Mulberry, Arkansas, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||11 fpm|
|Mulberry River near Mulberry. AR|
|usgs-07252000||1.50 - 6.00 ft||I-II||00h29m||6.9 ft (too high)|
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|8.5||C turn below Hamm's|
|10.0||Campbell's Cemetery Rapid|
Play spots are on the river right channel. Following comments are based on observatons between 2001 and 2007.
Surf waves above the main ledges are optimum fro surfing between 3.0 and 4.0 feet on either the Turner Bend or USGS Gauge.
The feature formed at the bottom ledge can be either wave or a wave/hole depending on the level. The feature tends to be washed out above 3.0 feet and tends to get better at lower levels. Optimum isat levels below 2.5 feet.
River right eddy line can be used for stern squirts and bow stalls at most levels.
A surf wave is often found in the second portion of this left to right turning rapid when the river level is betwen 2.5 and 5.2 feet on the Turner Bend gauge. The position of the best surfing wave changes with water levels, the wave tends to form higher in the rapid at higher flows.
These comments refer to the rapid that begins just above the take-out and continues to just beyond the takeout, and based on observations from 2001-2007.
This can be a park and play spot at high flows.
The waves in upper portion of the wave train are optimum between 3 and 4 feet on either the Turner Bend or USGS gauges and are wshed out above 4.2 feet. Several surf waves will exist at optimum levels. Bow stalls are possible on these waves. At lower levels (2.2 to 3.0 feet) a small wave exists at the top of the wave train that can be an excellent spot for learning to front surf.
There are surfable waves in the lower portion of this rapid just adjacent to the takeout ledge at water levels between 3.2 and 6.0 feet. At lower range, the best wave tends to form just above the takeout ledge on river left. As the flow increases a surf wave tends to form just along the river right eddy.