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Arkansas whitewater, Illinois River

Benton county, Highway 16 to Arkansas 59 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     5.1 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Benton County and the water flowing gracefully down Illinois River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Highway 16 to Arkansas 59 stretch of Illinois River is 5.1 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding.
    You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good spots for that around here. The Highway 16 to Arkansas 59 section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. You
can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. No need to look hard for hotels, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. When you're paddling down a Ozarks river like this one you always get great  
scenery along the way too. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to Natural Falls State Park close to Illinois River is a nice thing to do, and don't leave Illinois River without first going for a hike along the Weddington Hiking Trail. These mountains rock, just explore all the exciting things to do in the Ozarks. Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park is a glorious place to stop at on a wonderful day; the wonderful people of Siloam Springs like to hang out close by.

Illinois River, Highway 16 to Arkansas 59 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, Benton County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.1 miles long (Highway 16 to Arkansas 59)
Illinois River, Washington and Benton County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.7 miles long (Robinson Road to Highway 16)
Flint Creek, Delaware County, 15 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 1 miles long (US 412 to Fidler's Bend)
Illinois River, Washington County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 14.5 miles long (Prairie Grove to Robinson Road)
Fall Creek, Washington / Crawford County, 22 miles away
      Class III - 12 miles long (Strickler to Lee Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Two Sons Floats & Camping, Mcdonald County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Lee Creek, Crawford Washington County, 27 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.4 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
Lee Creek, Crawford County, 27 miles away
      Class II+ - 3 miles long (Highway 220 to NFS Access)
White River - West Fork, Washington County, 27 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Woolsey to Greenland)
Blackburn Creek, Crawford County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
 Hotels Near Illinois River:
Hampton Inn Siloam Springs, Siloam Springs , 3 miles away
Quality Inn Siloam Springs, Siloam Springs , 4 miles away
Super 8 Siloam Springs, Siloam Springs , 4 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites Siloam Springs, Siloam Springs , 4 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SILOAM SPRINGS, Siloam Springs , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Illinois River:
Lake Frances, Siloam Springs, 3 miles away
Greentree RV, Siloam Springs, 4 miles away
Baron Fork Creek Campground, Westville, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Illinois River:
Weddington Hiking Trail, Benton , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Illinois River:
George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond - MO , 41 miles away
Natural Falls State Park, Oklahoma , 14 miles away
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas , 15 miles away
Adair State Park, Oklahoma , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Illinois River:
Siloam Springs Country Club, Siloam Springs , 4 miles away
Thunderbird Golf Course, Siloam Springs , 6 miles away
Golf Club Valley View, Farmington , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Illinois River
Crystal Lake, Benton , 13 miles away

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