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Difficulty I-II
Length 5.1 Miles
Gauge Illinois River South of Siloam Springs, AR
Flow Range 2.50 - 6.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 13 hours ago 6.05 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 02/21/2014 2:33 pm

River Description

Nice slow class I float with an occasional Class II riffle. Many places to access although it flows through private land for much of the way.

Do not confuse the takeout with Oklahoma Hwy 59 as it will make the trip much much longer through the remnants of Lake Francis!

About halfway, the creek crosses under Fisher Ford Road and drops over a bedrock shoal known as 'Fisher Ford'.  In 2014, enhancements are being completed to create the city of Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreational Park. This is a nice class II playspot that offers something to surf at most flows, even in the summer.

Can be combined with upstream sections for longer trips.

Rapid Descriptions

Fisher Ford

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Some re-engineering at this location has created a couple of really good playable features. Good access now allows park-and-play here.


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Larry Epperson
3 years ago

We floated from Chambers Springs Public Access to Arkansas Highway 59 a couple of weeks ago. Took about 5 hours. Probably about 9 or 10 miles. Long, slow pools connected by riffles. Chambers Springs is easy access on a dirt road about a 1/2 mile off Highway 412 behind a permanent fireworks business. Lots of parking on a dirt lot. Easy unload/access to river. Only ran into one slight obstacle - a tree down - but was relatively easy to cross over. There are 3 drops at the Siloam Springs Kayak Park in the space of about 100 yards, along with a swimming pool area. Lot's of people playing in the water and in tubes. The drops were interesting. Wish they had a way to get kayaks back up without having to drag them :) Lot's of paved parking, port-a-potties, concrete walkways, and even a small climbing wall. Arkansas 59 Canoeing & Rafting charges $5 per vehicle to use their access/take-out point.

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7 years ago

Does anyone know the name of outfitter at the Hwy 59 Bridge in Arkansas? it's "Arkansas 59 Canoeing and Rafting" The land owner that used to be a problem has moved. Look for a white water play park in the coming years.

Gage Descriptions

Large watershed which keeps the river running at low levels most of the year, thanks to many springs and wastewater effluent from most of NW Arkansas.


Directions Description

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