Lower Ouachita River Remmel Dam to Rockport

Malvern, Arkansas 72105

Lower Ouachita River Remmel Dam to Rockport

Lower Ouachita River: Remmel Dam to Rockport Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Locally, the section from Remmel Dam to Rockport is simply known as the Rockport Run. The actual run is rarely done, as there is but one class II drop and that is at the takeout at Rockport. The Rockport Ledge, just upstream of the I-30 bridge, has become a favorite for paddlers in the Little Rock area, however. Most paddlers simply put-in at the Rockport Ledge. There is a very small ledge downstream, just past the bridge, and another class II drop at the old Tanner Street Bridge. It is common to see a multitude of brightly colored kayaks playing in the upper ledge on most weekdays and every weekend throughout the summer.

The river run from Remmel Dam to the Rockport Ledge is a scenic class I float. At higher levels, you need to be aware of swift current that can wash you into trees. At the normal full-generation/recreational-release flow, the river is reasonably swift in the first couple of miles and then slows down for the last few miles. There are only a couple of riffles and one side channel at the top. At the lower, continuous-flow levels, paddlers must pick the correct course through several small rock gardens, and at the very lowest flow you might have to get out and drag over a very short shoal if you don’t pick a good line."

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We floated the 6 mile from Remmel Dam to Whitewater Park in Rockport. Class one ,easy float with Kayak, Lot of folks Tubing it as well. Water was being generated through the DAM, swift current in shallows, very scenic, safe for all levels of paddlers. Water was a chilly 68 on Labor Day Weekend. Gravel Bars on right aprox 1.5 to 2 miles down to get out and stretch, next one is Private Property. One remaining Public Gravel Bar within 300 yds of Takeout. We had a blast. Its aprox 2 1/2 hour float .Highly recommend this short but scenic float. Theres a Rock Ledge within 100 yards of the Takeout Point at The White Water Park with a 1 to 2 foot drop, if your unsure of it, just veer off to your left(Parkside) and take out along the bank before going over the Rock Ledge.
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This is a great gentle float trip through a very scenic area. Put in at the Remmel Dam and float down to the Ouachita River Whitewater Park or Rockport Ledge. The area is mostly class I, though there are some higher-class rapids near the ledge. There are a number of outfitters in the area, so it’s easy to arrange a float trip, whether you have your own kayak or need to rent one. The scenery is gorgeous. Note that water levels are sensitive to dam release, though. This is a popular place to kayak, so expect to see quite a few other paddlers on the water, particularly on weekends, holidays, and peak travel times.
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we got there just after they released the water out of the dam. very good float and when we got to the end, the drop was fun!!!!!!!!! then we got to watch some of the sport kayakers do some tricks !!!!!!!!!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2 to 3 hours
Class I-II
Lake Catherine State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Lake Catherine, Malvern North
Local Maps

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