Trace Creek, Arkansas, US
NFR 780 to Hwy 7 (3.5 miles)
||II+ (for normal flows)
Conway Meacham at Micro Blockhead
Conway Meacham at Micro BlockheadPhoto of Trace Creek by Robert Gregory taken 03/15/02 @ 12 inches
From Robert Gregory:
Trace Creek winds along Scenic Highway 7 in a fast, twisting, rocky run to its confluence with
Bear Creek. Because Trace is never more than a few hundred yards from the highway it offers many
access opportunities. This reach begins at the NFR 780 crossing. This access road is marked, and
the crossing can be seen from Highway 7.
The first 0.9 miles is very tight with a continuous gradient, but no major drops. After the
confluence with Sugar Creek the water volume increases and the creek opens up. Approximately 0.4
miles below the confluence with Sugar Creek is Trace Falls (II+). This is a 4 ft. ledge
that is best run right of center in low water, but can be run almost anywhere in high water. This
rapid can be easily inspected from Highway 7. It is located 250 yards north of the intersection
of NFR 694 and Highway 7. It is 40 yards west of the highway.
About 0.2 miles above the NFR 45 crossing is Micro Blockhead (II,II+). This rapid consists
of a fast shoal towards river right and a nice hole, followed by a large rock on river right. It
is much like a tiny replica of Blockhead (aka Big Rock) on the South Fourche LaFave, hence the
At water levels above 12 inches it is possible to paddle over the NFR 45 crossing, but beware of
the culverts on far river left. From here it is only a short paddle (0.4 miles) to the confluence
with Bear Creek. About 0.25 miles below the NFR 45 crossing is a sharp turn to river left and the
approach to Logpile Rapid (II), followed by several rocky rapids as the creek empties into
From the confluence with Bear Creek it is 0.9 miles to the access at the Highway 7 bridge, or 2.1
miles to the access at NFR 86.
Check out nearby Bear Creek as well.
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Last Updated: 2009-01-26 16:16:04