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Difficulty I-II
Length 29 Miles
Gauge Caddo River near Caddo Gap, AR
Flow Range 50 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 42 minutes ago 149 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 01/22/2009 7:06 pm

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.


Rapid Descriptions


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Addison McCarver
1 year ago

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.

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David McDonald
12 years ago

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.

Gage Descriptions

Newly activated gauge. Located at Caddo Gap above the confluence with the South Fork Caddo.

Minimum and maximum are estimates.   

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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