Little Red, Middle Fork - Lydalusk to Shirley (10.2 miles)


Little Red, Middle Fork, Arkansas, US

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Lydalusk to Shirley (10.2 miles)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 10.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 10 fpm
Max Gradient 10 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Middle Fork of Little Red River at Shirley, AR
usgs-07075000 500 - 5000 cfs II-III 00h48m 19.5 cfs (too low)
Extremely low. May be possible to float, but no real whitewater. Gauge (302 sq.mi.) lies a couple miles downstream of take-out, so should be fairly accurate for flows in this reach.


River Description

Quick Facts:
Location: NorthCentral AR, approximately 62 miles North from Little Rock.
Shuttle Length: 9.3 miles. (See details in "Directions" Tab.)

Put-in elevation is approximately 610'.
Take-out elevation is approximately 510'.
Thus total elevation change is approximately 100'.

Information (lat, lng, elev, total drop, run length, shuttle length) adjusted and/or verified from best manual extrapolation of online data (via maps.google.com, distance measuring tool, and other resources). 2009.02.03

A road (on river-right) parallels most of the run, so shorter trips (or emergency access) may be possible. Longer trips (starting futher upstream) are also possible.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-02-03 08:29:59

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Gauge Information

We have no additional information about how various flows affect runnability (or playability) of this section of river. If you can provide additional information, please either directly contact the StreamTeam member for this reach, or add a 'comment' or a 'report' with your information to help out your fellow boaters.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Middle Fork of Little Red River at Shirley, AR
usgs-07075000 500 - 5000 cfs II-III 00h48m 19.5 cfs (too low)
Extremely low. May be possible to float, but no real whitewater.
Gauge (302 sq.mi.) lies a couple miles downstream of take-out, so should be fairly accurate for flows in this reach.
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 120 cfs extremely Low-somewhat Low II-III Extremely low. May be possible to float, but no real whitewater.
120 - 500 cfs somewhat Low-barely Low II-III Likely too low for enjoyable whitewater. (WE NEED YOUR INPUT TO REFINE BOATABLE RANGES! Add a comment or report.)
500 -1000 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II-III Possibly low/boatable flows? (WE NEED YOUR INPUT TO REFINE BOATABLE RANGES! Add a comment or report.)
1000 -3000 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II-III Possibly good (moderate) flows? (WE NEED YOUR INPUT TO REFINE BOATABLE RANGES! Add a comment or report.)
3000 -5000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable II-III Possibly high boatable flows? (WE NEED YOUR INPUT TO REFINE BOATABLE RANGES! Add a comment or report.)
5000 -50000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High II-III Unusually high flows; River is in flood; Caution is urged.
50000 - unknown cfs somewhat High-extremely High II-III (Near) Record flows; Utmost caution; NOT recommended to boat.

Report - Reports of Little Red, Middle Fork Lydalusk to Shirley (10.2 miles) and related gauges

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User Comments

Users can submit comments.
June 9 2015 (1163 days ago)
drew_alpha (157446)
My friend and I usually make it to this river every year and there are actually three or four
different runs of varying difficulty. There are put-ins at Elba, Arlburg, and Lute Mtn Rd. which
will give you great runs of varying lengths all the way to the Hwy 9/16 bridge in Shirley. The best
water is between Arlburg the Shirley Train bridge (local landmark). From hard experience, we have
discovered this river is best between 8.2 and 8.5 feet. This year, we started in Arlburg, Wednesday
(6/2/2015) at 10:15 AM and the water was at 8.2 feet. We exited about 6:15 pm and the water
measured 8.0 feet. We agreed, however, it was easily the best run we've had on the river in a few
years. Several fun chutes, and fast water that gave us a nice challenging float between several
long pools. The fourth run on this river is, from the Shirley bridge down to Greers Ferry Lake -
take out at Sandiff point - this is Class I-II and fun enough for introducing kids to canoeing or
kayaking. No matter which run you choose, the land on both sides of the river are private property,
so take caution when stopping and be sure to get permission from land owners for camping. Most
people will remain friendly enough if you respect their property and pack out your trash.
April 5 2002 (5976 days ago)
Wendy PattonDetails
Recommended Floating Levels:
Low-8.5 Mid-9.0(?) High-11(?)

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0.0Marked rapids
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