Osage Creek - Compton to Carroll County Road 11 (6 miles)

Osage Creek, Arkansas, US


Compton to Carroll County Road 11 (6 miles)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 80 fpm
Max Gradient 130 fpm

Magic Mushroom

Magic Mushroom
Photo of Kevin Fendley by Bill Herring @ good

River Description

NOTE: Jan. 2009 ice storm deposited lots of wood in the creek, creek is currently most likely unrunnable.


This is a great Ozark creek, lots of great scenery and tight drops. Creek runs through private land, please thank any landowners you see. Please do not block the roads or driveways at the put-in. The current landowners on the downstream side of the put-in bridge are very friendly, please respect thier beautiful home.

Put-in: Go North on Hwy 43 for 4.8 miles from the intersection of Hwy 103 near Compton. Turn left (Northeast) on a dirt road and follow for 2/3 miles to the bridge over the creek. Osage Creek and Wolf Branch join just above the bridge and there is a 6-ft waterfall just below the bridge.

Take-out: Go across the bridge and turn right (North). Go 2.2 miles and turn right (North) at the tee. Go 3.3 miles and turn right at the bottom of the big hill. Go upstream for 1.1 miles to the bridge.

More info at:

Osage Creek, Ozark Whitewater Page

More photos at:

Osage Photo Page

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-08-06 17:27:44


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.1Starting GunIIIWaterfall
0.1Old Mill FallsIII+Waterfall
0.8Magic MushroomIV

Rapid Descriptions

Starting Gun (Class III, Mile 0.1)

7-ft waterfall to start the day.

Old Mill Falls (Class III+, Mile 0.1)

Another 'waterfall' over an old dam.  Next to the put-in house.


Bottleneck (Class IV, Mile 0.3)

Water funnels into a hole with some trash rocks lurking around.

Howler (Class IV+, Mile 0.5)

Trashy rapid with multiple pin potential in the bottom part of the rapid.

Magic Mushroom (Class IV, Mile 0.8)

A boulder entrance to a sluice/slide past a large pedestal mushroom rock.  A very unique feature on any creek.


Switchback (Class IV, Mile 1.4)

As the name implies, a 'S' turn rapid with some powerful crosscurrents.


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