Bobtail Creek, Arkansas, US
(hike in) FS 1219A to Richland Creek (2.75 miles)
||III-IV+ (for normal flows)
Bobtail CreekPhoto of Shelby Johnson by Lance Jones
Creek may be significantly different after the March 08 flood.
Note: The combination of Steep banks and lots of deadfalls tend to clog the
creek with wood from time to time, so keep look out.
Put-in: Take Richland Creek Road East from Falling Water Creek below the low
water bridge toward Hwy 16 at Witts Spring. Turn (North) on Bobtail Trail Road for 3 miles. Park
at this point on an 4-WD road that descends a hill to the right (East). If conditions are good or
you want an adventure you may be able to drive the 0.7 mile down to the creek on this road,
otherwise carry. If you miss this road, go to the end of 1219A and turn around, come back 0.7
Take-out: Option 1 is to carry along the ATV trail from the confluence with
Richland Creek back upstream to the Campground (1-mile). Option 2 is to run the remaining 7.5
miles of Lower Richland. (makes
for long shuttle)
It contains about ten significant rapids and lots of class II-IV action in between. For the first
0.75 miles, the creek is shallow and fast class II-III with willows, a good place to warm up.
This section is also prone to downed trees. Be on the lookout for a sweeping bend to the left
terminating in a tight slot, the beginning of the good stuff. The 'Opening Act' is a
first series of drops from Zorro to just above the Little Bobtail confluence. The drops are back
to back and contain fairly tight moves. The action calms for a short while when Little and Short
Bobtail creeks enter on the right. But soon this 'Intermission' is over and the
'Feature Presentation' is ready to demand your attention.
Paddlers should be confident running all rapids on upper Richland before trying this run.
Gradient by mile (100, 160, 70 in .7 miles). Steepest mile at 170 ft/mile.
If the water level good, then you might want the bonus put-in. After completing the main downhill
portion of the put-in trail, it turns left and flattens for a bit. At the turn, continue downhill
through the woods to the confluence of two small streams in what looks like a bobsled run. At the
end of the slide is a narrow pinch leading to a steep 15+ ft tall slide. A couple more drops and
bump down to the main creek.
Note: The flume above the slide is prone to collect wood, so scout before
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Last Updated: 2018-02-23 04:33:52