Frog Bayou Mountainburg Ash Street Low-Water Bridge to US 64

Mountainburg, Arkansas

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The headwaters of Frog Bayou are on the north slope of Shepherd Mountain in Crawford County, Arkansas. The stream flows generally west until it reaches the impoundment of Lake Fort Smith, a part of the Fort Smith municipal water supply. The present dam is being raised 100 feet to increase the water supply. The new dam will have a negative effect on the flow of Frog Bayou downstream. The headwaters for boating begin below the dam near the junction of Clear Creek and Frog Bayou. Water flowing over the spillway is a real plus for paddling, but at times Clear Creek alone supplies enough water for a good float. Frog Bayou is an exciting class II stream with nice drops, willow jungles, and rock gardens. Steep, forested ridges protect the stream, giving paddlers a sense of wilderness even though the highway is close by in many places. The water quality is good, including the Ozarks’ famous greenish water. The popularity of Frog Bayou has grown over the years. Paddlers throughout the region now enjoy the Frog, especially boaters from the Fort Smith area, who can be on the stream only a half-hour after leaving home.

Frog Bayou: Mountainburg (Ash Street Low-Water Bridge) to US 64 Professional Review and Guide

"The headwaters of Frog Bayou are on the north slope of Shepherd Mountain in Crawford County, Arkansas. The stream flows generally west until it reaches the impoundment of Lake Fort Smith, a part of the Fort Smith municipal water supply. The present dam is being raised 100 feet to increase the water supply. The new dam will have a negative effect on the flow of Frog Bayou downstream. The headwaters for boating begin below the dam near the junction of Clear Creek and Frog Bayou. Water flowing over the spillway is a real plus for paddling, but at times Clear Creek alone supplies enough water for a good float.

Frog Bayou is an exciting class II stream with nice drops, willow jungles, and rock gardens. Steep, forested ridges protect the stream, giving paddlers a sense of wilderness even though the highway is close by in many places. The water quality is good, including the Ozarks’ famous greenish water. The popularity of Frog Bayou has grown over the years. Paddlers throughout the region now enjoy the Frog, especially boaters from the Fort Smith area, who can be on the stream only a half-hour after leaving home."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Mountainburg
Distance: 24.7
Duration: 5 sections range from 1 to 4 hours
Class: Class I-II
Local Maps: USGS Mountainburg, Mountainburg SW, Rudy
Driving Directions: Directions to Frog Bayou: Mountainburg (Ash Street Low-Water Bridge) to US 64

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4/13/2009
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Water height = 4.62ft Went ash street to grotto. Road 2 people in 16ft tandem canoe! HAD A BLAST!!! nice rapids! One spot had huge waves that almost swamped us! I will definitely do this every time the water is up!


10/19/2005
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It was alittle more than we expected, we didn't expect much at all in late october thus close to freezing to death.



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