North Fork of the Illinois Bayou Victor FR 1001 to FR 1818

Dover, Arkansas

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The North Fork of the Illinois Bayou begins near Ben Hur, Arkansas, and flows to the south for 23 miles before joining the Illinois Bayou near Hector, Arkansas. The entire length is protected by the Ozark National Forest and is under consideration for protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The city of Russellville also has visions of using the North Fork of the Illinois Bayou as a future water supply and has applied for a permit from the Corps of Engineers for dam construction on the North Fork. Forest Service roads that cross and parallel the stream allow for easy access. Paddlers can expect a relatively narrow stream that flows at a moderate pace over rocky shoals to form sporty rapids. Water quality is good due to the lack of civilization and the protected watershed. Hardwood forests enclose the stream and restrict views of the road.

North Fork of the Illinois Bayou: Victor (FR 1001) to FR 1818 Professional Review and Guide

"The North Fork of the Illinois Bayou begins near Ben Hur, Arkansas, and flows to the south for 23 miles before joining the Illinois Bayou near Hector, Arkansas. The entire length is protected by the Ozark National Forest and is under consideration for protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The city of Russellville also has visions of using the North Fork of the Illinois Bayou as a future water supply and has applied for a permit from the Corps of Engineers for dam construction on the North Fork.

Forest Service roads that cross and parallel the stream allow for easy access. Paddlers can expect a relatively narrow stream that flows at a moderate pace over rocky shoals to form sporty rapids. Water quality is good due to the lack of civilization and the protected watershed. Hardwood forests enclose the stream and restrict views of the road."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Dover
Distance: 14
Duration: 2 sections range from 3 to 5 hours
Class: Class II-III
Local Maps: USGS Lurton, Sandgap, Simpson, Dover
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork of the Illinois Bayou: Victor (FR 1001) to FR 1818

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