Salado Creek Camp Tahkodah to the US 167 Bridge

Floral, Arkansas

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Three small creeks combine just north of Floral, Arkansas, to form Salado Creek. The three creeks form a fast-flowing stream that takes a northeasterly route to its confluence with the White River near the town of Salado. Salado Creek flows through a rugged gorge that is inaccessible below Girl Scout Camp Tahkodah to US 167. If you catch the creek at a good level, you will be blessed with spectacular scenery and many class II rapids. Beware of low water, as your trip could become a canoe hike. The Salado is a favorite among Memphis-area paddlers; it is the closest whitewater to Memphis, 87 miles away. The current is swift at optimum levels, and the water quality is good. The banks are lined with trees along most of the creek, restricting views of the adjacent farmland. The final mile is a major willow jungle with deadfalls in the current—so be careful! The best section to paddle is from Camp Tahkodah to the US 167 bridge, a distance of 11 miles.
A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks

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A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks

by Tom Kennon (Menasha Ridge Press)

Three small creeks combine just north of Floral, Arkansas, to form Salado Creek. The three creeks form a fast-flowing stream that takes a northeasterly route to its confluence with the White River near the town of Salado. Salado Creek flows through a rugged gorge that is inaccessible below Girl Scout Camp Tahkodah to US 167. If you catch the creek at a good level, you will be blessed with spectacular scenery and many class II rapids. Beware of low water, as your trip could become a canoe hike.

The Salado is a favorite among Memphis-area paddlers; it is the closest whitewater to Memphis, 87 miles away. The current is swift at optimum levels, and the water quality is good. The banks are lined with trees along most of the creek, restricting views of the adjacent farmland. The final mile is a major willow jungle with deadfalls in the current—so be careful! The best section to paddle is from Camp Tahkodah to the US 167 bridge, a distance of 11 miles.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Floral
Distance: 10
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Class: Class II-III
Local Contacts: Cherokee Wildlife Management Area
Local Maps: USGS Pleasant Plains, Salado, Newark
Driving Directions: Directions to Salado Creek: Camp Tahkodah to the US 167 Bridge

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9/6/2016
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Went here in the spring and it was awesome. It was everything you'd expect. Good rapids narrow lines. It wasgreat. Camp tahkodah is private so call ahead. Late summer is not the time e to go. My girlfriend and I went yesterday and it was very low. It was so low it took us nearly eight hours to get to the pickup it is not safe it is not fun you need to go in the spring. After rainy days in the spring will make the creek a lot of fun and swift. Call the camp before going. David is really nice and will shuttle you from the out back to camp so you can take one vehicle. Lot of wildlife. Snakes during the evening hours. The biggest maccasonsI have ever seen so be careful. Start early bring backup lights if you do get caught out at night. I definitely wouldn't recommend you go alone or inexperienced



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