Today, Friday, May 27, 2016
BIG PINEY CREEK is 5.3 at Long Pool @ 7:00 a.m.
Still too high for rentals this morning, and more rain is in the forecast for later this morning. We will watch to see how much rain hits the watershed. Hopefully it will miss us and we will be able to rent boats Saturday, Sunday, & Monday. Even if we do rent, it's going to be high. We will only rent to ADULTS with previous whitewater paddling experience! If you have made reservations, keep an eye on our webpage and Facebook for updates.
Sorry, no dogs allowed in our boats, take-out, or campground.
When the creek is at a safe level, kids must be 9 years old for the Long Pool to Twin Bridges run, and 14 for the Helton's Farm to Long Pool/Twin Bridges run and in the boat with a parent. They can not sit in the middle of the canoe!
No boats to Helton's after 12:00 noon!
If you need any whitewater gear, we have NRS PFD's, dry bags & Pelican boxes! Thanks for supporting your local outfitter!
PLEASE NOTE: NO DOGS IN OUR BOATS, CAMPGROUND, OR TAKE OUT. NO EXCEPTIONS!
There are a couple of pretty serious spots on the creek right now.
Upper Run, Helton's to Long Pool Approximately 2 miles below put-in, just past Crabaugh's Cabin in Summer's Bend there is a tree down almost across the creek. It's a huge tree and the current is going right into it. You have to paddle and stay river left. Do NOT get sucked in to the tree! It looks like the lower it gets the more difficult it might be.
Lower Run, Long Pool to Twin Bridges Just above the Twin Bridges (take-out) there is a tree down and all the current is again running right in to it. You have to paddle hard to keep from getting washed in to it. The lower the level the harder it is going to be. Several people have been washed through and under the tree.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE JUNGLE RAPID! It's still a hazard. The trees on river right are not sticking out in to the current as bad as they were, but they are still dangerous if you get washed in to them. There are still root balls below in the current. You have to paddle to avoid them...PADDLE AWAY FROM THEM, which ever side is open!
Creekfest 2016 is just a few weeks away! Hard to believe! We have another awesome lineup this year! It's become a Memorial Day tradition, so, young or old, you should put it on your calendar and check it out! If you like camping, good music, and great people, all in one location, then Creekfest is a must do! Tickets are now on sale! Call us, go to www.bigpineycreekfest.com or find us on Facebook...just search for Creekfest!
Still have a few dates open for our Indian Creek Cabin! Hummingbirds have returned! Springtime is special In the Ozark National Forest and there's so much to do! Book a reservation for a weekend and take advantage of it! Get on the creek, go hiking, ride the back roads on your bike, or in your side X side or other off-road vehicle, and come back for dinner on the deck or a soak in the Jacuzzi! Our "tiny" cabin is available for rental for two.
You can not bring glass on the creek. That includes, but is not limited to alcohol, pickles, mayo, peppers, etc.! Anything in glass will get you a ticket. This is for all of our protection. I have seen first hand what stepping on broken glass, or falling on broken glass can do, and it is NOT pretty! Transfer your stuff to plastic! You also must have a mesh trash bag. The Arkansas Game & Fish has given us bags to give out if you need one. Tie it to your boat. It is reusable. You must have a lifejacket in the boat for each person...adults must have them in the boat, children must wear them. We rent lifejackets and sell them if you need one. Your beverage must be in a floatable coozie, so if you turn over, you are not littering, your can will float and it is retrievable. Your ice chest must lock, or be tied shut, also so if you turn over it will not come open and dump the contents, which is littering. These are the laws. If you go by them you will be fine. If you don't, you might have an expensive trip down the creek and/or river. Tickets range from $150 up!
Our campground is open and ready for campers. We now have hot showers and flush toilets...just like home! Stop by the store or our house and let us know you're wanting a spot, if it's after hours and we happen to not be around, go ahead and set up and get with us first thing the next morning. Just a note...Please, leave your dogs at home. No dogs are allowed in the campground! Please build your fire in an existing fire ring, or bring an above ground fire pit, no more fire rings (hard to mow around!) and no more fires on the ground (kills the grass!). Also no generators, no one wants to hear that!
We're also taking reservations for our Indian Creek Cabin. There is a link on here with pictures and we also have a Facebook page...Indian Creek Cabin! More trails and roads to ride than you can do in a weekend! Every season has it's perks...nothing like being snowed in with a fire and a Jacuzzi in winter. Spring brings on the blooming of many varieties of wild flowers, and budding of trees. The hummingbirds show up about mid-April and that's a cabin favorite...sit on the porch swing and watch the show. When summer hits, the hummingbird population abounds, a reason to come for a visit just to watch! The creeks usually hold enough water for a dip, even when it's hot. Take a ride and find a secluded pool, they're plentiful. You can't beat the fall in Arkansas, the mountains are ablaze with color. If you like to ride 4-wheelers in the Piney Creek area it's an ideal spot, just right over the hill from Helton's Farm, a few short miles from Buzzard Roost, and Moccasin Gap is a nearby favorite! There's dirt roads and trails to check out. It's a specialty cabin, honeymoon and anniversaries, or just a get away for the two of you!
Big Piney Creek is not a creek to start out on. It is not for beginners. It is not for children, unless you're a seasoned/experienced paddler and then you probably have your own boat. We do not allow children under the age of 9 in our rental boats. Moore Outdoors' policy for rental: Minimum age for kids is 14 for the upper run (Helton's Farm down) and 9 for the lower run (Long Pool down) and they must be second paddler in a canoe with their parent or a passenger in a raft with their parent. They can not sit in the middle of a canoe, there is a block of foam floatation. Parents must be experienced paddlers in order to take kids in the boat with them. If we feel that water levels are, or may become unsafe for minors we will NOT rent boats under ANY circumstances!
WATER LEVELS ( based on the Long Pool gauge)
You must add .7 to the USGS reading to correlate with the Long Pool gauge
6.0 & above Too high, no rentals
5.0 to 6.0 High, raft rentals only, experienced adult paddlers
4.5 to 5.0 Big waves,fast current,whitewater experience needed!
4.0 to 4.5 Good level, nice waves, need paddling experience
3.5 to 4.0 Few more rocks exposed, no dragging, more technical
3.0 to 3.5 A little slower, may need to paddle through the pools
2.5 to 3.0 Too low for Heltons, good run Long Pool - Twin Bridge
2.0 to 2.5 Low but floatable Long Pool - Twin Bridges
1.8 to 2.0 Very low, good fishing, probably have to get out of the boat a time or two.
* Moore Outdoors * 3827 SR 164 W * Dover, Arkansas * 72837 * 479-331-3606 *