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Description - Arkansas' stream inventory includes ten Crooked Creeks, but only this one has been described as "the blue-ribbon small mouth stream of the state." As it meanders across northern Arkansas on the way to the White River, Crooked Creek passes through typical Ozark landscapes featuring rolling hills, cedar glades, bluffs, bottomland thickets, and lush pasturelands. The stream itself is characterized by deep pools, fast chutes, and clear water.

In addition to its nationally known small mouth fishery, Crooked Creek also provides habitat for many other species including channel catfish and several varieties of sunfish. Living along the stream corridor are numerous mammals, beaver, mink, and deer, to name a few and an abundant assortment of water-oriented birds including kingfishers, ospreys, and great blue herons.

Supplies may be obtained at Yellville, Cotter, Harrison, Flippin, and other communities in the area. Canoes and johnboats are available for rent in the vicinity, and guide services are also available. While there are no public campsites on Crooked Creek itself, campgrounds can be found nearby at Bull Shoals Lake, Bull Shoals State Park, or Buffalo Point.

Recreation - While the streams upper reaches offer opportunities for wade-fishing and occasional float trips, most recreational use along Crooked Creek occurs in the lower 50 miles below Pyatt. The best time for floating and fishing the Crooked Creek is during spring. Good fishing is also reported in mid-fall.

Crooked Creek has received national acclaim as one of the top small mouth bass streams anywhere, and its reputation is well deserved. Ideal habitat and an abundance of crayfish, hellgrammites and other small mouth foods combine to produce large numbers of quality fish.

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 - Crooked Creek is found in north central Arkansas. It originates near Dogpatch in Newton County, flows north and then east through Boone County, and continues east across Marion County where it empties into the White River.

Crooked Creek visitors can reach the stream at several places between Yellville and the White River. A Marion County General Highway Map can be a great aid in locating points of access.

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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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