Mulberry River Wolf Pen Recreation Area to Mill Creek

Clarkesville, Arkansas

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The Mulberry River rises near the small town of Salus, Arkansas, in the southwest corner of Newton County and flows southwest for 70 miles to its confluence with the Arkansas River at Mulberry, Arkansas. The Mulberry River flows through many menacing willow jungles and rock gardens, and over moderate drops that create class II and II+ rapids. Willow jungles that act as strainers constitute the greatest challenge for paddlers. The powerful force of water flowing through these willow jungles can pin a boat or a person against the willows with disastrous results. The Mulberry’s water quality is excellent, and the milky green water so distinctive in the Ozarks seems to be more obvious on the river. Oak, pecan, elm, and other hardwood trees cover the riverbanks in the upper sections, and forests alternate with pastureland in the lower sections. Paddlers can expect to find the river flowing swifter, with more rapids, in the upper sections above AR 23, but do not discount the lower sections, which tend to be slower but have some of the biggest drops. The canoeing put-in is Wolf Pen Recreation Area. One can also put-in at AR 103 and numerous low-water bridges upstream in periods of high water.

Mulberry River: Wolf Pen Recreation Area to Mill Creek Professional Review and Guide

"The Mulberry River rises near the small town of Salus, Arkansas, in the southwest corner of Newton County and flows southwest for 70 miles to its confluence with the Arkansas River at Mulberry, Arkansas. The Mulberry River flows through many menacing willow jungles and rock gardens, and over moderate drops that create class II and II+ rapids. Willow jungles that act as strainers constitute the greatest challenge for paddlers. The powerful force of water flowing through these willow jungles can pin a boat or a person against the willows with disastrous results.

The Mulberry’s water quality is excellent, and the milky green water so distinctive in the Ozarks seems to be more obvious on the river. Oak, pecan, elm, and other hardwood trees cover the riverbanks in the upper sections, and forests alternate with pastureland in the lower sections. Paddlers can expect to find the river flowing swifter, with more rapids, in the upper sections above AR 23, but do not discount the lower sections, which tend to be slower but have some of the biggest drops. The canoeing put-in is Wolf Pen Recreation Area. One can also put-in at AR 103 and numerous low-water bridges upstream in periods of high water."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Clarkesville
Distance: 38.85
Duration: 4 sections range from 4 to 7 hours
Class: Class I-II
Local Maps: USGS Ozone, Oark, Yale, Cass, Cravens, Mountainburg SE
Driving Directions: Directions to Mulberry River: Wolf Pen Recreation Area to Mill Creek

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May 2018