State 22 of 50: Arkansas – Mulberry River

Green waters of the Ozarks
Date Paddled: May 15, 2017
Nearest City: Fayetteville
Put-In: Turner Bend
Take-Out: Campbell’s Cemetary
Duration: 3.5 hours
River Miles: 10 miles
Shuttle: 7.5 miles gravel road
Weather: sunny becoming partly cloudy 80
Difficulty: class I-II with some snags and strainers
Cfs: 1120

Thinking that the Mulberry would be a “cute” river, I realized I was grossly mistaken! The river was running at 1120 cfs and with it flooding its banks in many places, this paddle had its fair share of exciting class I and II whitewater.
For green and blue beauty, the rivers of the Ozarks can’t be beat!


DSCN5620With a few canoeists and houses set nicely back from the river, it’s a great run. Herons, kingfishers, tree swallows, cardinals, and hawks were in abundance. Many turtles were up basking in the spring warmth.