Elk River

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Serious Hazard
Serious Hazard

Minor Hazard
Minor Hazard

Commercial Access
Commercial Access

Public Access
Public Access

Roadside Access
Roadside Access

Rapids
Rapids

Swimming
Swimming

Backwater
Backwater

Confluence
Confluence

Mouth
Mouth

Cave
Cave

Scenic
Scenic

Mile Marker
Mile Marker

  • 00.00 – Backwater  Locate

    Elk River Arm of Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees

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  • 04.21 – Public Access  Locate

  • 04.31 – Commercial Access  Locate

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  • 13.23 – Roadside Access  Locate

  • 13.85 – Commercial Access  Locate

  • 13.93 – Commercial Access  Locate

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  • 14.29 – Mouth  Locate

    Mouth of Butler Creek

  • 14.29 – Public Access  Locate

    Public access on Butler Creek, 0.06mi from mouth.

  • 14.82 – Commercial Access  Locate

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  • 15.92 – Commercial Access  Locate

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  • 16.02 – Commercial Access  Locate

  • 16.88 – Swimming  Locate

    Tree swing.

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  • 17.68 – Public Access  Locate

  • 17.80 – Commercial Access  Locate

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  • 18.33 – Commercial Access  Locate

  • 18.79 – Commercial Access  Locate

  • 18.86 – Swimming  Locate

    Water depth more suitable for children jumping off of bridge.

  • 18.92 – Swimming  Locate

    Deep hole next to rectangular pillar in middle of channel. Pillar, some 30 feet high, is property of railroad. Those loitering on pillar or in the area afterwards are frequently issued citations for trespassing. If you must jump from the pillar, be warned that penetrating the surface too deeply has resulted in multiple cases of serious injury as well as fatalities.

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  • 19.04 – Rapids  Locate

    Rapids best ran in the left third of the channel where they appear to be greatest. Snagging risk present in right two thirds of channel where water appears more calm.

  • 19.29 – Swimming  Locate

    Dangerous undercurrents present anywhere one channel of water meets another.

  • 19.30 – Mouth  Locate

    Mouth of Indian Creek.

  • 19.83 – Swimming  Locate

    Boulder on left side of channel popular with children and adults alike.

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  • 20.46 – Swimming  Locate

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  • 21.71 – Commercial Access  Locate

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  • 22.22 – Swimming  Locate

  • 23.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

  • 23.57 – Commercial Access  Locate

  • 23.64 – Commercial Access  Locate

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  • 24.55 – Commercial Access  Locate

  • 24.68 – Commercial Access  Locate

  • 24.82 – Public Access  Locate

  • 24.91 – Commercial Access  Locate

  • 25.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

  • 25.01 – Commercial Access  Locate

  • 25.05 – Confluence  Locate

    Big Sugar Creek, Little Sugar Creek

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Statistics

Gradient: 4 feet per mile

Difficulty: Class I

Distance from backwater to
furthest known upstream
commercial or public access: 25.05 miles

Real-Time Data

Current volume figures may swing radically upwards without notice if northwest Arkansas or southwest Missouri has received heavy or sustained rainfall within the past 24 hours of the most recent reading.

Volume Guidelines

Minimum Required to Float: 400 cfs

Dangerous Above: 2500 cfs

Current Volume: Error: Must Supply a Valid 8 Digit Number cfs

Volume Graph

USGS Water-data graph for Elk River

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