Little Sugar Creek

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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 – Mouth  Locate

    Mouth of Little Sugar Creek.

  • 00.77 – Hazard  Locate

    Dam.

  • 00.87 – Commercial Access  Locate

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  • 03.39 – Mouth  Locate

    Mouth of Brush Creek.

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  • 05.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

  • 05.90 – Swimming  Locate

    During moderate water, the culverts under the bridge just upstream are frequently enjoyed by swimmers on inner tubes.

    However the area seems to be somewhat infested by a venomous snake common to the area, the Copperhead.

  • 05.91 – Hazard  Locate

    Culvert on right side of channel can be traversed in moderate water. Though inexperienced paddlers may wish to portage.

    However portaging is not easy here. Hostile landowners usually erect a fence after each flood on the upstream side of the bridge/road. While the rocky nature of the downstream slope of the bridge/road is difficult to walk on while simultaneously providing concealment for a venomous snake common to the immediate area, the Copperhead.

  • 05.91 – Roadside Access  Locate

  • 06.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

  • 06.34 – Swimming  Locate

    Tree swing.

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  • 08.22 – Rapids  Locate

  • 08.27 – Roadside Access  Locate

  • 09.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

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  • 12.26 – Hazard  Locate

    Private bridge.

    Can be traversed up to moderately high water (approximately 500 cfs). Best chances on far left side of channel.

  • 12.83 – Rapids  Locate

    A rapid loss in elevation here makes for some of the best whitewater in the Elk River basin.

    Turns in the channel during this loss of elevation provide additional challenge.

    Snagging risk present throughout the width of the channel even at high volumes of flow up to 700 cfs.

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  • 15.24 – Hazard  Locate

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  • 16.08 – Hazard  Locate

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  • 19.61 – Public Access  Locate

  • 19.65 – Dam  Locate

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Statistics

Gradient: 9 feet per mile

Difficulty: Class II, very little Class III

Distance from mouth to
furthest known upstream
commercial or public access: 19.61 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 12 hours of the most recent reading.

Volume Guidelines

Minimum Required to Float: 125 cfs

Dangerous Above: 700 cfs

Current Volume: 34.3 cfs

Volume Graph

USGS Water-data graph for Little Sugar Creek

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