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Arkansas whitewater, Illinois Bayou

Pope county, Hector to Scottsville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     10 miles
  If you're coming from Russellville it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wonderful Arkansas scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so better not forget that the rivers in
    this state are less demanding. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve
in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch of Illinois Bayou in Pope County is 10 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. The beauty of the Boston Mountains is a great plus for this river. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. This section is  
long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Mail Trail, and a magnificent site close by is Epson Hollow. Man, is there a lot of entertaining things to do in the Boston Mountains. The Cowan Hollow Trail offers hiking at its best; there are plenty of folks from Hector here. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Illinois Bayou is a reasonably wet place regularly with a good deal of precipitation.

Illinois Bayou, Hector to Scottsville 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 Bayou.
 Whitewater Near Illinois Bayou:
Illinois Bayou, Pope County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Hector to Scottsville)
Illinois Bayou, Pope County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Bayou Bluff to Hector)
Illinois Bayou - North Fork, Pope County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (CR1000 to FS181)
Big Piney Creek, Pope County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 4.4 miles long (Long Pool Campground to Highway 164)
Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork, Pope County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Smyrna to Bayou Bluff)
Galla Creek, Pope County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.15 miles long (Crow MtNorth Road to Galla Creek Lake)
Big Piney Creek, Pope County, 13 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8.4 miles long (Helton's Farm to Long Pool Campground)
Left Hand Prong, Pope County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8.5 miles long (Headwaters to Victor Road)
Graves Creek, Pope County, 14 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.9 miles long (Headwaters to Big Piney Creek)
Falling Water Creek, Pope/Searcy County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Falling Water Falls to Richland Campground)
 Marinas Near Illinois Bayou:
White River Marina, Spur , 15 miles away
Lucky Landing, Atkins , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Illinois Bayou:
Quality Inn Russellville, Russellville , 13 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Russellville , 13 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Russellville, Russellville , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites RUSSELLVILLE, Russellville , 13 miles away
Best Western Inn, Russellville , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Illinois Bayou:
Bayou Bluff, Hector, 5 miles away
Moccasin Gap Horse Camp, Pelsor, 7 miles away
Long Pool, Dover, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Illinois Bayou:
Cowan Hollow Trail, Pope , 6 miles away
Mail Trail, Pope , 11 miles away
Still Hollow Trail, Pope , 11 miles away
Boyd Trail, Pope , 11 miles away
Silver Point Trail, Pope , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Illinois Bayou:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 43 miles away
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 55 miles away
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas , 17 miles away
Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas , 21 miles away
Mt. Nebo State Park, Arkansas , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Illinois Bayou:
Galla Creek Golf Course, Pottsville , 14 miles away
Russellville Country Club, Russellville , 14 miles away
Golf Express, Russellville , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Illinois Bayou
Lake Russellville, Pope , 12 miles away
Galla Creek Wildlife Lake, Pope , 17 miles away
Lake Dardanelle, Pope , 17 miles away

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