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Oklahoma whitewater, Kiamichi River

Le Flore county, Above Highway 63 to Highway 259 at Big Cedar section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     7 miles
Near the Kiamichi River Kayaking Hwy 63 put in is a good lodge called Billy Creek Cabins. Says NL

Want to plan a trip for me and 2 teenage boys sometime in June or early July. Does anyone know of any cabin available? Says Laurie Jones

The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Oklahoma are often more forgiving than in other states, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy.
    The wonderful Le Flore County scenery and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. This stretch of Kiamichi River is 7 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The put-in location
is a reasonable drive from Fort Smith, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The campgrounds here at Kiamichi River are pretty good. The Ouachita Mountains scenery is wonderful. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from  
the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
If you want to hit the beach, Cedar Lake North Shore is in close proximity, and during your trip here you'll meet some folks from Hodgen for sure. So many fun things to do in the Ouachita Mountains, not sufficient time. On a tremendous day it's a wonderful idea to spend the day at Cedar Lake South Shore.

Kiamichi River, Above Highway 63 to Highway 259 at Big Cedar 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 Kiamichi River.
 Whitewater Near Kiamichi River:
Kiamichi River, Le Flore County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Above Highway 63 to Highway 259 at Big Cedar)
Big Eagle Creek - Eagle Fork, Le Flore/ McCurtain County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.5 miles long (Highway 259 south of Cucumber Crk to Highway 259 Close to Smithville)
Big Creek, Leflore County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Arkansas state line to Page Oklahoma)
Mountain Fork, Polk/ McCurtain County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II+(IV) - 28 miles long (Highway 259 Close to Hatfield Ar to Narrows above Broken Bow Lake)
Buffalo Creek, McCurtain County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Weyerhauser Road 28000 to Broken Bow Lake)
Bok tu kolo Creek, McCurtain County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Weyerhauser Road to Highway 259)
Little River, Leflore/ Pushmataha County, 24 miles away
      Class II - 40 miles long (Honobia to Cloudy Road)
Camp/Flat Creek, Polk/ Howard County, 27 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4.5 miles long (Polk County Road 33 to Cossatot River)
Brushy Creek, Polk County, 28 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (Polk County 408 to Cossatot at Highway 246)
Robinson Creek, Polk/ Sevier County, 28 miles away
      Class II+ - 9 miles long (Weyerhauser rd)
 Beaches Near Kiamichi River:
Cedar Lake North Shore, Le Flore , 9 miles away
Cedar Lake South Shore, Le Flore , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Kiamichi River:
Days Inn & Suites Poteau, Poteau , 24 miles away
Ozark Inn, Mena , 24 miles away
SureStay Plus Hotel Poteau, Poteau , 26 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites POTEAU, Poteau , 26 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Broken Bow, Broken Bow , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kiamichi River:
Pashubbe Trailhead, Hodgen, 1 miles away
Kiamichi River 1, Hodgen, 4 miles away
Pipe Springs Campground, Le Flore County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Kiamichi River:
Billy Creek Trail, Le Flore , 8 miles away
Little Eagle Trail, Le Flore , 15 miles away
Boktuklo Trail, McCurtain , 16 miles away
Honobia Trail, Le Flore , 18 miles away
Turney Ranch Trail, Le Flore , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Kiamichi River:
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Arkansas , 16 miles away
Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas , 31 miles away
 Lakes Near Kiamichi River
Cedar Lake, Le Flore , 10 miles away
Wister Lake, Le Flore , 19 miles away

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