Highway 5 to Benton City Park)
Blakely Creek - North Fork, Hot Spring County, 29 miles away
      Class II - 2.9 miles long (North Fork Road to Highway 84)
 Marinas Near Trace Creek:
North Shores Resort & Marina, Jessieville , 8 miles away
Brady Mountain Water Toys, Royal , 18 miles away
Balboa Dam Stoarge, Hot Springs Village , 18 miles away
R & J Marina, Hot Springs Village , 19 miles away
Sunset Cove Marina, Hot Springs National Park , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Trace Creek:
Los Lagos At Hot Springs, Hot Springs , 10 miles away
Springs Hotel And Spa, Hot Springs , 18 miles away
Red Roof Inn Hot Springs, Hot Springs , 18 miles away
Rodeway Inn Hot Springs, Hot Springs , 18 miles away
Embassy Suites Hot Springs - Hotel - Spa, Hot Springs , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Trace Creek:
South Fourche Campground, Perry County, 2 miles away
Iron Springs, Hot Springs Village, 4 miles away
Bear Creek Equestrian Camp, Jessieville, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Trace Creek:
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 19 miles away
Lake Ouachita State Park, Arkansas , 13 miles away
Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas , 20 miles away
Mt. Nebo State Park, Arkansas , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Trace Creek:
Desoto Golf Course, Hot Springs Village , 10 miles away
Hot Springs Golf And Country Club, Hot Springs Village , 11 miles away
Cortez Golf Course, Hot Springs Village , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Trace Creek
Nimrod Lake, Perry , 8 miles away
Lake Ouachita, Garland , 16 miles away
Bethel Lake, Garland , 17 miles away

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