Baker Creek - Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser Road 52200 (3 miles)


Baker Creek, Arkansas, US

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Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser Road 52200 (3 miles)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 50 fpm
Max Gradient 70 fpm

Baker Creek Falls


Baker Creek Falls
Photo of Lance Jones taken 12/31/99

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Cossatot River near Vandervoort, AR
usgs-07340300 5.00 - 10.00 ft III-IV 00h18m 2.05 ft (too low)


River Description

Take-out: Main one is on Weyerhauser road 52200, the first road to the left East of the Hwy 278 bridge over Baker Creek. Take-out at Hwy 278 is possible, but parking is very limited.

 

Put-in: Reached by continuing across the low-water bridge at the take-out and follow the signs to the Ed-Banks Access for the Cossatot. If low-water bridge is not crossable, return to Hwy and take first road West of the Hwy 278 bridge over Baker Creek. Once reaching the intersection for Ed Banks access to the left (West) and Hwy 246 straight ahead (North), There will be a gated road to the right (East). State Park Ranger reportedly will unlock the gate on days the Cossatot is above 5 ft. This is timber land leased to two different hunting clubs. The Park Ranger is working with the paddlers, timber company and hunting clubs to help open the access more regularly. Hopefully a better system will be worked out soon.

 

Optional put-in for higher water if gate is locked is from Hwy 246. Water needs to be over the take-out bridge for this option. First half mile will be small and brushy until several tributaries add to the volume. This adds another 3.7 miles to the run. Several good fun class III drops in this section of continuous rock gardens and ledges.

 

The main rapids are in the first mile below the main put-in.

A couple short steep rock-jumble rapids lead into the first big drop below the main put-in bridge. The creek makes a sharp right hand bend as a small cascade enters on the left.  Scout/portage on the right. Watch the hydraulic at the bottom of the big drop at high water levels, it has nearly killed on some high water runs. At optimum levels, aim for the launching pad for a sweet boof. Watch for piton rocks at lower levels.

Several more steep/tight class III/IV rapids follow in quick succession. Pins can be common at lower levels and sticky holes are the norm at higher levels. These consist of tight rock jumbles and small ledges, including a 6-ft ledge requiring a good boof.

The creek tames below here, but still offers good class II/III rapids and several nice surf holes.

Watch out for one especially stickly ledge hole about half-way down.

If you're not quite ready for Baker Creek, check out other runs in the area when the Cossatot is running big. Camp/Flat Creek, Brushy Creek, Upper Cossatot, Little Missouri.


 

 


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Last Updated: 2014-04-07 15:30:07

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Baker Creek

Detail Trip Report  Baker Creek  Baker Creek, AR(60.38KB .jpeg)

Baker Creek Falls

Detail Trip Report  Baker Creek Falls  Baker Creek, AR(15.24KB .jpeg)

1st drop

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1st ledge

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Falls

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Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

Usually running when Cossatot is big. Visual gauge is the low-water bridge at take-out on Weyerhauser road 52200. 18" of airspace is bare bones minimum, 0" is good, >2' over is pushy.

 

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Cossatot River near Vandervoort, AR
usgs-07340300 5.00 - 10.00 ft III-IV 00h18m 2.05 ft (too low)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
5.00 -10.00 ft barely runnable-high runnable III-IV

Report - Reports of Baker Creek Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser Road 52200 (3 miles) and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
baker creek [AR] 1st ledge n/a joe cutrer
Baker CreekEd Banks Road to Weyerhauser Road 52200 (3 miles) [AR] 1st drop medium Robert Hall
Baker Creek [AR] Baker Creek n/a Lance Jones
8y211d01h28m @Baker Creek Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser Road 52200 (3 miles) [AR] Account of 10/30/09 n/a 0
8y211d01h29m @Baker Creek Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser Road 52200 (3 miles) [AR] Account of 10/30/09 n/a 0
8y211d07h41m @Baker Creek Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser Road 52200 (3 miles) [AR] Account of 10/29/09 n/a 0
> 10 years Baker creek [AR] 1st drop medium wreeves
> 10 years Baker Creek [AR] Baker Creek Falls n/a Lance Jones

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.3Baker Creek FallsIII+Waterfall Photo
0.5Second LedgeIII+Waterfall Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Baker Creek Falls (Class III+, Mile 0.3)

Baker Creek Falls

Baker Creek Falls
Photo of Lance Jones taken 12/31/99

Main Drop:  Aim for the launch pad and fly!

 

Beware of the hydraulics at high water levels.  Beware of pitons at low water levels



Second Ledge (Class III+, Mile 0.5)

Baker Creek

Baker Creek
Photo of Lance Jones by Ray Skinner

Main line 1/4 way off right bank.  Alternate line on left with right angle.




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