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Arkansas whitewater, Kings River

Madison Carroll county, Highway 74 to Missouri 86 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     67 miles
  If you're coming from Harrison it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The natural beauty of Madison Carroll County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. The Highway 74 to Missouri 86 stretch of Kings River in Arkansas is 67 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. The beautiful Ozarks scenery
    is an added bonus. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good places. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before
you come because it is a very popular destination. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so better not forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. There's camping available near Kings River. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Highway 74 to Missouri 86 stretch is one of them. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip,  
so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Berryville here; a great place to stop by is Waterfall Hollow. And that's not all the things you can do here in the Ozarks. Kings River is close to Withrow Springs State Park which is a pretty place. Kings River gets a lot of water. Through June this area sees the most rain; the driest month is January. Summertime highs at Kings River ordinarily tend to be in the 80's while overnight lows are mostly in the 60's.

Kings River, Highway 74 to Missouri 86 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 Kings River.
 Whitewater Near Kings River:
Kings River, Madison Carroll County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 67 miles long (Highway 74 to Missouri 86)
War Eagle Creek, Madison Washington Benton County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 38 miles long (Highway 23 to War Eagle Mill)
Clark Creek, Newton County, 18 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1 miles long (Lost Valley)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 10.6 miles long (Ponca to Kyles)
Osage Creek, Newton/Boone/Carroll County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Compton to Carroll County Road 11)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 6.1 miles long (Boxley to Ponca)
Kings River, Madison County, 21 miles away
      Class III+ - 11 miles long (Dripping Springs to Highway 74)
Beech Creek, Newton County, 21 miles away
      Class III-V - 7.5 miles long (Cave MtNorth Road to Highway 21)
Broadwater Hollow, Newton County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 0.25 miles long (Park Boundary to Cecil Creek)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.1 miles long (Kyles to Pruitt)
 Marinas Near Kings River:
Campbell Point Marina, Shell Knob , 19 miles away
Holiday Island Marina, Eureka Springs , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Kings River:
Dogwood Cottages, Eureka Springs , 14 miles away
Swiss Village Inn, Eureka Springs , 14 miles away
Econo Lodge, Eureka Springs , 14 miles away
Quality Inn Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs , 14 miles away
Best Western Eureka Inn, Eureka Springs , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kings River:
Berryville Mobile Home Park, Berryville, 5 miles away
Berryville RV Park, Berryville, 5 miles away
McIlroy Madison County Wildlife Management Area - Site 24, Beaver, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Kings River:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 31 miles away
George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond - MO , 65 miles away
Withrow Springs State Park, Arkansas , 14 miles away
Table Rock State Park, Missouri , 26 miles away
Beaver Lake State Park, Arkansas , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kings River:
Oakridge Golf Course, Huntsville , 13 miles away
Nine Hole Golf Course, Eureka Springs , 19 miles away

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