Caddo River FR 73 to Amity

Norman, Arkansas

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The Caddo River begins south of AR 8 near the Missouri Mountains and flows to the southeast, passing near Norman, Caddo Gap, and Glenwood before entering the backwaters of Degray Reservoir. The reservoir destroyed some of the Caddo’s best whitewater, but the remaining river still offers some good class II runs when spring rains are sufficient. The Caddo River is a small stream in its upper sections that races to the east over moderate drops and through numerous willow thickets, which present an ever-present danger to the unsuspecting paddler. The stream begins to widen and slow as it turns south at Norman. Water quality is excellent in the upper sections and good in the middle and lower sections. Dense forests protect the headwaters and the river flows through many open fields as it nears Degray Reservoir.

Caddo River: FR 73 to Amity Professional Review and Guide

"The Caddo River begins south of AR 8 near the Missouri Mountains and flows to the southeast, passing near Norman, Caddo Gap, and Glenwood before entering the backwaters of Degray Reservoir. The reservoir destroyed some of the Caddo’s best whitewater, but the remaining river still offers some good class II runs when spring rains are sufficient.

The Caddo River is a small stream in its upper sections that races to the east over moderate drops and through numerous willow thickets, which present an ever-present danger to the unsuspecting paddler. The stream begins to widen and slow as it turns south at Norman. Water quality is excellent in the upper sections and good in the middle and lower sections. Dense forests protect the headwaters and the river flows through many open fields as it nears Degray Reservoir."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Norman
Distance: 31.69
Duration: 4 sections range from 3 to 5 hours
Class: Class I-II
Local Contacts: Ouachita National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Athens, Glenwood, Amity, Point Cedar
Driving Directions: Directions to Caddo River: FR 73 to Amity

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