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Arkansas whitewater, Illinois River

Washington county, Prairie Grove to Robinson Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     14.5 miles
We frequently float from the Orr Bridge located in Hogeye to the twin bridges at Goose Creek when the water is high enough. Word of caution. All land is privately owned. Some land owners do not take kindly to paddlers in this stretch of river. Also, We float from the Twin Bridges to Siloam. This is about an 8 hour float. The trip from Robinson Road to the Oklahoma HWY 59 bridge is a nice float as well. There is an outfitter located on Arkansas
    hwy 59 who will rent/shuttle you as well! Says Chad

The Prairie Grove to Robinson Road stretch of Illinois River in Arkansas is 14.5 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.
The nature scenery of Arkansas and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. 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. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. If you're coming from Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The average Arkansas whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Illinois River, Prairie Grove to Robinson Road 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 Illinois River.
 Whitewater Near Illinois River:
Illinois River, Washington County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 14.5 miles long (Prairie Grove to Robinson Road)
Illinois River, Washington and Benton County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.7 miles long (Robinson Road to Highway 16)
Illinois River, Benton County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.1 miles long (Highway 16 to Arkansas 59)
Fall Creek, Washington / Crawford County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 12 miles long (Strickler to Lee Creek)
White River - West Fork, Washington County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Woolsey to Greenland)
Lee Creek, Crawford Washington County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.4 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
Blackburn Creek, Crawford County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
Ben Doodle Branch, Crawford County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (Camping area to Highway 220)
Hart Creek, Crawford County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (to Highway 220)
Lee Creek, Crawford County, 20 miles away
      Class II+ - 3 miles long (Highway 220 to NFS Access)
 Hotels Near Illinois River:
Hampton Inn Fayetteville, Fayetteville , 6 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Fayetteville, Fayetteville , 9 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Fayetteville, Fayetteville , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites FAYETTEVILLE-UNIV OF AR AREA, Fayetteville , 9 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Fayettevile, Fayetteville , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Illinois River:
Lake Weddington Campground, Washington County, 3 miles away
Hart's RV Park, Farmington, 5 miles away
Southgate Rv Park Of Fayettevi, Fayetteville, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Illinois River:
Weddington Hiking Trail, Benton , 6 miles away
Butterfield Hiking Trail, Crawford , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Illinois River:
George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond - MO , 44 miles away
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas , 5 miles away
Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas , 17 miles away
Adair State Park, Oklahoma , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Illinois River:
Golf Club Valley View, Farmington , 5 miles away
Golf Club at Valley View, Farmington , 6 miles away
Links At Fayettville Golf, Fayetteville , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Illinois River
Lake Wilson, Washington , 14 miles away
Crystal Lake, Benton , 18 miles away
Lake Bentonville, Benton , 18 miles away

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