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Arkansas whitewater, Big Shoal Creek

NFR 1601 to NFR 1614 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     7 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Russellville, as you can see on the road map further down. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. The natural beauty of Arkansas and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. This stretch has
    has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning trip. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. You can pitch a tent
or park your RV at a nearby campground. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The NFR 1601 to NFR 1614 section of Big Shoal Creek is 7 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Great  
exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Big Shoal Creek you discover the Magazine Hiking Trail which is a tremendous hiking trail; if you're dropping by from Delaware, you won't be the only one. Near Big Shoal Creek you come across Ben Cove which is a glorious place to take a look at. The amount of precipitation that falls at Big Shoal Creek is close to the national average. May is the wettest month with most rain; January is the month with the least moisture. For the duration of the summer months at Big Shoal Creek highs are generally in the 90's.

Big Shoal Creek, NFR 1601 to NFR 1614 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 Big Shoal Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Shoal Creek:
Big Shoal Creek, -blank- County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (NFR 1601 to NFR 1614)
Gutter Rock Creek, Logan County, 10 miles away
      Class III+ - 3 miles long (FR 1631C to Robert Hill Road)
Illinois Bayou - East Fork, Pope County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (FS Road 1301 to Bayou Bluff)
Horsehead Creek - West Fork, Johnson County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5 miles long (FR 1445A to Horsehead Creek)
Jack Creek, Logan County, 24 miles away
      Class III+ - 3 miles long (Jack Creek Road to Jack Creek Rec Area)
Mulberry River, Franklin Johnson County, 26 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Wolf Pen Recreation Area to Redding Campground)
Little Piney Creek, Johnson County, 27 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Mt Levi to Hagarville)
Sugar Creek, Scott/ Logan County, 28 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (NFR 19 to Jack Creek Rec Area)
Haw Creek, Johnson County, 29 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4 miles long (Along Highway 23)
Graves Creek, Pope County, 30 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.9 miles long (Headwaters to Big Piney Creek)
 Marinas Near Big Shoal Creek:
Spadra Waterfront Marina, Clarksville , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Shoal Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CLARKSVILLE, Clarksville , 13 miles away
Super 8 Clarksville AR, Clarksville , 13 miles away
Best Western Sherwood Inn, Clarksville , 13 miles away
Hampton Inn Clarksville, Clarksville , 13 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Clarksville, Clarksville , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Shoal Creek:
The Old Walnut Tree Horse Camp, Scranton, 2 miles away
Huckleberry Horse Camp, Delaware, 3 miles away
Sorghum Hollow Horse Camp, Delaware, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Big Shoal Creek:
Magazine Hiking Trail, Logan , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Shoal Creek:
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 54 miles away
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 63 miles away
Mt. Nebo State Park, Arkansas , 19 miles away
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas , 22 miles away
Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Shoal Creek:
Clarksville Country Club, Clarksville , 12 miles away
Chamberlyne Country Club, Danville , 14 miles away
Jean Petit Country Club, Danville , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Shoal Creek
Spring Lake, Yell , 8 miles away
Lake Ludwig, Johnson , 17 miles away

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