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."