A ledge below the dam creates a ledge hole/wave at lower flows (~1500 cfs). Higher flows (>3500 cfs) create a large wave/hole feature.
Lots of fishermen use this area, so be respectful and watch out for hooks, especially if you flush downstream very far.
Large parking lot next to the river and feature as part of the USCOE and State Park recreation area.
Flow based on outflow from Wister Lake controlled by the USCOE.
See the following links:
USCOE Realtime Data for Wister Lake
USCOE Graphical Data for Wister Lake
USGS Gauge for Poteau River near Panama (32 miles downstream)
Permits are not required for this reach.
This is a 'park and play', so ignore the meaningless shuttle directions below. However, you can use the text-entry box to input your home (or other starting location) address or lat/lng coordinates to get drive time, distance, and directions to this location.
If someone gets hurt on a river, or you read about a whitewater-related injury, please report it to
American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
editors will turn multiple witness reports into a single unified accident report.
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