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Arkansas whitewater, Ouachita River

Hot Spring county, Rockport Ledge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     0.1 miles
wish you fellers would find some other place

The natural beauty of Arkansas and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting location is a short drive from Hot Springs, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. This section
    is very short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. The river winds through the Ouachita Mountains and
you get great scenery. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Arkansas are often more forgiving than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. There are many good hotels to choose from, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels  
fill up quick. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The Rockport Ledge stretch of Ouachita River is 0.1 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II section.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Ouachita River you come across Steep Hollow which is a great place to explore, and Ouachita River is a spot with many visitors from Malvern. And that's not all you can do here in the Ouachita Mountains. A tour to Lake Catherine State Park when you're here at Ouachita River is never a bad idea. Hot Springs National Park is a splendid site in the vicinity of Ouachita River.

Ouachita River, Rockport Ledge 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, Hot Spring County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Remmel Dam to I-30 at Malvern)
Blakely Creek - North Fork, Hot Spring County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 2.9 miles long (North Fork Road to Highway 84)
Gulpha Creek, Garland County, 13 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.2 miles long (Ridgeway Road to Highway 270)
Saline River - Alum Fork, Saline County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 20.5 miles long (Highway 5 to Benton City Park)
De Roche Creek, Hot Spring/Clark County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Highway 283 to Highway 67)
Saline River - North Fork, Saline County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.7 miles long (Steel Bridge Road to Lyle Park)
Lake Norrell Spillway, Saline County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.2 miles long (Lake Norrell Spillway)
Saline River - Middle Fork, Garland County, 26 miles away
      Class II(III) - 0.9 miles long (Iron Springs to Buffalo Gap Road)
Trace Creek, Perry County, 30 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.5 miles long (NFR 780 to Highway 7)
 Marinas Near Ouachita River:
R & J Marina, Hot Springs Village , 14 miles away
Balboa Dam Stoarge, Hot Springs Village , 14 miles away
Hot Springs Marina, Hot Springs National Park , 16 miles away
Power Boats, Hot Springs National Park , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Ouachita River:
Comfort Inn Malvern, Malvern , 1 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Malvern, Malvern , 1 miles away
Super 8 Malvern, Malvern , 1 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MALVERN, Malvern , 2 miles away
Red Carpet Inn Hot Springs AR, Hot Springs , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ouachita River:
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs, 8 miles away
Cloud Nine RV Park, Hot Springs National Park, 9 miles away
J B's RV Park and Campground, Benton, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ouachita River:
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 14 miles away
Lake Catherine State Park, Arkansas , 6 miles away
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Arkansas , 23 miles away
Lake Ouachita State Park, Arkansas , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ouachita River:
Malvern Country Club, Malvern , 9 miles away
Lakeside Golf Club, Hot Springs , 10 miles away
Lakeview Golf Club, Hot Springs National , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Ouachita River
Lake Catherine, Hot Spring , 4 miles away
Lake Hamilton, Garland , 13 miles away
Sleepy Valley Lake, Garland , 15 miles away

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