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Description - First-time visitors to the Cadron are invariably surprised at the scenery. Most have no idea that a whitewater stream exists in central Arkansas, much less that it features bluffs, pinnacles, and caves. But all of these attractions are found on Cadron Creek. The scenery can change from season to season. Many of the bluffs will be ice-encrusted during the winter months and in late spring, waterfalls will be cascading down the bluffs.

Most all supplies can be obtained in Greenbrier or other nearby communities. Conway, about 15 miles south of the Cadron on U.S. 65,
is a major commercial center with overnight accommodations available. Campgrounds are located at Woolly Hollow State Park a few miles northeast of Greenbrier, and also at the more distant Corps of Engineers' parks on Greers Ferry Lake.

Recreation - The Cadron doesn't receive much canoeing use above the Arkansas Hwy. 124 bridge west of Quitman, although the North Fork can be floated downstream from Gravesville. Each spring dozens of canoeists load up their gear and head for Cadron Creek. Class I and II rapids can be expected between December and June.

By all appearances, Cadron Creek should be a great little small mouth stream. But surprisingly, small mouth bass are virtually absent from these waters. Since the water is warmer than on most Arkansas float streams, the Cadron hosts a variety of species more commonly found in the sluggish streams of the lowlands. On the Cadron, anglers pursue largemouth bass, feisty crappie and bluegill. Flathead catfish, which may tip the scales at 50 pounds or more, are also present in good numbers, giving the visiting angler an outstanding opportunity to land a real leviathan.

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 - Cadron Creek begins way up in Cleburne County, nearly within the city limits of Heber Springs. It flows in a westerly direction, is joined by its North Fork near Quitman, then continues on a southwesterly course toward the the Arkansas River.

Points of access include the Arkansas Hwy. 124 crossing, the county bridge northeast of Guy, Arkansas Hwy. 310 going west from Guy, the U.S. 65 bridge, and the Arkansas Hwy. 285 crossing.

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Filed By: Jeff
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It was AWESOME.. that is about the prettiest float I have been on.. I was surprised, to say the least.. My oldest boy, who isn't easily impressed, couldn't find enough good things to say about it.. He was thinking the float would be rather bland.. but both of us found out differently. We got dumped twice, the first one was accidental, think the second was almost on purpose.... The creek is beautiful.. I had no idea it was so isolated. The only signs of civilization were the put in point, and the bridges.. other than that I can't remember seeing any roads or houses. It was a pleasant surprise...the 'canyon's were very pretty.. there are so many bluffs along that stretch of the creek that I'd rank it as the prettiest one I have been one. I was also impressed with the Cadron Creek Outfittters. The guys were cool..they were really helpful.. and friendly... I appreciate that.

Filed By: John (Greenbrier, AR)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Early winter paddling adventure from Highway 124 to Pinnacle Springs Campground revealed high bluffs encrusted with ice despite temperatures in the 50s. The first couple of hours drifted by slowly and we pulled ashore at Batesville Mountain Campground for a lunch break--the trail along the bluff line revealed waterfalls, grottos and rock tunnels. Leaving Batesville Mountain campground the pace picked up with many Class II shoals and standing waves--several close calls but no dumps! A large rock cave marked the beginning of Pinnacle Springs campground--a couple of more shoals and we pulled over on the river left where many paddlers could be seen returning from the swifter waters downstream. A great trip!

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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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