Saline, Middle Fork - Iron Springs to Buffalo Gap Road (1 mile)

Saline, Middle Fork, Arkansas, US


Iron Springs to Buffalo Gap Road (1 mile)

Usual Difficulty II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 70 fpm
Max Gradient 70 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Middle Fork Saline River below Jessieville, AR
usgs-07362641 4.00 - 10.00 ft II(III) 9y349d10h57m 2.14 ft (too low)

River Description

At its minimum levels the (upper) Middle Fork is technical Class II. At higher levels it becomes very fast with few eddies.

Putin is below the rock dam at Iron Springs Recreation Area, located 5 miles north of Jessieville on Highway 7.

During moderately high flows the old Jessieville CCC site can be used as an alternate putin. This lengthens the reach to about 1.2 miles. This is located just north of Iron Springs Recreation Area and on the opposite (east) side of Highway 7.

Takeout is the small bridge on Buffalo Gap Rd. To reach the takeout from Iron Springs, drive south on Highway 7. Take the first road to the right and continue 0.25 miles to the bridge.

Below Buffalo Gap Road there are very serious willow jungles and timber hazards. Some of these are the result of the streambed being split into multiple channels. Paddling below Buffalo Gap Road is not recommended. In a high flood condition it could become extremely dangerous.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-01-26 09:20:36


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August 21 2009 (3434 days ago)
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The gauge was discontinued by USGS in February 2009