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Description - Overhanging hardwood forests, fine gravel bars and rugged bluffs make the Kings River a unique 90 mile stretch of water in Arkansas. The river's most attractive features are found along the rocky banks and bluffs where floaters will notice wild azaleas, ferns, umbrella magnolias, and other fascinating plants. In addition, observant visitors can view a great many signs of wildlife such as beaver cuttings and deer and raccoon tracks. If visitors are lucky, they may even spot some of the creatures as well.

Berryville and Eureka Springs are both located near the Kings River and can meet the needs of most visitors. In addition, several outfitters have operations in the area for those wishing to experience the stream.

Recreation - A float on Kings River is a return to paddling and fishing in its purest form. There are not any motors, nor a loaded bass boat, only you and your partner quietly paddling as you both absorb the untainted outdoor grandeur. Upstream from U.S. 62, the April-June period is considered best for a float, although fall rains, if sufficient, can make for good canoeing. Below 62, floating extends into early summer.

The headwaters area is, of course, no place to float, but it does offer some hiking opportunities. One good place in particular is the Kings River Falls Natural Area, a preserve of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.

The Kings has countless rock bass, hefty channel cats and big small mouth bass for fishers to enjoy. Two sport fish often overlooked by Kings River anglers are the walleye and white bass. Both species are common in the portion of the river near Table Rock Lake during the spring spawning runs in March, April and early May.

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 - High in the Boston Mountains of Madison Country lie the beginnings of the Kings River. From this steep country the stream twists its way northward to the White River and finally flows into southern Missouri's Table Rock Lake.

General Highway Maps for Carroll and Madison counties will help floaters locate entry points such as Marshall Ford, Rockhouse and Trigger Gap.

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Filed By: Josh Raney (Fayetteville, AR)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Spring of 2004 was a great one for floating due the consistent rain. We did a float in late spring from Marshall Ford to Rockhouse and let me tell you what the fishing was outstanding. Every hole we floated through was one full of smallmouth. If you get the opportunity take a weekend or a day float on the Kings. It not only offers a peaceful uncrowded float, but contains some amazing scenery hidden in the ozarks and an umcomparable fishing experience.

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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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