Rock Creek, Arkansas, US
Chenal Parkway to Boyle Park (7.2 miles)
||II+ (for normal flows)
Boyle ParkPhoto by Jack Zwaan taken 04/17/05 @ ???
This is an urban creek running through west/southwest portions of Little Rock. Water Quality
leaves much to be desired. Watch for crossing pipelines and bridges. Stream is extremely flashy
as is rises and falls rapidly after heavy rains.
Several places to access the creek for short or long runs.
Thanks to John Svendsen for the following info:
From One Source Lumber on Chenal Parkway, it becomes a "head-duckin' slalom course" as
you approach Pride Valley road.
We call the area below the Beaver Pond to Bowman Curve the "Enchanted Hobo Forest" due
to the number of hobo camps hidden amongst the trees
From Bowman Curve the trip changes its character. Go under the bridge left channel (surprising
how many of 'em work better to the left). Wave to the passing cars stopped on Markham and go
under Markham Street.
At Shackleford Road, slip under the bridge on the second channel from the left, slipping between
two large rocks as you drop out from under the bridge. Warning: If you take the middle
channel you will hit a boulder field and have a very good likelihood of swimming to the amusement
of hundreds of commuters.
From there comes the best part of the trip as the gradiant picks up even more. It starts with the
I-430 tunnel -- we're talkin' long and dark. Again think the left channels (2nd from left is the
Warning: As it opens back up at Arkansas Sports Clinic, keep eye open for a large water
pipe crossing the creek soon thereafter -- usually you'll have to portage. After you go under
I-630 get ready again -- streamwide water pipe at "clothesline level".
If you exit at Kanis Park do so on river left just above the ford -- there is usually a river
wide keeper below the ford. From Kanis Park to the bridge at Boyle Park there is only one
remaining feature to mention and thats the "dam" that was built in the park -- low
water, skirt the channel on river right, high water -- go right over into the meat of it.
Take out on river right or river left above the bridge. Note: Do not attempt to run under this
bridge -- entrapment is a very real possibility.
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Last Updated: 2009-02-26 15:28:59