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Arkansas whitewater, Saline River

Howard county, Shady Lake to Highway 84 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     4.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The wonderful Arkansas scenery and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. If you're coming from Hope 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. Not too many hotels nearby,
    you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The beautiful Ouachita Mountains scenery is an added bonus. The Shady Lake to Highway 84 stretch is one
of a few paddling stretches in this river system. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The Shady Lake to Highway 84 stretch of Saline River in Arkansas is 4.5 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. A  
good workout and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Saline River there are plenty of people from Umpire, and when you're here it's always fun to take a look at Cossatot River State Park. Now, you may feel that's a load but there's even more cool things to do here in the Ouachita Mountains. Summertime at Saline River comes with high temperatures in the 80's, and the overnight is a tad cooler of course, mostly in the 60's. All through the winter highs are in the 40's while the cold winter nights at Saline River are in the 20's.

Saline River, Shady Lake to Highway 84 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 Saline River.
 Whitewater Near Saline River:
Saline River, Howard County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Shady Lake to Highway 84)
Blaylock Creek, Montgomery County, 4 miles away
      Class III+ - 6 miles long (Nfr 106 to Little Missouri River)
Harris Creek, Howard County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Moore Creek, Howard County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6.5 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Little Missouri River, Polk/ Montgomery/ Pike County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 11.5 miles long (Highway 84 Bridge to US Highway 70 Bridge)
Little Missouri River, Montgomery/ Pike County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 8.5 miles long (Albert Pike Campgound to Highway 84 Bridge)
Crooked Creek, Montgomery County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (NFR 43 to Little Missouri)
Blocker Creek, Pike County, 12 miles away
      Class III+ - 9 miles long (Along Highway 369 to Little Missouri below Highway 84)
Baker Creek, Howard County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser road)
Saline River, Sevier / Howard County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.6 miles long (Dierks Lake to Highway 70)
 Marinas Near Saline River:
Highway 70 Landing & Marina, Newhope , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Saline River:
Ozark Inn, Mena , 22 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites - Hope AR, Hope , 46 miles away
Holiday Inn Express HOPE, Hope , 46 miles away
Super 8 Hope, Hope , 46 miles away
Best Western Hope, Hope , 46 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saline River:
Shady Lake, Umpire, 2 miles away
Bard Springs, Umpire, 3 miles away
Albert Pike, Langley, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Saline River:
Gap Mountain Trail, Montgomery , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saline River:
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 68 miles away
Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas , 14 miles away
Daisy State Park, Arkansas , 19 miles away
Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saline River:
Ouachita Country Club, Mena , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Saline River
Shady Lake, Polk , 2 miles away
Irons Fork Reservoir, Polk , 19 miles away

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