Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks

Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks

by Tom Kennon

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ISBN-13: 9780897325219
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date: 05/01/2004
Series: Canoe and Kayak Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 239
Sales rank: 1,270,403
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tom Kennon began paddling in 1974 and wrote his first book in 1978, Arkansas Whitewater Rivers, after gathering information about rivers in Arkansas due to the lack of information about paddling in the area. In 1988 Ozark Whitewater expanded the original book to a more comprehensive description of rivers in the Ozarks. He lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas and is still an active paddler and ACA canoe instructor closely associated with the Arkansas Canoe Club.

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A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks

By Kennon, Tom

Menasha Ridge Press

Copyright © 2004 Kennon, Tom
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West Cedar Creek drops at a rate of 40 feet per mile in this section and continuous class II and III rapids can characterize it. The paddler is greeted with a good class II drop at the put in. The Creek is constricted on both sides by bedrock, creating a fast flow with good eddies and surfing opportunities. Another good drop is just below the Highway 162 Bridge followed by a rapid that drops through a tight boulder field that requires precision moves at just the right moment. The rapid can be run on the river right or river left chutes. The left chute is more difficult and drops into a hole that can be a boat eater at higher levels. The right chute requires an approach from middle river left to river right in preparation for a quick left then right maneuver to run this rapid successfully. Class II rapids continue non-stop for approximately one quarter mile and then the paddler encounters a class II+ slide ledge that takes the paddler under a large rock shelf with no danger. It is just spectacular! Note the waterfall on the right side of the creek! The creek swings to the left (east) and drops over a four-foot waterfall that should be run on river left. There are several good surfing holes here. The paddler encounters a low water bridge less that a quarter mile from the falls. Pull out on river left and portage to avoid the culverts in the bridge. This is alternate Put-in for this section that can be used to shorten the trip by approximately one mile. The creek continues with sporty class II rapids for a short distance then East Cedar Creek enters on river left as the paddler passes under the old wagon bridge. Just below the confluence of East Cedar Creek the paddler encounters a class II+ run that is very exciting. Not far downstream the creek splits. Take the left channel and prepare for a very tight fast run. One should always be on the lookout for fallen trees! Just downstream, the confluence of Cedar Creek enters on right, as the creek turns left. Eddy out and surf the waves here! Just downstream is a low water ford. River left is the safe route. Hydraulics form from the middle to river right of the low water ford. The creek slows its drop for the next two miles but the current still moves and very little paddling is required.


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Table of Contents

Map Indexviii
Map Legendix
An Overview of the Ozarks1
Using This Guide3
River Hydrology7
Conservation and the Law13
Legal Rights of Canoeists14
Part 1The Eastern Ozarks
Archey Creek15
Big Creek17
Cadron Creek19
Cove Creek22
Middle Fork of the Little Red River24
North Sylamore Creek27
Salado Creek29
South Fork of the Spring River31
Spring River33
Strawberry River36
White River38
Part 2The Central Ozarks
Big Piney Creek44
Buffalo National River50
Crooked Creek60
East Fork of the Illinois Bayou63
Falling Water Creek65
Hailstone River67
Hurricane Creek70
Illinois Bayou73
Little Piney Creek75
Middle Fork of the Illinois Bayou77
North Fork of the Illinois Bayou80
Richland Creek82
Shoal Creek87
Spadra Creek89
Part 3The Western Ozarks
Cedar Creek and West Cedar Creek91
Clear Creek94
Cove Creek97
Frog Bayou99
Illinois River104
King's River106
Lee Creek112
Little Mulberry Creek116
Middle Fork of the White River119
Mulberry River122
Osage Creek129
Upper White River130
War Eagle Creek132
West Fork of the White River134
Part 4The Ouachitas
Alum Fork of the Saline River137
Baker Creek139
Big Creek (Oklahoma)141
Brushy Creek143
Caddo River145
Cossator River148
Eagle Fork Creek154
Jack Creek156
Little Missouri River158
Lower Ouachita River162
North Fork of the Saline River165
Ouachita River167
Saline River172
South Fourche Lafave River174
Sugar Creek176
Part 5The Missouri Ozarks
Bryant's Creek179
Current River182
Eleven Point River188
Jack's Fork River193
North Fork of the White River198
Part 6The St. Francios Mountains
Big Creek201
Castor River204
Marble Creek206
St. Francis River208
Turkey Creek213
Appendix AClubs and Organizations216
Appendix BAdditional Books and Videos220
Appendix CMaps222
Appendix DRecommended Web sites224
Appendix EUSGS Waterline226

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This book gives just the right amount of accurate information on several streams & rivers, from someone who has personally traveled them. It also gives several websites for up-to-date info on stream level, ect.