Richland Creek - 2) Richland Creek Campground to NFR 1201 (8.5 miles)

Richland Creek, Arkansas, US


2) Richland Creek Campground to NFR 1201 (8.5 miles) (Lower)

Usual Difficulty II-III(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 8.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 30 fpm
Max Gradient 35 fpm

Lower Richland

Lower Richland
Photo of Davidbob by Cowper Chadbourn taken Jan, 05 @ 3 ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Richland Creek near Witts Spring, AR
usgs-07055875 2.80 - 5.00 ft II-III(IV) 00h17m 1.94 ft (too low)

River Description


Most of the rapids are in the first half of the run, with some reaching class IV/IV+ at higher levels. At optimal levels, it is a great class III/III+ run with pool/drop rapids. As you near the take-out, you will pass a 20-ft tall bluff on river left as you enter a willow thicket. Stay left as the creek braids around an island. The take-out road is here. Going right will likely mean paddling the extra mile past your vehicle to the FS road 1201 crossing.

Put-in: Reached by continuing East on Hwy 16 from Ben Hur for 1.5 miles and turning onto Upper Falling Water Road (NFS 1205) and following to the NFS Richland Creek Campground. This road will parallel Falling Water Creek most of the way. This can also be reached by taking Falling Water Road farther East off Hwy 16.

Take-out: Reached by continuing across the campground bridge and up the mountain to Dickey Junction. Turn right on Richland Creek Road (NFS 1201). Take-out is located just after descending the hill and passing the impressive bluff line 'Stack Rock'. Park at the intersection of the next road to the right. This road is a short but steep trail to the river. NFS 1201 will cross Richland Creek about a mile past the intersection, but no parking space is available.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-04-03 15:35:39


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Drainage area: ~67.3 sq.mi.N/A

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage area: ~67.3 sq.mi. (Class N/A)

At the listed put-in drainage area is ~67.3 square miles (as calculated by USGS StreamStats 4.2.0 software).

By the listed take-out it has increased to ~103 square miles.

User Comments

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April 2 2008 (3906 days ago)
Lance JonesDetails
Falling Water Road is closed by a large landslide and downed timber about 2 miles below the Falling
Water Creek Bridge. Must access the campground via the north side of the creek.

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