Information on North Fork Of Blakely Cr.
Location: Hot Springs County. Take exit 91 (Social Hill) off I-30 and
head east on Hwy 84 about 3 miles then turn left on county
road 13 (830 in the Delorme Atlas) just before the store on
the left. After the road turns to dirt it's about 1/4 mile
turn left 50 yds. to the takeout; to get to the put-in go
back to CR 13 and turn left when the main road turns right
stay straight until the road makes a sharp left and you're
Topo Quad(s): N/A
Length: 1.5 mi.
Gauge: There should be at least 6 inches of water over the low
water bridge at the put-in for the creek to be runnable.
You will cross over the main fork of Blakely Creek between
the exit and the turn on the county road if it's not high
and muddy the water's probably too low.
Hazards: Downed trees
Description: The first 3/8 of a mile has numerous 1-3 feet drops
separated by short pools with fast current and some waves.
One rapid about 1/4 of a mile from the put-in is a double
drop and the clear path on the first drop doesn't line up
with the second drop path quick maneuvering is required.
After you go through Car Cruncher (there's a crunched car
on the right bank) beware of downed trees. Then after you
go through a channel in the willows barely wide enough for
a kayak the rapids lose intensity and the pools get longer
until right before the takeout where there's a 2 foot drop
followed by 50 yds. of waves. The creek is never very far
from the road and it could be floated into the Main Fork
of Blakely Creek and use Hwy 84 as a takeout. Don't expect
a large volume of water on this swift narrow stream
unless you float into the main fork. Thanks to
firstname.lastname@example.org for info on this creek.
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