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Description - The Strawberry River has convenient access, interesting scenery and a small mouth bass fishery. Because of its fine qualities, the stream's upper section has been placed in Arkansas's Natural and Scenic Rivers System. The river itself has easy rapids, deep pools and clear water. In many places canoeists are sheltered by overhanging trees and the surrounding country is quiet and peaceful.

Supplies can be obtained in the nearby communities of Ash Flat, Evening Shade, or Cave City, but bring your own boat since rentals are not available locally. The nearest camping facilities are at lake Charles State Park, located about 15 miles east of Jesup.

Recreation - Float trips on three sections of the river offer gravel bars, sandy beaches and good fishing. The gravel-bottomed Strawberry offers ideal habitat for channel catfish, one of the primary sport fish found here. These sleek underwater bulldogs usually lurk near rocks and downed timber out of strong current. Crayfish are their primary forage and consequently the best bait, but channel cats will take a variety of other offerings, including worms, minnows, catalpa worms, liver and stink bait. Huge flathead catfish also haunt the Strawberry, offering heart-pounding thrills to catfish fishermen.

For floating, the time to visit the Strawberry is in the spring of the year. The river is also a prime candidate for wade fishing when water levels are too low for a successful boat trip.

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 - Flowing out of the Ozark foothills in north central Arkansas, the Strawberry River begins just a few miles west of Salem in Fulton County and then meanders in a southeasterly direction for slightly over 100 miles before merging with the Black River.

Primary points of access include U.S. 167 near Evening Shade, a low water bridge north of Arkansas Hwy. 56 and about halfway between Evening Shade and Poughkeepsie, the Arkansas Hwy. 58 crossing, and the Arkansas Hwy. 115 crossing near Jesup. The Sharp County General Highway Map may help in locating these and other put-in/take-out points.

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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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