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Arkansas whitewater, White River

Madison Washington county, Pettigrew to Elkins section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     37 miles
  The Pettigrew to Elkins section of White River is 37 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The wonderful Arkansas scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming
    back for more. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The
put-in location is a short drive from Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, as you can see on the road map further down. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The beautiful Boston Mountains scenery is an added bonus. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A stretch of this length  
does require some preparations, so better bring your camping gear along.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Combs love to come to White River; a tour to Withrow Springs State Park is a pleasant idea. If you love the outdoors you'll love it here in the Boston Mountains. Hiking is a popular thing to do around White River; Spy Rock Redding Loop is a good local trail. A great place to check out in close proximity to White River is Rowe Hollow. White River is a pretty wet place usually with lots of precipitation. Of all the months in a year May is the one with the most rain while January is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

White River, Pettigrew to Elkins road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near White River.
 Whitewater Near White River:
War Eagle Creek, Madison Washington Benton County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 38 miles long (Highway 23 to War Eagle Mill)
White River - Middle Fork, Madison County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 1.75 miles long (Arnett to Hicks)
Mulberry River, Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 3.6 miles long (Redding Campground to Highway 23)
White River, Madison Washington County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 37 miles long (Pettigrew to Elkins)
Mulberry River, Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Highway 23 to Campbell's Cemetery)
Spirits Creek, Newton County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (County Road 76 to County Road 2434)
Mulberry River, Crawford Franklin County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 16 miles long (Campbell's Cemetery to Highway 215)
Kings River, Madison County, 18 miles away
      Class III+ - 11 miles long (Dripping Springs to Highway 74)
Hurricane Creek, Franklin County, 18 miles away
      Class II+ - 9 miles long (ShoReservoir Lake to Highway 215)
Mulberry River, Franklin Johnson County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Wolf Pen Recreation Area to Redding Campground)
 Hotels Near White River:
Bryce Canyon Resort, Bryce , 18 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Ozark, Ozark , 23 miles away
The Chancellor Hotel, Fayetteville , 24 miles away
Sleep Inn Fayetteville, Fayetteville , 24 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Fayetteville, Fayetteville , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near White River:
Redding, Combs, 14 miles away
White Rock Mt, Mountainburg, 15 miles away
Silverleaf RV Park and Mini Golf, Huntsville, 16 miles away
 Trails Near White River:
Spy Rock Redding Loop, Franklin , 14 miles away
Shores Lake Water Rock Spur, Franklin , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near White River:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 53 miles away
George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond - MO , 64 miles away
Withrow Springs State Park, Arkansas , 15 miles away
Beaver Lake State Park, Arkansas , 21 miles away
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near White River:
Oakridge Golf Course, Huntsville , 14 miles away

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