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Arkansas whitewater, Frog Bayou

Crawford county, Lancaster Bridge to Rudy section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     8 miles
  This section of Frog Bayou in Crawford County is 8 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Arkansas is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The wonderful Arkansas scenery and
    the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Fort Smith, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch has has enough mileage,
suitable for an afternoon trip. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Lancaster Bridge to Rudy section is one of them. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. When you're paddling down a Boston Mountains river like this one  
you always get great scenery along the way too.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a nice hiking trail close to Frog Bayou called the Butterfield Hiking Trail, and you'll meet a lot of people from Alma here. Yeah, come up here to the Boston Mountains for a splendid time. A spree to Devil's Den State Park when you're here at Frog Bayou is never a bad idea, and Bonita Hollow is another good spot to check out close by. This river has so much to offer. Going to Lake Fort Smith State Park near Frog Bayou is a great thing to do. For the duration of the summer, highs typically are in the 90's at Frog Bayou, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 60's.

Frog Bayou, Lancaster Bridge to Rudy 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 Frog Bayou.
 Whitewater Near Frog Bayou:
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Lancaster Bridge to Rudy)
Cedar Creek - East Fork, Crawford County, 3 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.8 miles long (Hobbitown to Cedar Creek)
Cedar Creek, Crawford County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 7.7 miles long (Confluence to Rudy)
Cedar Creek - West Fork, Crawford County, 6 miles away
      Class II+ - 1.9 miles long (Highway 162 to Cedar Creek)
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Mountainburg to Lancaster Bridge)
Clear Creek, Crawford County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Chester to Mountainburg)
Hart Creek, Crawford County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (to Highway 220)
Lee Creek, Crawford County, 10 miles away
      Class II+ - 3 miles long (Highway 220 to NFS Access)
Ben Doodle Branch, Crawford County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (Camping area to Highway 220)
Lee Creek, Crawford Washington County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.4 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
 Marinas Near Frog Bayou:
Wildcat Marina, Van Buren , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Frog Bayou:
Quality Inn & Suites, Alma , 4 miles away
Days Inn Alma, Alma , 4 miles away
Quality Inn Van Buren, Van Buren , 7 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Van Buren, Van Buren , 8 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites VAN BUREN-FT SMITH AREA, Van Buren , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Frog Bayou:
Alma KOA Kampground, Alma, 3 miles away
KOA Campgrounds, Alma, 3 miles away
Alma RV Park, Alma, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Frog Bayou:
Butterfield Hiking Trail, Crawford , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Frog Bayou:
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas , 10 miles away
Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas , 13 miles away
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Frog Bayou:
Eagle Crest Golf Course, Alma , 7 miles away
River Valley Golf, Alma , 8 miles away
Cedars Country Club, Van Buren , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Frog Bayou
Hollis Lake, Crawford , 9 miles away
Lee Creek Reservoir, Crawford , 10 miles away
Wildcat Mountain Lake, Sebastian , 12 miles away

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