Little Red, South Fork, Arkansas, US
|Usual Difficulty||II+(III) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||68 fpm|
|Max Gradient||100 fpm|
|South Fork of Little Red River at Clinton, AR|
|usgs-07075300||6.50 - 12.00 ft||II+(III)||01h29m||4.81 ft (too low)|
Per Chester Robinson:
Put-in: On Hwy 16 after going through Alread and Rupert, turn left onto Anchor Rd. just pass the Pleasant Grove Church. When Anchor Rd. T's turn right onto Brock Rd., and when Brock splits go right and then onto Moonlight Rd. 2WD's can park up on the hill and drag down. 4WD's can continue down the hill on a woods road to a lower parking area, and then put in on the river at a 4 wheeler crossing at the convergence of two small forks.
Take-out: National Forest Road 1342 crossing below Koone Hollow. Or use a longer shuttle and access from the South on Slick Rock Road (FSR 1307. This road has recently been improved and offers better access for vehicles.
This starts off with lots of rock bumping action and is mostly low volume at first, narrow, with technical rapids. It has very few pools, and is only suitable for boaters with good boat control. Depending on level, one rapid may be a Class III. About 2 miles down you enter a logged area and strainers may be present. At around mile 4, Wilson creek enters from river left and the river picks up speed. About mile 8, hunters have placed a wire cable (N 35 33.725 W092 44.738) across the creek above Koone Hollow, probably in order to walk across the river during hunting season.
Signs of older downed cables were also present and should be watched for in this area. The cables we last encountered were about 12" above our heads. A warning sign has been placed on a tree upstream from the cable, and the cable has also been painted.
Some exploration photos are posted here.