Cedar Creek and West Cedar Creek AR 162 to Rudy

Cedarville, Arkansas

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Cedar Creek begins just east of Cedarville, Arkansas, at the confluence of West Cedar Creek and East Cedar Creek. West Cedar Creek begins near Kimes Mountain and flows southwest towards Cedarville. East Cedar Creek begins approximately 4.5 miles west of Chester, Arkansas, and flows southwest towards Cedarville. Both forks of Cedar Creek are runnable at periods of heavy rainfall, although the route described below begins on West Cedar Creek. The USGS Frog Bayou gauge at Rudy, Arkansas, is a good indicator of water levels on Cedar Creek and its tributaries. Paddlers should expect a very tight run on all three creeks. Expect steep gradients, approaching 50 feet per mile on the branches and 20 feet per mile on Cedar Creek. The terrain is steep, the run is tight and technical, and the location is remote. Before attempting these runs, you should at minimum be an advanced-intermediate open boater or kayaker. You should feel comfortable with tight eddy turns and should have extremely good boat control. Downed trees are a common hazard on Cedar Creek. If you cannot see the route by eddy scouting, stop and scout from the shore.

Cedar Creek and West Cedar Creek: AR 162 to Rudy Professional Review and Guide

"Cedar Creek begins just east of Cedarville, Arkansas, at the confluence of West Cedar Creek and East Cedar Creek. West Cedar Creek begins near Kimes Mountain and flows southwest towards Cedarville. East Cedar Creek begins approximately 4.5 miles west of Chester, Arkansas, and flows southwest towards Cedarville. Both forks of Cedar Creek are runnable at periods of heavy rainfall, although the route described below begins on West Cedar Creek.

The USGS Frog Bayou gauge at Rudy, Arkansas, is a good indicator of water levels on Cedar Creek and its tributaries. Paddlers should expect a very tight run on all three creeks. Expect steep gradients, approaching 50 feet per mile on the branches and 20 feet per mile on Cedar Creek. The terrain is steep, the run is tight and technical, and the location is remote. Before attempting these runs, you should at minimum be an advanced-intermediate open boater or kayaker. You should feel comfortable with tight eddy turns and should have extremely good boat control. Downed trees are a common hazard on Cedar Creek. If you cannot see the route by eddy scouting, stop and scout from the shore."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Cedarville
Distance: 9.35
Duration: 5 hours
Class: Class II-III
Local Maps: USGS Rudy
Driving Directions: Directions to Cedar Creek and West Cedar Creek: AR 162 to Rudy

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