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Arkansas whitewater, War Eagle Creek

Madison Washington Benton county, Highway 23 to War Eagle Mill section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     38 miles
The water is easy, with limited tree hazards. Lots of spectacular bluffs, many overhanging the water. Lots of shade. No phone service, so forget about plotting the navigation on GPS (or calling for help.) Sometimes you might glimpse river otter or beaver. From the 'Rocky Ford' west of Withrow Springs on Madison 8500 (or 40,) to the Hwy 45 bridge, it took 8 hours of lazy but steady paddling in Kayaks, with no long stops, no fishing. No one else
    was boating on the river the entire day on a Saturday! I estimate it is 11 or so miles of slow water, which makes for a very long day. In mid June, there were many areas where we had to get out and portage (or scoot) over
shallow spots that with just 6 inches more of water would have been very nice to float. Two weeks earlier, we never got out at all except to negotiate a log-jam. As always, beware of snakes. On one portage, an actual large Timber Rattler caught my attention only because he tumbled a small stone as he hurried away from me. He was big and close and had he remained still, I might have stepped on him. We also saw a few very small Copper Heads.  
Not enough to make us worry or keep us from swimming to cool off. Says Dana Reynolds

I opened a canoe rental n camping on war eagle, down half mile from 45 bridge, at smallmouth rapids.  There's a game n fish access up river also, that's very secluded, that we shuttle to n you can float down. Also you can float to gar hole n war eagle mills from here.  We have worked out ok's to run shuttles all over river. 479 530 3262, wareaglecanoeing@yahoo.com Says War Eagle Canoeing n Camping

Pulled out a 4lb spot on atube in th erain today. Pulled in 25 14inch to 18inch browns in the last 2 weeks. All in the 1st mi from 45. Says D Kamp

The mill has stopped letting people use their property for put in and take out.  Gar hole access, 6 or 8 miles above the mill has been closed down.  How can anyone float this river now? Says Justin Bulla

War Eagle Creek, Highway 23 to War Eagle Mill road map
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These outdoors activities are available near War Eagle Creek.
 Whitewater Near War Eagle Creek:
War Eagle Creek, Madison Washington Benton County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 38 miles long (Highway 23 to War Eagle Mill)
Kings River, Madison Carroll County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 67 miles long (Highway 74 to Missouri 86)
Kings River, Madison County, 19 miles away
      Class III+ - 11 miles long (Dripping Springs to Highway 74)
White River, Madison Washington County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 37 miles long (Pettigrew to Elkins)
White River - Middle Fork, Madison County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 1.75 miles long (Arnett to Hicks)
Little Mulberry Creek, Madison County, 24 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (County Road 104 to County Road 105)
Mulberry River, Franklin County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III - 3.6 miles long (Redding Campground to Highway 23)
Beech Creek, Newton County, 25 miles away
      Class III-V - 7.5 miles long (Cave MtNorth Road to Highway 21)
Mulberry River, Franklin County, 25 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Highway 23 to Campbell's Cemetery)
Spirits Creek, Newton County, 26 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (County Road 76 to County Road 2434)
 Marinas Near War Eagle Creek:
Hide-A-Way Campground, Rogers , 15 miles away
Starkey Marina, Eureka Springs , 16 miles away
Rocky Branch Marina, Rogers , 16 miles away
War Eagle Marina, Springdale , 17 miles away
Lost Bridge Marina, Garfield , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near War Eagle Creek:
Bryce Canyon Resort, Bryce , 11 miles away
Quality Inn Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs , 15 miles away
Econo Lodge, Eureka Springs , 15 miles away
Swiss Village Inn, Eureka Springs , 16 miles away
Days Inn Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near War Eagle Creek:
Silverleaf RV Park and Mini Golf, Huntsville, 5 miles away
Withrow Springs State Park, Huntsville, 6 miles away
McIlroy Madison County Wildlife Management Area - Site 4, Huntsville, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near War Eagle Creek:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 47 miles away
George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond - MO , 57 miles away
Withrow Springs State Park, Arkansas , 4 miles away
Beaver Lake State Park, Arkansas , 14 miles away
Roaring River State Park, Missouri , 28 miles away
 Lakes Near War Eagle Creek
Beaver Lake, Carroll , 17 miles away

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