Instruction notes and outlines for Swiftwater Rescue and Canoeing,

For both ACA skills courses and Instructor Development Workshops

Introduction to Paddling in Local Rivers and Creeks

Avoid Trouble on the River

Planning a River Trip

Why bad things happen on the river

Principles of Rescue

Links to maps and other gages

Buffalo River Map with Gages
Be careful with this, The NPS uses 1900 cfs as flood at Ponca, but upsteam at Boxley is not labeled as flood until it reaches 6500 CFS. While quite possible that this is technically correct, it could be a very dangerous mis-interpertation of actual conditions not far from the gage.

Turner Bend Visual reading of the Mulberry, and more powerful whitewater.

All USGS in Arkansas

Ozark Whitewater Pages is the best for whitewater creeks all across Arkansas.

Old Maps of many float steams in Arkansas, 22 pages, newer and better guide is "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks" by Tom Kennon, 2004.

Flow Rates

USGS Stream Flow Data

Retrieved at 10:50 pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 Bentonville

These are rivers and gage interpretation are for gentle water canoeing, fishing, and canoe camping.

Be especially wary when these rivers are rising, when the current has floating debris, or when there is possibility of rain storms upsteam.

Site Number Site Name Flow - CFS Time Date Interpret&Map
07050500 Kings River near Berryville, AR 219 22:15 2024-05-22 07050500
07055607 Crooked Creek at Kelly Crossing at Yellville, AR 262 21:45 2024-05-22 07055607
07055646 Buffalo River near Boxley, AR 28 22:30 2024-05-22 07055646
07055660 Buffalo River at Ponca, AR 109 22:30 2024-05-22 07055660
07056000 Buffalo River near St. Joe, AR 369 21:45 2024-05-22 07056000
07069305 Spring River at Spring Street Bridge at Hardy, AR 989 22:30 2024-05-22 07069305
07188653 Big Sugar Creek near Powell, MO 144 22:15 2024-05-22 07188653
07188838 Little Sugar Creek near Pineville, MO 258 22:15 2024-05-22 07188838
07188885 Indian Creek near Lanagan, MO 383 22:15 2024-05-22 07188885
07189000 Elk River near Tiff City, Mo 1,420 22:30 2024-05-22 07189000
07195430 Illinois River South of Siloam Springs, AR 644 22:15 2024-05-22 07195430
07196500 Illinois River near Tahlequah, OK 1,060 22:30 2024-05-22 07196500

Book of Bowie Front Page.

add intro paddle 5 June 2020

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