Hogan's Creek, Arkansas, US
Highway 92 to Cove Creek (4.5 miles) (Upper Cove Creek)
||II-III (for normal flows)
Hugging Roberts Mountain, this creek offers some of the most delightful whitewater paddling in
central Arkansas. What starts as a charming little creek ends up offering nearly a mile of
continuous Class II-III paddling as it reaches Cove Creek.
From the put-in at the NE corner of the Highway 92 bridge you'll find a pleasant but twisting
little creek that heads straight south into the face of Roberts Mountain where (at 0.25 mi.) it
will meet up with Buck Branch and double in volume. From here the creek will provide you with a
couple of shoals, a few playwaves and a just enough strainers to keep you on your toes, one or
two which may require you to portage. The creek will offer up increasingly demanding obstacles --
tight turns, cross eddies, and mini-boulder gardens until you reach Drop One -- a
straightforward steep little drop that offers you a nice horizon line as it drops 4-6 feet in
just a couple of boat lengths. As the creek breaks out from Roberts Mountain the gradient picks
up offers an array of Class II-III shoals -- Neat Ledge, Big Tree, Drop Two and the
Boulder Run -- one of the longest Class II-III shoals in central Arkansas. It's mucho
exilerating! Plan on having a bunch of fun.
Beware! The creek is prone to tree fall. If you are new to the creek, any of the shoals that
disappear around a bend you may want to scout rather than confront a menancing and unexpected
obstacle. Also, at the take-out, be very careful: at lower levels you might be able to pass under
the bridge but at higher levels take out river right above the low water bridge -- do not risk
getting trapped under the bridge or in any of the strainers just upstream of the bridge.
If you're up to one last little bit of play, at the take out there are a couple of very nice
waves and a short Class III shoals where Pine Creek breaks through an old low water bridge and
cascades into Hogans Creek joining together to form Cove Creek.
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Last Updated: 2009-01-24 14:51:21