King's River AR 74 to MO 86

Kingston, Arkansas

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King’s River begins near Boston, Arkansas, and flows to the north before running into Table Rock Lake. Boston is the headwaters for two other notable streams, the Mulberry River on the south side of AR 16 and War Eagle Creek on the northwest side of town. The upper sections of the King’s River are in the Boston Mountains and tend to have a greater drop per mile than the lower sections, which are in the Springfield and Salem Plateaus. The river itself is not too difficult, with class II rapids the norm. Willow jungles and gravel shoals are the main difficulties in the floatable sections of the river. There are some larger drops near the headwaters, but these sections are floatable only a few times a year. Hardwood forests and an occasional rocky bluff greet paddlers on King’s River. Water quality is above average and exhibits the famous milky green tint found on rivers in the Ozarks. The wilderness experience is enhanced by a lack of river use relative to many of the rivers close by. Wildlife is abundant, offering paddlers the chance to see squirrels, beaver, deer, and many species of native plants. Spring is an especially good time to experience clear water conditions and many different flowers and plants in bloom.

King's River: AR 74 to MO 86 Professional Review and Guide

"King’s River begins near Boston, Arkansas, and flows to the north before running into Table Rock Lake. Boston is the headwaters for two other notable streams, the Mulberry River on the south side of AR 16 and War Eagle Creek on the northwest side of town. The upper sections of the King’s River are in the Boston Mountains and tend to have a greater drop per mile than the lower sections, which are in the Springfield and Salem Plateaus. The river itself is not too difficult, with class II rapids the norm. Willow jungles and gravel shoals are the main difficulties in the floatable sections of the river.

There are some larger drops near the headwaters, but these sections are floatable only a few times a year. Hardwood forests and an occasional rocky bluff greet paddlers on King’s River. Water quality is above average and exhibits the famous milky green tint found on rivers in the Ozarks. The wilderness experience is enhanced by a lack of river use relative to many of the rivers close by. Wildlife is abundant, offering paddlers the chance to see squirrels, beaver, deer, and many species of native plants. Spring is an especially good time to experience clear water conditions and many different flowers and plants in bloom."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Kingston
Distance: 82.5
Duration: 6 sections range from 4 to 8 hours
Class: Class I-II
Local Contacts: McIlroy State Game Management Area
Local Maps: USGS Boston, Weathers, Kingston, Marble, Forum, Rockhouse, Eureka Springs, Grandview
Driving Directions: Directions to King's River: AR 74 to MO 86

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