Cadron Creek, Arkansas, US
|Usual Difficulty||I(II) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||3 fpm|
|Max Gradient||5 fpm|
|Cadron Creek near Guy, AR|
|usgs-07261000||2.50 - 6.00 ft||I(II)||01h07m||1.54 ft (too low)|
Above Batesville Mountain the Cadron is a quiet Ozark stream meandering through rolling countryside. Bordered by dense stands of hardwoods and bluffs, there are few signs of civilization. There are frequent ripples and shoals but the rapids are gentle. There are also many nice places to swim and explore waterfalls and rock grottos. This is a very scenic run for those learning to canoe or families with small children. This run also passes the remnants of Hartwick Mill--a large corn grist mill that was washed away in the flood of 1927.
Alternate access may be available at Mill Bridge road.
From the Arkansas Canoe Club Website
New Access to Cadron Creek!
We are very happy to announce that Mr. Johnny Weidower and his family has given permission for paddlers to access Cadron Creek via his property.
This new access point is about 6 river miles upstream of the Hwy 65 AGFC boat ramp.
Here’s what you need to know:
- *From Hwy 65 ramp, take Hwy 65 North to Old Hwy 65 to Pinnacle Springs Rd
- *Follow Pinnacle Springs road over Cadron Creek at the Pinnacle Springs bridge
- *After the bridge, take the THIRD left onto Wolf Branch Rd (Cargile Ln is first left; Passmore Ln is second left, but it is a dirt road and easy to miss).
- *At the third turn onto Wolf Branch you'll see a dilapidated wooden building on the far right corner from where you turn left
- *From Wolf Branch Rd take the first LEFT onto Cadron Lane, about 50 yards past the stop sign.
- *Straight ahead on Cadron Lane you will see a gate.
- *This is an active pasture with cattle, including a bull – IMMEDIATELY CLOSE GATE BEHIND YOU! GATE MUST STAY CLOSED AT ALL TIMES!
- IMPORTANT: Entering the pasture is not without risk; by doing so you become responsible for any damage to your vehicle and gear, and you become responsible for any injury to yourself.
- *The gate opens and closes easily simply by lifting a bar.
- *Please drive slowly and carefully to not unnecessarily add wear or tear to the road (low clearance vehicles may need to use caution!).
- *Be respectful of the cattle, and use caution around the bull (seriously).
- *After you come into the pasture, drive straight along the rough dirt road. This road will lead you all the way to the creek.
- *After you pass through an open fence on the far side of the pasture, there are a couple places where there are forks to the left: always stay straight/to the right - don't go to the left.
- *At the end of the road, please park to the LEFT, away from the picnic table, and park to leave plenty of room for others to come and go.
- The most cars can fit if you park perpendicular to the road on the left side, as if there were pull in parking spaces there.
- ***It might be better to not go down the very last incline...the last incline is much rougher and more likely to deteriorate, especially when using the road after recent rain. Instead...park to the RIGHT in the grassy area and just carry your boat down the last litte incline...it's just an extra 20 yards***
- *There is also a turn off to the LEFT in this same area...make sure you park so that you don't block access to the road to the left in any way.
- *Note that the bank to the river is VERY slick when muddy, so be careful!
- *Please enter gently/avoid seal launches from high on the bank so that we reduce our impact or erosion.
- *If you see the Weidowers while you are using this access, please give them a big smile, a friendly hello and thank you – they are being very generous to let paddlers continue to access this wonderful creek! THANK YOU TO THE WEIDOWERS!
Gate coordinates: N 35.336983 W 92.367133
Parking at the creek: N 35.336954 W 92.377952
If you see ANY trash at the put-in, please do what you can to keep the area clean. If you see anything unusual (like trash, etc.), then please contact either Lupe (Heather Huckeba) or Captain Aleve (Mike Coogan) through the message board to alert us of any issues. Feel free to contact Heather or Mike with any other questions or concerns.
Note that the Arkansas Canoe Club is continuing to work towards establishing a permanent public access upstream of Hwy 65 on Cadron Creek, but this private access will allow paddlers to continue to enjoy this wonderful stretch of water while we continue our search.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|4.5||Mill Bridge Road||N/A|
Alternate access point if needed.