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Description - A year round float stream, the Eleven Point River is fed by numerous springs making it an ideal destination for floaters any month. About 77 percent of its flow is supplied by these springs. Even when the river is low after a period of drought, all shoal areas can be navigated. Although farmland borders the river throughout most of its Arkansas length, the heavy growth along the banks tends to conceal the signs of civilization and to give the floater the sense of being miles from anywhere. Black gum, sycamore, walnut, and river birch are found in this lush growth. Herons often stand sentinel in quiet reaches of the stream. Since the Eleven Point flows past privately owned farmland, visitors need to be mindful to avoid trespassing problems.

The nearby city of Pocahontas is a major trade center for the area around the Eleven Point. Public campsites are available at Old Davidsonville State Park southwest of Pocahontas.

Recreation - A clear, unpolluted river, the Eleven Point is a favorite of paddlers because of its frequent rapids. Islands are characteristic of the river, probably formed in times past by sand and gravel bar cave-ins. Passage around some of these islands may be blocked, requiring an occasional portage. In addition to the islands, there are five old stone dams providing their own form of hazard if the river is high.

The Eleven Point's graveled path is an ideal spawning and fishing ground for small mouth bass. The number of smallmouths in the river is phenomenal, and it's not unheard of to haul in a pair of smallmouths on a single crank-bait. One of the most overlooked fish species in Arkansas cold-water streams is the channel catfish. While most people associate channels with muddy, slow-moving waters, they actually prefer clear, gravel-bottomed streams. Channel cats are abundant in the Eleven Point and will accept a variety of offerings including chicken liver and stink bait.

Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.

Location - Eleven Point River is found in northeastern Arkansas. Rising in the Ozarks of Missouri, the Eleven Point flows southward through the Mark Twain National Forest, passing rocky, dramatic country. Once it reaches Arkansas, the pace of the river slows and the scenery becomes pastoral and bucolic.

Principal access points are Missouri Hwy. 142, Arkansas Hwy. 93 near Dalton and the county road at Black Ferry Bridge.

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Report: Usually, this is an unbelievable smallmouth fishing excursion, especially near Dalton. However, the recent rain and storms have cuased the river to be extremely high and fast, making the water cloudy. So, our last outing wsa tremendously disappointing compared to the bonanzas we have had in the past.

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Contact Information:
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, One Capitol Mall , Little Rock, AR, 72201, Phone: 501-682-7777, Fax: 501-682-2523

Additional Information:
Arkansas Rivers and Streams - Arkansas has numerous rivers and streams located throughout the state. We have information on 13 rivers, four creeks and one bayou.


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