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Sprig 2017 Availability For Float Trips

 

**NOTE: Hello everyone! As the season starts to ramp up, we wil be open for floating Tuesdays

and Thursdays through Sunday however you must call ahead and make reservaitons. Thanks!

 

~ Our Float Trips ~

The Caddo River rises in the Ouachita Mountains of Montgomery County in west central Arkansas, most of the time it is a Class I-II moderate whitewater river. Its path runs close to or through Black Springs, Norman, Caddo Gap, Glenwood and Amity on its way to the backwaters of De Gray Lake. The river forms southeast of Mena and west of Norman, then flows in a generally easterly direction into Norman where it turns southeast to Amity, and then back to the east into DeGray Lake. From there, the river flows a few miles down to its confluence with the Ouachita River just east of Caddo Valley and north of Arkadelphia. The total length of the river is about 82 miles including the distance across DeGray Lake, which was formed by the damming the river. It is a typical pool-and-drop river that is gentle enough for novice paddlers, yet with enough whitewater excitement to entertain those who prefer a bumpy ride over flatwater. As with most Arkansas streams, the Caddo River is seasonal, running best from March through June, very low and slow during the summer, and marginal the rest of the year except right after heavy local rainfall. Scenery along the river is excellent, with heavily forsted ridges, rock outcroppings, translucent green water, an abundance of native animal and plantlife, and excellent fishing.


~ Our Tube Trips ~
Collier's Creek to Arrowhead: our most popular tube float. It is almost 3 miles and takes 3-5 hours, depending on stops. It starts at the bridge on Hwy 27 crossing Collier Creek. As you approach the Narrows (Arrowhead), along the west bank (river right), in the area known as Caddo Gap, hot springs bubble up into the river at or just below the surface. The thermal waters create a sensation uncommon on most rivers. Small rapids, great fishing, an old deteriorating swinging bridge. long narrow gravel bars, and Caddo Gap, a narrow opening where the river flows between ridges on either side, define the river's approach to Arrowhead. Call to see if this float is available when river conditions are 5.5 feet in height. NOTE: We do not mix or intermix our tubes with canoes or kayaks on any of our float trips.


Private Property to Glenwood: is about 1.1 miles in length. We usually float this portion of the river when our upper float is not avaialble due to low river conditions. We pick you up at our Glenwood location and take you up river, that way once you are done floating you are back at your car and not waiting on us. NOTE: We do not mix or intermix our tubes with canoes or kayaks on any of our float trips.



~ Our Canoe and Kayak Trips ~
Black Springs to Arrowhead: is approximately 15 miles in length and can only be floated when the river is above 7.5 feet. We allow only kayaks on this part of the river due to the twist and bends along with tree dams and downed trees from the river banks. It's a beautiful float with no traffic and excellent small mouth bass fishing. This is considered to be two floats so we have to charge a little more just due to the drive time. NOTE: We do not mix or intermix our tubes with canoes or kayaks on any of our float trips.


Norman to Arrowhead: is 8 miles and can only be floated when the water is 6 ft. or above. Normal time to float is 3 - 5 hours. The flow has the potential to be very fast and difficult for unexperienced paddlers. At normal water levels, the flow will be insufficient. We will put you in at the public access in Norman. As you approach the Narrows (Arrowhead), along the west bank (river right), in the area known as Caddo Gap, hot springs bubble up into the river at or just below the surface. The thermal waters create a sensation uncommon on most rivers. Small rapids, great fishing, an old deteriorating swinging bridge. long narrow gravel bars, and Caddo Gap, a narrow opening where the river flows between ridges on either side, define the river's approach to Arrowhead. NOTE: We do not mix or intermix our tubes with canoes or kayaks on any of our float trips.


Arrowhead to Glenwood: our most popular float by far. It is 7.8 miles and takes 4-6 hours, depending on stops. It starts at our campgrounds with rock gardens that are fun in high water, but which will stop a boat suddenly when the water runs low. When the flow is not too much, this stretch of the river provides excellent small mouth bass fishing along with catfishing. Small rapids, long gravel bars, willow thickets and moderate pools in length define the river's approach to Glenwood. Minimum water level for the float level is normally around 5.3 feet in height. Above 6.5 feet we only allow kayaks on this portion of the river. NOTE: We do not mix or intermix our tubes with canoes or kayaks on any of our float trips.



Glenwood to Amity 182 Landing: is 8 miles of river where the rapids become tamer and the pools lengthen. The gravel bars along the riverbanks make excellent primitive campsites for overnight trips. Normal float time is 4-7 hours. Additional charges apply for this float. NOTE: We do not mix or intermix our tubes with canoes or kayaks on any of our float trips.

 

Glenwood to Baker's Rock (Private Property): We flost this 3 miles of river when the river can no longer support the upper float which is normally around the 5' 1" to the 5' 2" level. Normal float time is 2-3 hours. NOTE: We do not mix or intermix our tubes with canoes or kayaks on any of our float trips.