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Shoal Creek: Rocky Fork (FR 1601) to Sorghum Hollow Road (FR 1614) Professional Review and Guide
"Shoal Creek begins on Mount Magazine and tumbles 18 miles to Lake Dardenelle. The creek is runnable only when most other area streams are in flood. The watershed is extremely limited and requires a very large or continued rain to be runnable. Shoal Creek is extremely tight and technical, with a severe gradient that drops an average of 61 feet per mile. The moment you see Shoal Creek, it is apparent you’re in for a very fast run on a narrow runoff stream. What is not apparent is the spectacular gorge that is a short distance downstream of the put-in. Steep walls enclose the creek and make rescue very difficult if not impossible. Steep tree-lined banks and excellent water quality enhance the pristine atmosphere of the gorge stretch of the creek."
--Tom Kennon, A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks (Menasha Ridge Press).
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