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Arkansas whitewater, Rock Creek

Pulaski county, Chenal Parkway to Boyle Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+     7.2 miles
A buddy & I made the route from Birchwood park (behind Goodyear on W. Markham street, and took out on South University by the Car Dealerships back in the 80's after a storm which brought some tornados through central Arkansas.  There was a high volume of water.  We had to duck as we went under I-430 through the drain passages.  We had just enough clearance.  But the route was awesome.  We hit quite a big of white water as we passed through Kanis
    Park, and shortly after that, after crossing under 12th street/Kanis bridge, the drop through Boyle Park was the fastest falling water on the route.  It was quite an adventurous run, crossing all those well know parks &
bridges from the waters perspective.  Fabulous route. Says Don Fletcher

You've got to be kidding me... The only time there's enough water in this creek to float would be after a huge storm, at that point we are talking flood stage. Then you are talking about going through the heart of Little Rock, with street overpasses some barely clearing the creek, lots of debris, etc. Says Noel

The starting location is a short drive from Little
Rock-North Little Rock, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The average Arkansas whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. This section of Rock Creek in Pulaski County is 7.2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II+ section. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Chenal Parkway to Boyle Park section is one of them.

Rock Creek, Chenal Parkway to Boyle Park 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 Rock Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rock Creek:
Rock Creek, Pulaski County, 3 miles away
      Class II+ - 7.2 miles long (Chenal Parkway to Boyle Park)
Lake Norrell Spillway, Saline County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.2 miles long (Lake Norrell Spillway)
Saline River - North Fork, Saline County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.7 miles long (Steel Bridge Road to Lyle Park)
Saline River - Alum Fork, Saline County, 25 miles away
      Class I-II - 20.5 miles long (Highway 5 to Benton City Park)
 Marinas Near Rock Creek:
River Valley Marina, Little Rock , 4 miles away
Little Rock Yacht Club, Little Rock , 6 miles away
Paradise Landing, Mayflower , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Rock Creek:
Residence Inn Little Rock, Little Rock , 0 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn West Little Rock, Little Rock , 0 miles away
Wingate By Wyndham Little Rock, Little Rock , 0 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites West Little Rock, Little Rock , 0 miles away
Embassy Suites Little Rock, Little Rock , 1 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rock Creek:
Sands Mobile Home Park, Little Rock, 5 miles away
N Little Rock KOA Kampground, North Little Rock, 6 miles away
Blue Sky RV Park, Maumelle, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rock Creek:
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 46 miles away
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Arkansas , 8 miles away
Toltec Mounds State Park, Arkansas , 24 miles away
Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rock Creek:
Western Hills Country Club, Little Rock , 3 miles away
Hindman Park Golf Course, Little Rock , 4 miles away
First Tee Of Arkansas, Little Rock , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Rock Creek
Koban Lake, Pulaski , 3 miles away
Lake Conway, Faulkner , 13 miles away
Lake Norrell, Saline , 17 miles away

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