Saline, North Fork - Steel Bridge Road to Lyle Park (6.36 miles)

Saline, North Fork, Arkansas, US


Steel Bridge Road to Lyle Park (6.36 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 6.36 Miles
Avg. Gradient 7 fpm
Max Gradient 7 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Saline River at Benton, AR
usgs-07363000 100 - 2000 cfs I-II 00h34m 617 cfs (running)
Best flow levels are uncertain. Help us out! Add a comment or report! Gauge (550 sq.mi. drainage) is just downstream of take-out, thus should very accurately reflect flow in this reach.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-01-26 10:04:47

Rapid Descriptions

icon of message No rapids entered. If you know names, and locations of the rapids please contact and advise the StreamTeam member for this run.

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
June 23 2017 (512 days ago)
Calvin DoodyDetails
Our group of three kayaks paddled the North Fork on 6/7/17 when the Benton gauge was about 4.7 at
start time of about 10:30 AM. Since the river, at various places, was almost too shallow to run, I
would suggest that a gauge reading of about 4.5 be the minimum to start a paddling trip from Steel
Bridge. The trip to Lyle Park in Benton, AR took about 3 hr 20 min which included lunch time. There
were many trees down in the river and some of them blocked a large portion of the river. Tight
maneuvering was necessary frequently. In two places downed trees were strainers that blocked the
entire path, so short portages were required. Interesting stretch of river with significant
challenges for intermediate paddlers. Trees close to the shoreline provide a canopy over much of
the river. Bug spray was not used, but will be used on the next trip on this river.

Do more than just check gauges; join over 5,000 AW members today.

Or, consider donating