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Difficulty II-III+
Length 3.4 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 04/24/2008 9:25 am

River Description


Buck Creek is is a long creek with a large watershed, so will run for a few days after a big rain event. There’s little gradient, and no whitewater, until it approaches the put-in listed here. The run is short, just over three miles, but it’s pretty much non-stop right from the put-in. At lower levels, you’ll find yourself maneuvering to pick your route through the shoals, and at high water, you’ll find a lot of energy in the big pushy waves.

Most of the run is characterized by almost continuous, steepish shoal-type rapids.

Buck is a fun run. It has a shuttle length of about eight miles one-way; with less than three miles of that on dirt roads.  After making this run you just might find yourself at the takeout wondering "Is this really Oklahoma?"


Access: Like the other runs in the area, Buck runs near and through private land and has quite a few residences near the creek and its access points. Please be friendly and respectful of the land and local residents.

Take-out:
(34.347567/95.650235) From the intersection of Hwy's 2&3 just east of Antlers, go about 7.3 miles north on 2 'till you see the Buck Creek Bridge. Just south of the bridge , take the dirt road to the west that runs upstream along the creek. Go about 7/10ths of a mile, and just before the road crosses a small low-water bridge, there’s a park-like area on the right with a gravel circle drive.

Private Land!
At this writing, it is okay to park here, but please check in with Mr. Duncan, the landowner who lives in the wood house across the low-water bridge at the takeout (upon arrival - and before doing anything else), and let him know you’re paddling and want to park there. If he's not there - leave a note! He’s fine with it as long as he knows what you’re up to. Just be sure to keep vehicles on the gravel and don’t drive down to the creek’s edge.Stay on the road or circular gravel drive and all times and off the grass! When boating, just pull in to the mouth of this little creek and carry up to your vehicle. One other thing, and it's a really big thing to the landowner. If you feel like "popping a top" at the end of the run, make sure you're off this land before you do it. If he sees anyone drinking on his land, it might be the last time we get to use it. Be especially courteous and respectful here.

Put-in:
(34.368675/95.674100) From the take-out, go back to Highway 2, turn left and go just under a mile and turn left toward the Kiamichi Wilderness community on Murell Loop Rd. Road forks a little ways up; bear left and stay on the asphalt road. (WW II AT-6 Monument Signs point the way) Stay on this road until the pavement ends (5.3 miles from highway). From here, the road turns to dirt. Stay on this for a little over a mile and a half. After crossing a low-water bridge, continue up the hill to the volunteer fire department building and turn left on Buck Creek Road immediately past the firehouse. Turn left again at the T and follow the road down to the creek. You’ll want a good clearance vehicle and/or 4WD to get down the hill, or find a place to park higher up and carry your boat down. Again, be respectful of the locals, and ask permission where appropriate. Special thanks to Randy Jackson for checking everything out and providing the beta for this run. 

 

Please Note: The putin location listed here is on private land as well. The property owner has been good enough to allow us to access the creek at this location. Try to park with the little turn out next to the creek there, if possible (if it's not too wet.) Please be aware that these roads are used to access private homes and don't block them at any time. Also, the entire Kiamichi Wilderness subdivision is private land and all the roads that run through it are private as well; maintained by the Kiamichi Wilderness Homeowner's Association. Keep your speed to the posted limit, (20 - 30mph, I think) and show lots of respect when meeting vehicles on the road and when passing homes. Access here is definitely a privilege and not a right. Make sure you don't leave any trash laying around and it's never a bad idea to pick up any that may have been left by others. "LNT" Although most kayakers don't even need to be told these things - we can't  stress the importance of this enough. Kayaking is a new thing to this area, and we definitely want to make the best impression possible on the folks who live around here. Continued access depends upon it.

Rapid Descriptions

Dodge City

Class - II+ Mile - 0.1
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Long shoal with lots of rocks.

 

Open the gate, let 'er buck. No warm up here. From the very start the ride is fast and rocky. At high levels be prepared for some big waves and a good bit of rock - dodging. At lower levels get ready for a whole lot of rock dodging. River narrows toward the end of the shoal giving way to a runout rapid with a nice wave train.

Ziggety Zig

Class - III Mile - 1.5
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Creek drops steeply to the left, then makes a hard right. Look for a surf wave at medium - lower levels, and some really big standing waves at higher flows. From the beginning of this rapid through Standing Rock, the creek forms a horseshoe bend that drops sharply for about three quarters of a mile. Lots of power, energy and big waves through here at higher flows; hang on for a buckin' good time.

Zaggety Zag

Class - II+ Mile - 1.75
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Look for a house sitting right at the creek's edge on river right. Creek drops to the right, then hooks a quick left; where another small stream comes from behind the house. Water pushes toward a large boulder here.

 

Rok Shoks

Class - III Mile - 2.1
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Boulders with small drops in between. Just around the bend from Zaggety-Zag, water pushes hard toward a big rock on river left. Wind through these and start looking for some huge boulders (Standing Rock) just beyond a short pool.

Standing Rock

Class - III+ Mile - 2.2
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Just beyond Rok Shoks, you'll see some large house-sized boulders on river left. Use plenty of caution here, and stay away from the large house sized boulders on the left as the slots tend to collect a lot of wood at times. At high and low flows, and on first runs; bank scouting from river right is advised due to the large number of big rocks in this area, and clear lines being difficult to see from the boat. In fact, there really is no really clean line through this rapid except at high water, and even then I really don't think you could call it a clean line. Penalties could be pretty severe if you get upside down in at any time on the middle "line" of this rapid (8-10' boulder drop.)  At medium to high water you can sneak this one on river right with a little maneuvering; and a portage is probably going to be necessary  at lower levels. Just beyond this rapid hook a quick left to avoid getting hemmed up in the brush.

Easy Money

Class - II Mile - 2.5
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Long bouncy rapid with nice waves, several fun class II's beyond this one with the last class II rapid being immediately above the takeout.

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10 years ago

My name is Stephen Henley and I own the land just above the put in with the red gate. Since I too am a boater, kayakers are welcome to park in front of my gate and camp on my place if they wish. All I ask is that you give me a call first in case I need the gateway to be clear for access to my property. If I am there, please stop by to say hi. My # 214-505-5461. ~Stephen

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Gage Descriptions

Runnable only after recent heavy rains. Look for about a 1.5"+ rainfall in the area.
(Kiamichi River at Antlers, OK)

Visually check the creek by driving about a half-mile up the takeout road south of Buck Creek, as the Kiamichi can back up into Buck right there at the bridge. Start looking to right about a half-mile up this road.


Directions Description


Like the other runs in the area, Buck runs near and through private land and has quite a few residences near the creek and its access points. Please be friendly and respectful of the land and local residents.

Take-out:
(34.347567, -95.650235) From the intersection of Hwy's 2&3 just east of Antlers, go about 7.3 miles north on 2 until you see the Buck Creek Bridge. Just south of the bridge , take the dirt road to the west that runs upstream along the creek. Go about 7/10ths of a mile, and just before the road crosses a small low-water bridge, there's a park-like area on the right with a gravel circle drive.

Private Land!
At this writing, it is okay to park here, but please check in with Mr. Duncan, the landowner who lives in the wood house across the low-water bridge at the takeout (upon arrival - and before doing anything else), and let him know you're paddling and want to park there. If he's not there - leave a note! He's fine with it as long as he knows what you're up to. Just be sure to keep vehicles on the gravel and don't drive down to the creek edge. Stay on the road or gravel drive and all times and off the grass! When boating, just pull in to the mouth of this little creek and carry up to your vehicle. One other thing, and it's a really big thing to the landowner. If you feel like "popping a top" at the end of the run, make sure you're off this land before you do it. If he sees anyone drinking on his land, it might be the last time we get to use it. Be especially courteous and respectful here.

Put-in:
(34.368675, -95.674100) From the take-out, go back to Highway 2, turn left and go just under a mile and turn left toward the Kiamichi Wilderness community on Murell Loop Rd. Road forks a little ways up; bear left and stay on the asphalt road. (WW II AT-6 Monument Signs point the way) Stay on this road until the pavement ends (5.3 miles from highway). From here, the road turns to dirt. Stay on this for a little over a mile and a half. After crossing a low-water bridge, continue up the hill to the volunteer fire department building and turn left on Buck Creek Road immediately past the firehouse. Turn left again at the T and follow the road down to the creek. You'll want a good clearance vehicle and/or 4WD to get down the hill, or find a place to park higher up and carry your boat down.

 

Please Note: The putin location listed here is on private land as well. The property owner has been gracious enough to allow us to access the creek at this location. Try to park with the little turn out next to the creek there, if possible (if it's not too wet.) Please be aware that these roads are used to access private homes and don't block them at any time. Also, the entire Kiamichi Wilderness subdivision is private land and all the roads that run through it are private as well. Keep your speed to the posted limit, (20mph, I think) and show lots of respect when meeting vehicles on the road and when passing homes. Access here is definitely a privilege and not a right. Make sure you don't leave any trash laying around and it's never a bad idea to pick up any that may have been left by others. "LNT"

 

Most boaters probably don't even need to be told these things - but we do feel the need to stress it in writing here as much as possible. Kayaking is a new thing to this area, and we definitely want to make the best impression possible on the folks who live around here. Continued access depends on it.

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