Illinois River Lake Weddington AR 16 to AR 59

Fayetteville, Arkansas

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The Illinois River rises near Hogeye, Arkansas, and flows north to Benton County, then heads west through the Ozark National Forest along AR 68 before flowing into Oklahoma and Lake Francis. Expect a class I stream that has become very popular among novice canoeists and tubers. Several outfitters that rent canoes and provide shuttle service are located in the AR 68 area. Ken Smith’s book, The Illinois River (available from the Ozark Society), is an excellent in-depth look at the river and the surrounding area. The cool, deep-green water that courses over small rocky chutes in the Ozark National Forest attracts people from northwest Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. Along most of the stream, paddlers find tree-lined banks with occasional bluffs that obscure the view of pastures and small hills. There are few signs of civilization except at bridges and access points.
A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks

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A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks

by Tom Kennon (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Illinois River rises near Hogeye, Arkansas, and flows north to Benton County, then heads west through the Ozark National Forest along AR 68 before flowing into Oklahoma and Lake Francis. Expect a class I stream that has become very popular among novice canoeists and tubers.

Several outfitters that rent canoes and provide shuttle service are located in the AR 68 area. Ken Smith’s book, The Illinois River (available from the Ozark Society), is an excellent in-depth look at the river and the surrounding area. The cool, deep-green water that courses over small rocky chutes in the Ozark National Forest attracts people from northwest Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. Along most of the stream, paddlers find tree-lined banks with occasional bluffs that obscure the view of pastures and small hills. There are few signs of civilization except at bridges and access points.

©  Tom Kennon/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Fayetteville
Distance: 22.2
Duration: 2 sections range from 5 to 6 hours
Class: Class I-II
Local Contacts: Ozark National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Strickler, Prairie Grove, West Fork, Wheeler, Robinson, Gallatin, Watts
Driving Directions: Directions to Illinois River: Lake Weddington (AR 16) to AR 59

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