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Arkansas whitewater, Crooked Creek

Montgomery county, NFR 43 to Little Missouri section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     3 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. This stretch of Crooked Creek in Arkansas is 3 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. This is a somewhat short section so better bring some good walking shoes. The NFR 43 to Little Missouri stretch is one
    of a few paddling stretches in this river system. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you
want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The beautiful scenery of Arkansas and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. Whitewater paddling here in the Ouachita Mountains is a great experience. The starting point is not too far from Hope, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,  
there are lots of good places for that around here. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
A glorious spot near Crooked Creek is Mosquito Gap, and lots of folks from Langley come here. Having a great time in the Ouachita Mountains is trouble-free. Good hiking is available along the Gap Mountain Trail, and sites like Daisy State Park are perfect to stop at. This is such a great river. The high level of rain makes Crooked Creek a rather wet site. Of all the months in a year May is the one with the most rain, and January is the month with the least moisture.

Crooked Creek, NFR 43 to Little Missouri 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 Crooked Creek.
 Whitewater Near Crooked Creek:
Crooked Creek, Montgomery County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (NFR 43 to Little Missouri)
Little Missouri River, Montgomery/ Pike County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 8.5 miles long (Albert Pike Campgound to Highway 84 Bridge)
Blaylock Creek, Montgomery County, 6 miles away
      Class III+ - 6 miles long (Nfr 106 to Little Missouri River)
Blocker Creek, Pike County, 6 miles away
      Class III+ - 9 miles long (Along Highway 369 to Little Missouri below Highway 84)
Little Missouri River, Polk/ Montgomery/ Pike County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 11.5 miles long (Highway 84 Bridge to US Highway 70 Bridge)
Ouachita River, Montgomery County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 29.4 miles long (Little Hope Road to USFS Dragover Campground)
Saline River, Howard County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Shady Lake to Highway 84)
Harris Creek, Howard County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Moore Creek, Howard County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6.5 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Caddo River, Montgomery County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 29 miles long (Norman to Amity)
 Marinas Near Crooked Creek:
Highway 70 Landing & Marina, Newhope , 12 miles away
Kirby Landing Marina, Kirby , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Crooked Creek:
Ozark Inn, Mena , 26 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites - Hope AR, Hope , 46 miles away
Holiday Inn Express HOPE, Hope , 46 miles away
Best Western Hope, Hope , 47 miles away
Super 8 Hope, Hope , 47 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Crooked Creek:
Albert Pike, Langley, 3 miles away
Camp Albert Pike Store and Cabin, Caddo Gap, 3 miles away
Bard Springs, Umpire, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Crooked Creek:
Gap Mountain Trail, Montgomery , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Crooked Creek:
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 60 miles away
Daisy State Park, Arkansas , 15 miles away
Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas , 22 miles away
Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas , 27 miles away
 Lakes Near Crooked Creek
Shady Lake, Polk , 10 miles away

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