Caddo - Norman to Amity (29 miles)

Caddo, Arkansas, US


Norman to Amity (29 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 29 Miles
Avg. Gradient 8 fpm
Max Gradient 10 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Caddo River near Caddo Gap, AR
usgs-07359610 50 - 1500 cfs I-II 00h39m 157 cfs (running)

River Description

There are many places to access the river between Norman and Glenwood as Hwy 8/27 parallels the river.

River is typically floated in sections, with the most popular being:

Norman to Caddo Gap - 7 to 8 miles

Caddo Gap to Glenwood - 7 to 8 miles

Glenwood to Amity(Hwy 182) - 8.5 miles

Amity(Hwy 182)to Amity(Hwy 84) - 5 miles

Spring fed river and is often floatable at low levels year-round although some dragging may occur in shallow shoals.


If ample water is available, check out the sections above Norman and on the South Fork.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-01-22 19:06:02

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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October 17 2018 (97 days ago)
Addimcc322 (160418)
Paddled halfway from caddo gap to Glenwood at 5.7 ft (~150cfs). Boney and hard to navigate but
there was passage for canoes. Day two was ~4miles to Glenwood then an additional 19 miles to Amity
recreation area on degray headwaters. 500-600cfs (6.7ft). Avg speed of 3-4mph and peaks of 8mph.
Swift water almost all the way down. Drops were frequent, and many wave trains were class 2-2+. At
~15 miles past Glenwood the river drops slight right. Middle channel is a class 3 hole with a
comparable wave train immediately after. Passage on either side of the hole is minimal but it is
safe to run (smiley face hole). However, canoes without airbags won't make the run no matter how
well you hit the line (at this level). I think someone more seasoned than I should re rate this
stretch at these levels. Good WW fun for beginners to intermediate paddlers but it can be difficult
to recover in some of the channels.
June 4 2008 (3884 days ago)
David McDonaldDetails
Not a whole lot of whitewater at most lower levels; but that's not what this river is all about
anyway. Lots of people having a good time, and some really nice scenery. A great river to relax,
laugh, and have a little fun.