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Oklahoma whitewater, Pennington Creek

Johnston county, Highway 7 to Tishomingo section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III(V)     9 miles
 
You certainly want to come when the water is up and flowing. A lot of walking and carrying your boat otherwise. The bottom is very rocky and uneven, and the creek gets wide in several spots. With the water at the current Level (06-21-2008) you will not be able to paddle through most of the creek. Devil Den, Slippery Falls, or pennington falls, all are to shallow to paddle. These are the areas that have the larger rapids when the creek is
    up and flowing. So they are also the places that the bottom sticks up the highest and hinders your paddle when the water is down.A great place to put in is Camp Bond it is five miles North of Tishomingo. They do have cabins
and rv hook ups there. A path right up to the creek with a zip line going across and snack shack right by the water. You can take out just above the golf course at the low bridge, there are several houses there just north of the golf course the bridge is on the North side. Just before the damn. This run is about 4.5 miles maybe 5 on the outside. Says Ofour

Paddled this Creek 7-15-07 @ 250cfs. My paddle summary is on americanwhitewater.org
 
    From more info check out my paddle page at http://geounderground.8k.com it contains pictures of pennington creek and other streams in the area. SO CHECK IT OUT! Oh yeah, Beware of Pennington Falls, I gnared myself up on
  it pretty good. Says Kevin

For many miles below the low water bridge there are no public take outs and any contact you or your watercraft make with land either on the bank or below the water represents trespassing under Oklahoma law. I know this because I was threatened with prosecution by a private property owner last time I attempted this stretch. Not recommended! Says Roger

Instead of dropping in at highway 7 and riding
down to Tish, drop in below the low water bridge between the fish hatchery and slippery falls, in high water the low water bridge can create a hydraulic that can suck you under and possibly kill you. But the Creek Drops 100 feet from the low water bridge to below Devils Den with is like a 1.5 mile run the rest of the way to Tish isnt near as steep, watch out for fallen trees in the creek! The river is a class V when the flow gets over 200 cfs. Ive tried to find take outs on the creek, but all the roads on my topo maps lead me to gates and dead ends. Says Kevin

Pennington Creek, Highway 7 to Tishomingo 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 Pennington Creek.
 Whitewater Near Pennington Creek:
Pennington Creek, Johnston County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 9 miles long (Highway 7 to Tishomingo)
Blue River, Johnston County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Highway 7 to Cheadle Falls Close to Wapanucka)
Washita River, Murray/ Carter County, 26 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Dougherty to Gene Autry)
 Marinas Near Pennington Creek:
Little Glasses Resort, Madill , 14 miles away
Buncombe Creek Resort Marina, Kingston , 17 miles away
Catfish Bay Marina, Kingston , 17 miles away
Newberry Creek Resort and Marina, Mead , 19 miles away
Alberta Creek Resort, Kingston , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Pennington Creek:
American Inn Madill, Madill , 12 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Sand Bass Inn & Suites, Madill , 13 miles away
Super 8 Sulphur, Sulphur , 24 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Durant, Durant , 26 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Durant, Durant , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pennington Creek:
Pennington Creek Park, Tishomingo, 4 miles away
Little Glasses Resort, Madill, 14 miles away
Cumberland Cove Resort, Madill, 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pennington Creek:
Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur - OK , 23 miles away
Eisenhower State Park, Texas , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pennington Creek:
Tishomingo Golf Course, Tishomingo , 2 miles away
Lake Texoma Golf Course, Kingston , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Pennington Creek
Webb Lake, Johnston , 3 miles away

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