Salado Creek, Arkansas, US
Camp Tahkotah to US 167 (10 miles)
||II(III) (for normal flows)
Middle Fork of Little Red River at Shirley, AR
8.00 - 12.00 ft
Likely too low for good whitewater. 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.
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
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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Last Updated: 2010-02-22 16:34:13