Salado Creek - Camp Tahkotah to US 167 (10 miles)


Salado Creek, Arkansas, US

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Camp Tahkotah to US 167 (10 miles)

Usual Difficulty II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 10 Miles
Avg. Gradient 19 fpm
Max Gradient 20 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Middle Fork of Little Red River at Shirley, AR
usgs-07075000 8.00 - 12.00 ft II(III) 00h21m 9.78 ft (running)
Likely low-to-moderate flows. Reference gauge (M.Fk.Red, 302 sq.mi.drainage) is WAY downstream, thus will not always reflect conditions for this reach, but should provide some indication.


River Description

Per Tom Kaylor:

This is a very scenic stream, it's hard to catch without a reliable internet gauge. A good place to take aggressive beginners if they have basic eddy hopping-ferrying skills and have a roll.

Many high rock bluffs, 90 degree turns and mostly class II stuff. Some places are no more than 10' wide and there is one dog leg turn that Tom Kennon rated as a Class III (not compared to class III on the Ocoee though).

It's very remote and walking out may be difficult. Watch for downed trees around the bends. A heron rookery on the left about midway and some huge boulders is good place for a lunch stop.

About 2 miles below the put-in is a Girl Scout camp that anyone having problems can get out. Beyond that, there is no convenient way to make this run any shorter so be sure all paddlers can handle 10 miles.

This is actually the closest real whitewater to Memphis (115 miles) You will have to rely on posts on the Arkansas Canoe Club message board for level info.


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Detail Trip Report  Gauge  @Salado Creek Camp Tahkotah to US 167 (10 miles), AR(138.77KB .jpeg)

Wave Train

Detail Trip Report  Wave Train  @Salado Creek Camp Tahkotah to US 167 (10 miles), AR(144.10KB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

There is no online USGS gauge on this stream. For a reference gauge, we are using Little Red Middle Fork at Shirley. Keep in mind this may give false reads (show 'runnable' when not, show 'not runnable' when it is runnable).

Tom Kaylor offered (2007-04-16):
Use the following USGS gauges as estimation for the Salado.
Middle Fork of the Little Red at Shirley 8.0' Little Red at Judsonia 8.5' Strawberry at Poughkeepsie 3.5'
Try 8.4'-9.6' at MFLR @ Shirley + rain near Pleasant Plains for a good level.
Keep in mind that "leaf on" season will soak up water (therefore need more rain for runnable levels).

No online gauge. Look for recent 1+ inch rain in the area. Visual inspection at Hwy 167 bridge South of Batesville.

Look at the number of stones/blocks showing on the old bridge support.

10.5 stones is pretty boney

8-10 stones is good II+ fun

<8 stones getting high.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Middle Fork of Little Red River at Shirley, AR
usgs-07075000 8.00 - 12.00 ft II(III) 00h21m 9.78 ft (running)
Likely low-to-moderate flows.
Reference gauge (M.Fk.Red, 302 sq.mi.drainage) is WAY downstream, thus will not always reflect conditions for this reach, but should provide some indication.
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0.00 -8.00 ft extremely Low-barely Low II(III) Likely too low for good whitewater.
8.00 -10.00 ft barely runnable-perfect runnable II(III) Likely low-to-moderate flows.
10.00 -12.00 ft perfect runnable-high runnable II(III) Likely moderate-to-high flows.
12.00 -15.00 ft somewhat High-somewhat High II(III) Likely unusually high.
15.00 -40.00 ft somewhat High-extremely High II(III) Likely in flood. Extreme caution urged.

Report - Reports of Salado Creek Camp Tahkotah to US 167 (10 miles) and related gauges

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Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
8y313d06h21m @Salado Creek Camp Tahkotah to US 167 (10 miles) [AR] Salado River n/a Sharon Hailey

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April 16 2007 (4141 days ago)
tom kaylorDetails
Use USGS gauges for the Salado. Minimum levels but rising should yield 10.5 stones or higher.
Middle Fork of the Little Red at Shirley 8.0' Little Red at Judsonia 8.5' Strawberry at
Poughkeepsie 3.5' Try 8.4'-9.6' at MFLR @ Shirley + rain near Pleasant Plains for a good level.
Keep in mind that "leaf on" season will soak up water quick.

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