Spring River Dam 3 to Hardy

Ash Flat, Arkansas

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The Spring River begins as the Warm Fork of the Spring River north of Thayer, Missouri. Mammoth Spring, one of the largest springs in the state of Arkansas, adds tremendously to the volume of the water in the river. The Spring River is canoeable from the Dam 3 Access to the Black River, a distance of 61 miles. The scenery is good and the difficulty does not exceed class II. Add a constant flow of water from Mammoth Spring, and you have one of the most popular canoeing streams in the Ozarks. The Spring River has distinctive characteristics not found on the other Ozark Rivers. Long pools are broken by waterfalls that range 1–5 feet in height. The paddler must pick the correct slot to successfully negotiate the drop, or prepare to drag or overturn.

Spring River: Dam 3 to Hardy Professional Review and Guide

"The Spring River begins as the Warm Fork of the Spring River north of Thayer, Missouri. Mammoth Spring, one of the largest springs in the state of Arkansas, adds tremendously to the volume of the water in the river.

The Spring River is canoeable from the Dam 3 Access to the Black River, a distance of 61 miles. The scenery is good and the difficulty does not exceed class II. Add a constant flow of water from Mammoth Spring, and you have one of the most popular canoeing streams in the Ozarks. The Spring River has distinctive characteristics not found on the other Ozark Rivers. Long pools are broken by waterfalls that range 1–5 feet in height. The paddler must pick the correct slot to successfully negotiate the drop, or prepare to drag or overturn."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Ash Flat
Distance: 16
Duration: 2 sections of 4 hours each
Class: Class I-II
Local Maps: USGS Mammoth, Spring, Stuart, Hardy, Sitka, Ravenden, Imbbolden, Noland
Driving Directions: Directions to Spring River: Dam 3 to Hardy

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