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Oklahoma whitewater, Big Creek

Leflore county, Arkansas state line to Page Oklahoma section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     6 miles
 
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The starting location is a reasonable drive from Fort Smith, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The natural beauty of Leflore County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Arkansas
    state line to Page Oklahoma stretch is one of them. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around
here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Oklahoma are often easier than in other states, so better not forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip. The Arkansas state line to Page Oklahoma section of Big  
Creek in Leflore County is 6 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The river winds through the Ouachita Mountains and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Hodgen here; Queen Wilhelmina State Park is a great spot to stretch your legs a bit. Yeah, come up here to the Ouachita Mountains for a great time. You ought to positively stop by pretty Cedar Lake South Shore if you're here at Big Creek; on a wonderful day you can take a hike along the Billy Creek Trail.

Big Creek, Arkansas state line to Page Oklahoma 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 Big Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Creek:
Big Creek, Leflore County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Arkansas state line to Page Oklahoma)
Kiamichi River, Le Flore County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Above Highway 63 to Highway 259 at Big Cedar)
Mountain Fork, Polk/ McCurtain County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II+(IV) - 28 miles long (Highway 259 Close to Hatfield Ar to Narrows above Broken Bow Lake)
Big Eagle Creek - Eagle Fork, Le Flore/ McCurtain County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.5 miles long (Highway 259 south of Cucumber Crk to Highway 259 Close to Smithville)
Ouachita River, Polk and Montgomery County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 35.4 miles long (Acorn to Little Hope Road)
Buffalo Creek, McCurtain County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Weyerhauser Road 28000 to Broken Bow Lake)
Brushy Creek, Polk County, 24 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (Polk County 408 to Cossatot at Highway 246)
Camp/Flat Creek, Polk/ Howard County, 25 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4.5 miles long (Polk County Road 33 to Cossatot River)
Bok tu kolo Creek, McCurtain County, 25 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Weyerhauser Road to Highway 259)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 26 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.1 miles long (Highway 246 to Ed Banks Road)
 Beaches Near Big Creek:
Cedar Lake North Shore, Le Flore , 13 miles away
Cedar Lake South Shore, Le Flore , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Creek:
Ozark Inn, Mena , 19 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Poteau, Poteau , 22 miles away
BEST WESTERN Traders Inn, Poteau , 24 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites POTEAU, Poteau , 24 miles away
GuestHouse Inn Fort Smith, Fort Smith , 34 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Creek:
Horse Heaven Ranch, Talihina, 4 miles away
Kiamichi River 1, Hodgen, 5 miles away
Pashubbe Trailhead, Hodgen, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Big Creek:
Billy Creek Trail, Le Flore , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Creek:
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Arkansas , 9 miles away
Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Creek:
Mena Golf Club, Mena , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Creek
Cedar Lake, Le Flore , 14 miles away

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