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General Information

Description - Although the Spring River begins somewhere up in Missouri, it doesn't get serious until it reaches the state line and enters Arkansas. That's where Mammoth Spring flows into it, adding about nine million gallons of water every hour to the stream flow. Instantly the river is transformed into a racing stream, just right for fishing and floating.

The nearby towns of Mammoth Spring and Hardy can supply the needs of most any visitor. Private resorts, campsites, motels, and canoe outposts are readily available in the area.

Recreation - There's no getting around the fact that Spring River is chilly. After all, nine million gallons of 58° water every hour is hard to ignore. But it is this volume of cool water that: makes the Spring River a year-round float stream, and allows the river to be regularly stocked with rainbow trout.
Most Spring River canoe trips take place in the 17 mile stretch between Mammoth Spring State Park and Hardy, a historic town in northern Sharp County. This section is recommended for beginning to intermediate canoeists, and is very popular for family outings.

The cool waters of the Spring River provide ideal conditions for stocking trout. Rainbow trout are by far the most abundant and popular species,
but recent stockings of brown trout have also proven successful. The best fishing spots for trout are immediately below the falls where the falling water hits, creating a frothing white mass. Back under the ledges is where the rainbows lie, waiting to nip out and grab food coming over the falls.

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 - The Spring River is found in northern Arkansas. The river originates, however, in southern Missouri and crosses the state line at Mammoth Spring.

The Spring River is one of Arkansas's more accessible streams, with U.S. Highway 63 paralleling much of its length. Major public access points include Cold Springs and Dam #3 off U.S. 63 between Hardy and Mammoth Spring, Bayou Access off Arkansas Hwy. 289, Hardy Beach, the Wilford Launch Area off Arkansas Hwy. 58, two put-in/take-out points at Ravenden, and a final launch site at Imboden.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

Trip Reports:
Add your own trip Report! Newly re-released feature. One of the most popular features on Wildernet, trip reports allow you to share your experiences with others. This is an invaluable resource for determining what to expect on your outdoor adventure, so please participate! To prevent spamming, you must be a registered user of Wildernet in order to submit a trip report

Filed By: TNT DIRT (MEMPHIS, TN)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: WE WERE RECENTLY INVITED TO SPEND A LONG WKND AT A PRIVATE CABIN, ON SPRING RIVER. OUR FRIENDS HAD MADE THIS PLACE SOUND LIKE PARADISE, IT HAD BEEN OVER 10 YEARS SINCE WE HAD BEEN THERE, IT SOUDED LIKE THE PERFECT GETAWAY. WE WERE AMAZED AT HOW MAGNIFICENT THIS PLACE REALLY IS, SECLUDED IN A BEND IN THE RIVER.BREATHTAKING VIEWS FROM EVERY CORNER. THE SOUND OF THE WATER ROLLING OVER THE RAPIDS WAS VERY RELAXING,WE HAD LEFT HOME RIGHT AFTER WORK THAT FRIDAY. OUR FIRST SUNRISE SITTING ON THE DECK THAT HANGS OVER THE RIVERS EDGE YOU COULD SEE FISH IN THE CRISTAL CLEAR WATER BELOW, WE CANOED DOWN RIVER, FLOTED ON RAFTS & INNER TUBES. WE ATE FRESH TROUT EVERY NIGHT. WE EVEN STAYED 2 DAYS LONGER THAN WE PLANNED. WE CANT WAIT TO GO BACK TO WHAT WE CALL 'OUR PIECE OF HEAVEN' ...........TnT

Filed By: Sharon Payne (Hot Springs, AR)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: School group was on the river, but they were fun to watch! The kayaking was absolutely a thrill for this beginner. Class I and II rapids, and beautiful scenery. Water is very cold!Put in at Dam 3 and out below Many Islands. Also saw lots of wading fishermen with nice stringers of fish. Was there May 24 thru 27th, 20004.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Last Saturday in September was my first time to float the Spring River in my kayake. The experience was great. Started at dam 3 and took out at Spring River Oaks. Encountered lots of fishermen & canoers. They were helpful in advising the best routes to take at the rapids/falls. I usually float the White River but the Spring was much more exciting. I even experienced my first spill. Everyone around was helpful in recovering items floating away. There are so many rapids/falls that I wish that there were a map describing them and the best ways through. I look forward to my next float on the Spring River but I want to be sure the weather is warm because I'll probably end up in the water again.

Filed By: terry c (miami, fla)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: hi my names terry i went to the spring river every year since 1976. i go to trout fish and caNOE .i have enjoyed this river for many years and find it to be one of the best places to take a vacation . i have beenon the spring river at all times of the year and really had fun with my cousin on the 4th of july it was crowded but a lot of fun i also have caught lotts of fish including rainbows browns and small mouth bass

Filed By: Lynn (Millington, TN)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My friend, Sonja and I like to kayak Spring River year round but prefer to go when the river is at least 4'on the Imboden guage. Our first trip in 2002 was April 28 and the Imboden guage read 5.61. We put in at Dam III and took out at Spring River Valley, which is 1/2 mile up river from Hardy. It's a 16 mile trip and we enjoy every minute of it. We try to avoid holidays because the river can really get crowded. If you can go on a weekday you might just have the river to yourself. When the water is high the river is a class II & III. When the water is low it is class I & II.


More Information

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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