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Cadron CreeOutfitters...

 54 Cargile Lane

 Greenbrier, AR  72254



How many miles of river in the watershed can one paddle?   

Combining all the forks of the Cadron -- East, Middle and North -- and all its major tributaries that offer off-the-grid exploration  -- Cove Creek, Batesville Creek,  Pine Mountain Creek, Beaver Creek, Clear Creek, Cedar Creek, and Cypress Creek  -- there are over 200 miles of  wonderful water here to paddle.  And all just outside our back door!  

Are they all accessible to paddlers?

Yes, we have personally enjoyed every river mile and invite to come enjoy the Cadron and its wonders for yourself.  Whether coming for just an after-work adventure or a full week of expedition  time on the Cadron will bring you back home and far away from the worries of the world.   Guaranteed.

To help you navigate the many paddling options offered by the Cadron the following "mile markers" may be used as a guide:


Gravesville - Mile 0 (Black Hill Road Bridge)

Very intriguing.  Here the Cadron is narrow and winding

and the trees conceal it from the sun.  

Easy float with many places to stop and fish.  

Long pools.  Few rapids. 


1.1 Miles                        - Utility Easement

2.1 Miles                        - "Cherokee Treaty Boundary",  Easement

4.6 Miles                       - "Tight Twist Loop" (Class I - II)

4.8 Miles                        - Stream Enters on Left

5.1 Miles                         - "The Bluffs" (Class I+)

County Road 610 - Mile 8.2

This stretch cuts though White Oak Mountain. 

Junction of the North and Middle Forks of the Cadron.   

Gooch Bend.  Open pastures and woods.  

Easy float with many places to stop and fish  A lot of wildlife


  8.6 Miles                     - Stream enters on right

10.1 Miles                      - Stream enters on left,  "Gooch Bend Cut"

10.2 Miles                      - "Gooch Bend" (Class I+) 

10.3 Miles                      - Stream enters from left, "Red Oak Bluff" 

11.5 Miles                       - Middle Fork enters from left

11.9 Miles                      - Stream enters from left


 Highway 124 - Mile 12.7

Nice intimate stretch offering a slow to moderately paced float trip suitable for larger groups and families.  

Great for the lone fisherman or paddler looking to get away from it all.  Bluffs get higher and rapids are more numerous.  

Our favorite winter run for icicles -- ice climbing is so cool!

14.0 Miles                       - Kennimer Branch enters from left

15.1 Miles                        - Utility Easement

15.2 Miles                        - Pumpkin Center Circle (uphill on left)

15.3 Miles                        - Stream enters from right

16.4 Miles                        - King Branch enters from left

17.1 Miles                        - Stillhouse Branch enters from left

Hartwick Mill Bridge - Mile 17.2

 Paddlers will find moss covered bluffs, wooded hillsides, waterfalls and a pleasant adventure.  

Pace picks up after Batesville Mountain Campground with narrow chutes, numerous rapids and frequent obstacles.  

Nice stretch for those learning to paddle or taking time to fish.   

17.3 Miles                        - Hartwick Grist Mill  - remnant stone dams 

 18.4 Miles                        - Stream enters from right

18.8 Miles                        - Stream enters from left

 20.6 Miles                        - "Treasure Falls" - be respectful of land

21.0 Miles                        - BATESVILLE MOUNTAIN CAMPGROUND

21.4 Miles                        - "Sparky's Minurets" (Class I-II)

 22.0 Miles                        - "Here We Go" (Class I+)

22.6 Miles                        - Wolf Pen Branch enters from left

 22.7 Miles                        - "Wolf Pen" (Class II)

23.9 Miles                        - "Big Bluff Loop" "Big Bertha Falls" (Class II)

24.5 Miles                        -  Stream from left

25.7 Miles                         - "Indian Rockhouse" (Class I+)

 26.0 Miles                         - "Sarah's Wave" (Class II)

Pinnacle Springs Campground - Mile 26. 0

Most popular stretch due to easy access, short float time and intense scenery.   

This four-mile reach offers a condensed version of a grand Cadron adventure.  

More rapids, more waterfalls, more bluffs, more of everything per river mile than on any  reach on the Cadron.   

26.0 Miles                        - "Sarah's Wave" (Class II)
26.1 Miles                        - "Playground" (Class II/II+)
26.4 Miles                        - "Backup" (Class I+)
26.5 Miles                        - "Island Twist" (Class I+)
26.6 Miles                        - Pinnacle Springs -- ghost town, be respectful
26.7 Miles                        - Pinnacle Springs Bridge -- Access on Left
26.9 Miles                        - Stream enters from left, "Rain Shelter"
27.1 Miles                        - "Moo Poo Shoals (Class II+)" "Tree Jump"
27.2 Miles                        - "Lunch Stop" (Class II)
27.3 Miles                        - "Pass or Catch" (Class II)
27.4 Miles                        - Pinnacle Points Gap, old river bed
27.5 Miles                        - Stream enters on right - old river bed
27.7 Miles                        - "Hidden Beauty", "Professor'" (Class I+)
27.9 Miles                        - "Professor's Pool", "Trickle Falls"
28.1 Miles                        - "Owl's Nest Bluff", "Cathedral Rock" (Cl I-II)
28.3 Miles                        - "Hidden Hollow Falls"
28.5 Miles                         - "Blow Out Bluff", "Blow Out" (Class I+)
28.8 Miles                        - "Turkey Island"
29.1 Miles                         -  Daddy's Knee", "Face It" (Class II/II+)
29.2 MIles                         - Stream enters from left
29.3 Miles                         - "Park and Stop" (Class II/II+)               
29.4 Miles                         - "Bear's Cave"

Highway 65 Bridge - Mile 30.0


Adventure begins with an easy launch and some of the the most picturesque scenery to be found on the Cadron  

by way of boat.   This is a favorite of fishermen and day-trippers and offers everything you'd expect from the Cadron: 

big fish-filled pools separated by  numerous rapids including the infamous Rock of Gibralter.   Another Cadron classic!

30.5 Miles                        - RIVER CAMP ONE

31.6 Miles                        - "Alum Bluff", "Alum Cave"

31.7 Miles                         - SOB! - South Omaha Bluff  Jump

32.8 Miles                        - "Tee's Loop" (Class II)

33.0 Miles                        - "Soloman Bluff" (Class I-II)

35.0 Miles                        - "Rock of Gilbralter" (Class II-II+)

36.3 Miles                        - Stream enters from left

36.5 Miles                        - Big Peavine Creek enters from left

36.6 Miles                        - Stream enters on right

37.6 Miles                         - "Good Drive" (Class I+)

38.8 Miles                         - Stream enters from right

39.6 Miles                         - "Illusion Bluff", "Pack and Grid Cabin"

39.9 Miles                         - Local Swimhole

Highway 285 Bridge - Mile 40.0


The North Fork of the Cadron now enters its alluvial plain and becomes a sluggish sloughway -- deep and murky.  Long pools and slack water create a sump for litter and trash however the surrounding majestic lowland hardwoods offer refuge to abounding wildlife and the fishing is surprisingly good.  Chalk another one up to the Cadron!

40.5 Miles                        - Cove Creek enters from right

40.6 Miles                        - RIVER CAMP TWO

40.9 Miles                        - "Lick Branch Cascades"

41.0 Miles                        - Malletown Bridge and Cemetery

41.8 Miles                        - Jacks Fork enters from left

45.6 Miles                        - Springfield Road Bridge

45.7 Miles                        - "Old Springfield Bridge" - circa 1874! Stolen!!

53.5 Miles                        - Cypress Creek enters from right

54.0 Miles                        - Shaw Bridge Road

56.9 Miles                        - Greenbrier Creek enters from left

57.6 Miles                        - East Fork of Cadron Creek enters from left

61.9 Miles                        - Interstate 40

65.8 Miles                       - Arkansas River



OK we did our part.   

Now you make the time for an adventure.  

We await your call.  

Cadron Creek Outfitters River Maps

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MAP #1HARTWICK MILL RUN - Mill Bridge to Pinnacle Springs Campground (9 miles) - 4 to 5 hours

This CCO favorite is recommended for families and beginning to intermediate paddlers.  The run starts so pleasant but as the creek pushes up against Batesville Mountain the canyon deepens and the tempo picks up with several Class II rapids.  The wilderness is nearly untouched and the short run at Big B Falls is regarded as the "most beautiful reach on the entire river".   Many times one is splashed by the falling water of Big Bertha before they actually see her and are swiftly carried away.    FYI:  Batesville Mountain campground is a great place to stop to picnic, swim, climb or hike Sparky's trail -- check out his "deer stand" overlook.
MAP #2Pinnacle Springs Run - Pinnacle Springs Campground to Highway 65 (4 miles) - 2 to 3 hours

This frolicking run is one of the most popular reaches on the creek -- and for good reason.  Here the gradient averages 13 feet per mile and the paddler will encounter many rocky shoals, rapids and some pretty impressive "wave trains" at higher water levels.  Class II+ paddling skills are strongly encouraged at water levels over 3.5 feet when this reach offers play boaters the largest concentration of "play waves" and "surf holes" to be found on the Cadron.   Bear's Cave and Blow-Out Bluff are popular stops -- leave no trace!  
Head's Up:   Many paddlers have been spanked at "Daddy's Knee" -- with its brisk S-curve, a root wad (river left) and straight on bluff shot at its end (river right).  Daddy's Knee will test one's skills at boat control:  beware of strainers and undercuts and get low and lean into the bluff at the end.  There is a cheat route "pull through" on river right  and if things go amiss there is a recovery beach on river left opposite the bluff.   
Great scenery and delightful water nearly always leaves one wanting more -- and we have it!