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Arkansas whitewater, Ouachita River

Polk and Montgomery county, Acorn to Little Hope Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     35.4 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. The beautiful scenery of Polk and Montgomery County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. This section of Ouachita River in Arkansas is 35.4 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater paddling here in the Ouachita
    Mountains is a great experience. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Acorn to Little Hope Road section is just one of many. Now this is a pretty long section, so it looks like you will be camping
out. If you're coming from Fort Smith 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. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. 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. You might be  
into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The campgrounds here at Ouachita River are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Ouachita River there are plenty of people from Boles. Ouachita River gets a large amount of water. May is the wettest month with most rain; January is when it's the driest. At Ouachita River during the months of summer highs are in the 90's. Once the sun is down it dips down to the 60's. Highs throughout the wintertime are regularly in the 50's, and after the sun is down during the winter temperatures at Ouachita River sink into the 20's.

Ouachita River, Acorn to Little Hope 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 Ouachita River.
 Whitewater Near Ouachita River:
Mill Creek, Scott County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Highway 270 to Fourche LaFAvenue River)
Ouachita River, Polk and Montgomery County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 35.4 miles long (Acorn to Little Hope Road)
Ouachita River, Montgomery County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 29.4 miles long (Little Hope Road to USFS Dragover Campground)
Blaylock Creek, Montgomery County, 14 miles away
      Class III+ - 6 miles long (Nfr 106 to Little Missouri River)
Harris Creek, Howard County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Saline River, Howard County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Shady Lake to Highway 84)
Crooked Creek, Montgomery County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (NFR 43 to Little Missouri)
Moore Creek, Howard County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6.5 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Cossatot River, Polk County, 17 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.4 miles long (County Road 31 to Highway 246)
Brushy Creek, Polk County, 17 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (Polk County 408 to Cossatot at Highway 246)
 Hotels Near Ouachita River:
Ozark Inn, Mena , 15 miles away
GuestHouse Inn Fort Smith, Fort Smith , 46 miles away
Home2 Suites By Hilton Fort Smith, Fort Smith , 47 miles away
Candlewood Suites FORT SMITH, Fort Smith , 47 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Fort Smith, Fort Smith , 47 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ouachita River:
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena, 3 miles away
Mill Creek, Boles, 7 miles away
Wolf Pen Gap Atv Campground, Mena, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ouachita River:
Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas , 18 miles away
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Arkansas , 23 miles away
Daisy State Park, Arkansas , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ouachita River:
Ouachita Country Club, Mena , 10 miles away
Mena Golf Club, Mena , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Ouachita River
Irons Fork Reservoir, Polk , 6 miles away
Shady Lake, Polk , 14 miles away

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