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Arkansas whitewater, Ouachita River

Montgomery county, Little Hope Road to USFS Dragover Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     29.4 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Russellville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The scenic beauty of Montgomery County and the water flowing gracefully down Ouachita River will make you feel great. This section of Ouachita River in Montgomery County is 29.4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. There are some good sections to paddle in
    this river system, the Little Hope Road to USFS Dragover Campground section is one of them. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance
because these hotels fill up quick. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camping stuff too. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this  
state are pretty easy. When you're paddling down a Ouachita Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of people from Pencil Bluff come to Ouachita River, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Ouachita River; Gap Mountain Trail is a perfect local trail. All year is a perfect time in the Ouachita Mountains if you have a thing about the outdoors.

Ouachita River, Little Hope Road to USFS Dragover Campground 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:
Fiddlers Creek, Montgomery County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 5.5 miles long (NFR 274 Access to Ouachita River Close to Sims)
Ouachita River, Montgomery County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 29.4 miles long (Little Hope Road to USFS Dragover Campground)
Ouachita River, Montgomery County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 2.9 miles long (USFS Dragover)
Caddo River, Montgomery County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 29 miles long (Norman to Amity)
Crooked Creek, Montgomery County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (NFR 43 to Little Missouri)
Little Missouri River, Montgomery/ Pike County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 8.5 miles long (Albert Pike Campgound to Highway 84 Bridge)
Blocker Creek, Pike County, 16 miles away
      Class III+ - 9 miles long (Along Highway 369 to Little Missouri below Highway 84)
Blaylock Creek, Montgomery County, 19 miles away
      Class III+ - 6 miles long (Nfr 106 to Little Missouri River)
Little Missouri River, Polk/ Montgomery/ Pike County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 11.5 miles long (Highway 84 Bridge to US Highway 70 Bridge)
Mill Creek, Scott County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Highway 270 to Fourche LaFAvenue River)
 Marinas Near Ouachita River:
Lake Ouachita Resort Marina, Mount Ida , 19 miles away
Little Fir Landing, Mount Ida , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Ouachita River:
Ozark Inn, Mena , 35 miles away
Super 8 Hot Springs, Hot Springs , 47 miles away
Clarion Resort On The Lake, Hot Springs , 47 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Hot Springs, Hot Springs , 47 miles away
Staybridge Suites HOT SPRINGS, Hot Springs , 48 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ouachita River:
M and M Canoe Rentals, Pencil Bluff, 2 miles away
Ouachita River Haven Resort, Pencil Bluff, 2 miles away
Rocky Shoals Campground, Montgomery County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Ouachita River:
Gap Mountain Trail, Montgomery , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ouachita River:
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 51 miles away
Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas , 18 miles away
Daisy State Park, Arkansas , 21 miles away
Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas , 33 miles away

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