West Fork of the White River Road Side Park to Fayetteville

West Fork, Arkansas

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The West Fork of the White River begins near Winslow, Arkansas, and flows along US 71 to Fayetteville and on to Beaver Lake. A class I–II paddle with a few class III drops in the upper section, the stream flows through willow thickets in the upper stretches and farmland as it nears Fayetteville. Water quality on the West Fork of the White is good, but the wilderness experience is somewhat limited due to the stream’s proximity to US 71 and the constant noise of vehicles on this highway. Runs are possible in the 5-mile stretch above the Roadside Park, but this stretch is very sensitive to water levels and the river is a small, narrow creek that drops an average of 36 feet per mile with a difficulty of class II+–III. In fact, a class III drop is visible from putin just beyond a small private bridge. The other class III rapid is visible from the road just before the junction with AR 74. The put-in for this upper stretch is at Winslow Park, just beyond the Final Gas Station on the east side of the highway. There is plenty of parking available.

West Fork of the White River: Road Side Park to Fayetteville Professional Review and Guide

"The West Fork of the White River begins near Winslow, Arkansas, and flows along US 71 to Fayetteville and on to Beaver Lake. A class I–II paddle with a few class III drops in the upper section, the stream flows through willow thickets in the upper stretches and farmland as it nears Fayetteville. Water quality on the West Fork of the White is good, but the wilderness experience is somewhat limited due to the stream’s proximity to US 71 and the constant noise of vehicles on this highway.

Runs are possible in the 5-mile stretch above the Roadside Park, but this stretch is very sensitive to water levels and the river is a small, narrow creek that drops an average of 36 feet per mile with a difficulty of class II+–III. In fact, a class III drop is visible from putin just beyond a small private bridge. The other class III rapid is visible from the road just before the junction with AR 74. The put-in for this upper stretch is at Winslow Park, just beyond the Final Gas Station on the east side of the highway. There is plenty of parking available."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: West Fork
Distance: 15
Duration: 2 sections range from 3 to 3.5 hours
Class: Class I-II
Local Maps: USGS Winslow, Brentwood, West Fork, Fayetteville, Elkins
Driving Directions: Directions to West Fork of the White River: Road Side Park to Fayetteville

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