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Description - The Little Red River is one of the most popular fishing and floating streams in Arkansas. The chief reason for its popularity is fishing for trout. The scenery on the river is outstanding as it cuts through the beautiful Ozark foothills.

A network of resorts, private campgrounds, restaurants, bait shops, and guide services are available. Public camping spots are located on Greers Ferry Lake.

Recreation - The Little Red River is generally a good year round float. The condition of the river is dependent upon generation periods of the powerhouse at the dam. It becomes very swift and dangerous in spots when water is released, but after generation ceases, the Little Red reverts to a peaceful Ozark mountain stream with long, gentle pools and numerous shoals. During periods of high flow, the river should be floated only by experienced boaters.

The Little Red is among the real blue-ribbon trout streams of America. Hundreds of thousands of rainbow trout are stocked annually, and periodic releases of brown trout have produced an excellent fishery for that species as well.

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 - One of the most popular fishing and floating streams in Arkansas, the lower Little Red River flows from the base of Greers Ferry Dam near the town of Heber Springs to eventually merge with the White River at the Hurricane Lake Wildlife Management Area just east of Searcy.

A Corps of Engineers public ramp on the north bank, located next to the Federal Fish Hatchery, is the easiest access to the upper portion of the river. Other public access points on the middle and lower stretches of the river, maintained by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, include Barnett (Winkley Bridge), Lobo (adjacent to Lobo Landing Trout Dock), Dripping Springs, and Ramsey.

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Filed By: Harris Golden (Memphis, TN)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I went just south of Greer's Ferry Dam with a friend to escape college. It was the first time I have been fly fishing for trout in the US and I was fairly sceptical about our success. I was wrong though. Even without waders, fishing from the shore produced us with our limit of rainbows and an exciting trip. The people I met were very helpful in pushing me in the right direction. I camped at the JFK campground which was right next to the fishing area, it was a little crowded but the fishing made it worth the trip. Lost a camera there so if you see one e-mail me.

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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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