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Arkansas whitewater, Illinois Bayou - North Fork

Pope county, CR1000 to FS181 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     14 miles
  The scenic beauty of Arkansas and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. The CR1000 to FS181 section of Illinois Bayou - North Fork in Pope County is 14 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The Boston Mountains scenery is wonderful. If you're coming from Russellville it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map
    further down. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Arkansas are often more forgiving than in other states, so keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. There arenít any
hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. The CR1000 to FS181 stretch is one of many  
paddling stretches in this river system. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
The Mail Trail is a delightful hiking trail in the neighborhood of Illinois Bayou - North Fork, and while you're here you will meet lots of folks from nearby Hector. Life's too short to enjoy all the enjoyable things in the Boston Mountains. On a glorious day at Illinois Bayou - North Fork you can take a hike along the Cowan Hollow Trail, and close by Cowan Hollow is a perfect place to go.

Illinois Bayou - North Fork, CR1000 to FS181 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 - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Illinois Bayou - North Fork:
Illinois Bayou - North Fork, Pope County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (CR1000 to FS181)
Illinois Bayou, Pope County, 5 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 - Middle Fork, Pope County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Smyrna to Bayou Bluff)
Left Hand Prong, Pope County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8.5 miles long (Headwaters to Victor Road)
Falling Water Creek, Pope/Searcy County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Falling Water Falls to Richland Campground)
Big Piney Creek, Pope County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 4.4 miles long (Long Pool Campground to Highway 164)
Big Piney Creek, Pope County, 11 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8.4 miles long (Helton's Farm to Long Pool Campground)
Richland Creek, Newton/Searcy County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 6.2 miles long (Moore to Richland Creek Campground)
Graves Creek, Pope County, 13 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.9 miles long (Headwaters to Big Piney Creek)
 Marinas Near Illinois Bayou - North Fork:
White River Marina, Spur , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Illinois Bayou - North Fork:
Quality Inn Russellville, Russellville , 17 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Russellville, Russellville , 17 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites RUSSELLVILLE, Russellville , 18 miles away
Super 8 Russellville, Russellville , 18 miles away
Best Western Inn, Russellville , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Illinois Bayou - North Fork:
Moccasin Gap Horse Camp, Pelsor, 4 miles away
Bayou Bluff, Hector, 6 miles away
Richland Creek wildernes Post, Pelsor, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Illinois Bayou - North Fork:
Cowan Hollow Trail, Pope , 2 miles away
Mail Trail, Pope , 5 miles away
Boyd Trail, Pope , 6 miles away
Sulphur Trail, Pope , 7 miles away
Still Hollow Trail, Pope , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Illinois Bayou - North Fork:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 38 miles away
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 60 miles away
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas , 21 miles away
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas , 22 miles away
Mt. Nebo State Park, Arkansas , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Illinois Bayou - North Fork:
Galla Creek Golf Course, Pottsville , 19 miles away
Russellville Country Club, Russellville , 19 miles away
Golf Express, Russellville , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Illinois Bayou - North Fork
Lake Russellville, Pope , 16 miles away

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