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Difficulty II-IV
Length 8.5 Miles
Gauge Richland Creek near Witts Spring, AR
Flow Range 6.00 - 12.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 43 minutes ago 0.95 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 08/06/2010 5:25 pm

River Description

Note: Jan. 2009 ice storm deposited lots of wood in the creek, creek is currently most likely unrunnable. The combination of Steep banks and lots of dead red oak trees (thanks to the borer beetle infestation) tend to clog the creek with wood from time to time, so keep look out.

Put-in elevation is approximately 1507'.
Take-out elevation is approximately 863'.
Thus total elevation change is approximately 644'.

2.15 Miles on the Left Hand Prong and then 6.35 miles on the North Fork Illinois Bayou to the Victor Road bridge. (Note: Gradient figures cited at top of description are just for LHP. The overall run will be 76 FFM average.)

The creek starts out small until joining with the Right Hand Prong and Cedar Creek. Most drops are tight continuous class II-III in nature but a few IVs are scattered in for good measure. Scenery is excellent!

More info and photos at
Left Hand Prong, Lance's Whitewater Page
Ozark Whitewater Page

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Look for 2" or more rain within the last 6 to 12 hours.

Richland Creek headwaters are just across Hwy 16 to the North, so the gauge is a decent indicator.


Directions Description


AR-16 E (put-in hike down)
1.Head west on AR-16 W toward Co Rd 1809/Sulphur Rd
1.5 mi
2.Turn left at AR-7 S
6.5 mi
3.Turn left at Co Rd 1000/Victor Rd
4.1 mi
4.Turn left to stay on Co Rd 1000/Victor Rd
0.5 mi
Co Rd 1000/Victor Rd (take-out)


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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1193052 01/25/09 Lance Jones n/a
1196841 12/08/09 Lance Jones
1198020 08/06/10 Lance Jones