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Arkansas whitewater, Ouachita River

Montgomery county, USFS Dragover section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     2.9 miles
  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 many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The nature scenery of Montgomery County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. There's camping available near Ouachita River. The beautiful Ouachita Mountains scenery is an added bonus. This section is quite short
    so no need to bring snacks. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This section of Ouachita River is 2.9 miles long and is rated by American
Whitewater as a class II section. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Hot Springs, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The USFS Dragover stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad  
you came.

Briefly about the general area:
At Ouachita River you always meet someone from Sims; a good spot like Ouachita National Forest is too great to leave out. Life's too short to enjoy all the fun stuff in the Ouachita Mountains. The warmest time of the year at Ouachita River arrives with high temperatures in the 90's while overnight lows are ordinarily in the 60's. The winter comes with highs in the 40's, and nighttime lows at Ouachita River through the wintertime ordinarily drop into the 20's. The high level of rain makes Ouachita River a quite wet place. The month of May is the wettest with most of the rain, and January is the month with the least moisture.

Ouachita River, USFS Dragover 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:
Ouachita River, Montgomery County, 0 miles away
      Class II - 2.9 miles long (USFS Dragover)
Fiddlers Creek, Montgomery County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 5.5 miles long (NFR 274 Access to Ouachita River Close to Sims)
Caddo River, Montgomery County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 29 miles long (Norman to Amity)
Ouachita River, Montgomery County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 29.4 miles long (Little Hope Road to USFS Dragover Campground)
Crooked Creek, Montgomery County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (NFR 43 to Little Missouri)
Blocker Creek, Pike County, 22 miles away
      Class III+ - 9 miles long (Along Highway 369 to Little Missouri below Highway 84)
Little Missouri River, Montgomery/ Pike County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 8.5 miles long (Albert Pike Campgound to Highway 84 Bridge)
Sugar Creek, Scott/ Logan County, 25 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (NFR 19 to Jack Creek Rec Area)
Jack Creek, Logan County, 25 miles away
      Class III+ - 3 miles long (Jack Creek Road to Jack Creek Rec Area)
Little Missouri River, Polk/ Montgomery/ Pike County, 26 miles away
      Class II - 11.5 miles long (Highway 84 Bridge to US Highway 70 Bridge)
 Marinas Near Ouachita River:
Little Fir Landing, Mount Ida , 11 miles away
Lake Ouachita Resort Marina, Mount Ida , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Ouachita River:
Super 8 Hot Springs, Hot Springs , 39 miles away
Clarion Resort On The Lake, Hot Springs , 39 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Hot Springs, Hot Springs , 39 miles away
Staybridge Suites HOT SPRINGS, Hot Springs , 39 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Hot Springs, Hot Springs , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ouachita River:
River Bluff, Sims, 0 miles away
Two Spirits Limited, Mt Ida, 1 miles away
High Shoals Cabins and Campground, Mount Ida, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Ouachita River:
Gap Mountain Trail, Montgomery , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ouachita River:
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 42 miles away
Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas , 11 miles away
Daisy State Park, Arkansas , 24 miles away
Lake Ouachita State Park, Arkansas , 31 miles away

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