Illinois - 4) Hwy 16 to Arkansas 59 Near Siloam Springs (5.1 miles)


Illinois, Arkansas, US

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4) Hwy 16 to Arkansas 59 Near Siloam Springs (5.1 miles) (Fisher Ford)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 5.1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 3 fpm
Max Gradient 5 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Illinois River South of Siloam Springs, AR
usgs-07195430 2.50 - 6.00 ft I-II 00h25m 2.48 ft (too low)


River Description

Nice slow class I float with an occasional Class II riffle. Many places to access although it flows through private land for much of the way.

Do not confuse the takeout with Oklahoma Hwy 59 as it will make the trip much much longer through the remnants of Lake Francis!

About halfway, the creek crosses under Fisher Ford Road and drops over a bedrock shoal known as 'Fisher Ford'.  In 2014, enhancements are being completed to create the city of Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreational Park. This is a nice class II playspot that offers something to surf at most flows, even in the summer.




Can be combined with upstream sections for longer trips.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-02-21 14:33:38

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Fisher FordN/APlayspot

Rapid Descriptions

Fisher Ford (Class N/A)

Some re-engineering at this location has created a couple of really good playable features. Good access now allows park-and-play here.




User Comments

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July 29 2016 (64 days ago)
ldepperson (158301)
We floated from Chambers Springs Public Access to Arkansas Highway 59 a couple of weeks ago. Took
about 5 hours. Probably about 9 or 10 miles. Long, slow pools connected by riffles. Chambers
Springs is easy access on a dirt road about a 1/2 mile off Highway 412 behind a permanent fireworks
business. Lots of parking on a dirt lot. Easy unload/access to river. Only ran into one slight
obstacle - a tree down - but was relatively easy to cross over. There are 3 drops at the Siloam
Springs Kayak Park in the space of about 100 yards, along with a swimming pool area. Lot's of
people playing in the water and in tubes. The drops were interesting. Wish they had a way to get
kayaks back up without having to drag them :) Lot's of paved parking, port-a-potties, concrete
walkways, and even a small climbing wall. www.siloamspringskayakpark.com Arkansas 59 Canoeing &
Rafting charges $5 per vehicle to use their access/take-out point.
May 16 2012 (1599 days ago)
x (1)
Does anyone know the name of outfitter at the Hwy 59 Bridge in Arkansas? it's "Arkansas 59 Canoeing
and Rafting" The land owner that used to be a problem has moved. Look for a white water play park
in the coming years.


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