Dallas Downriver Club

Overnight Trip On the Little River

Date: June 8-9, 2019 Sponsor: DDRC
River: Little (Oklahoma & Arkansas) Trip Leader: Bryan Jackson
Reach: Ashalintubbi to Horatio (~ 11 miles) Phone: 972-979-2519
Difficulty: Flatwater * (See scale below) E-mail: Bryan Jackson
Rendezvous: Little River Boat Ramp in Horatio, Arkansas, 9:00 AM Saturday, June 8, 2019 Required Skills: Basic flatwater paddling and camping experience
Campground: Camping on island a little over 3 miles below the put-in. Confirmation Deadline: ASAP

Trip Description:

This is a one night river camping trip on the Little River between Ashalintubbi, OK and Horatio, AR. If you want to try canoe camping, this is the trip to do it on. 

We will meet at the Arkansas SH 41 crossing of the Little River, consolidate vehicles and head up to the put in at Ashalintubbi.  The first day's paddle is only 3 miles, so once camp is set up on our gravel island, there is plenty of time for relaxing, eating, swimming and just enjoying the day.

We will have a pot luck dinner in the evening. Theme will be determined later. 

Gear Requirements:

Bring boats that are suitable for flatwater to minor Class I whitewater, PFD's (lifejackets), paddles (a spare is recommended), a whistle or other signalling device, throwbag, tent, ground pad, sleeping bag, clothing for cool, cold, wet and dry conditions, camp chair, headlamp, plate(s), flatware, drinking cup, personal toiletries and other items that you may want to have with you. A small cooler for drinks and lunches to be carried in your boat would be recommended. Wetsuits, drysuits with base layers or other water repellant clothing is strongly recommended in the event of cold temperatures. If participating in the Dutch Oven Cook-off, then be sure to bring your oven, charcoal and ingredients.

We will have a portable toilet system with privacy tent. Each person should furnish their own toilet paper.


Each person will be responsible for his or her own meals. We will have a poy luck dinner on Saturday night, just bring a dish (side, dessert, bread, etc.) of some sort to share with the group.

Back-up Plans:

If weather is not suitable for a trip, then it will be cancelled with no reschedule date.

Driving Directions:

From Dallas:

  • IH 30 East to SH 8 North near new Boston, then LEFT (North) on SH 8
  • SH 8 North becomes SH 41 North in Arkansas
  • SH 41 North to Little River
  • Turn LEFT to boat ramp just before crossing the Little River Bridge.
  • From Dallas (alternate route):

  • US Highway 75 North to SH 121 North at Melissa, then RIGHT (North on SH 121 North)
  • SH 121 North to US Highway 82 East at Bonham, then RIGHT (East) on US 82
  • US 82 East through Paris to IH 30, then veer left onto IH 30 East
  • IH 30 East to SH 8 North near new Boston, then LEFT (North) on SH 8
  • SH 8 North becomes SH 41 North in Arkansas
  • SH 41 North to Little River
  • Turn LEFT to boat ramp just before crossing the Little River Bridge.

  • * International Scale of River Difficulty

    Class I: Easy. Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight, self-rescue is easy.

    Class II: Novice. Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed.

    Class III: Intermediate. Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims.

    Class IV: Advanced. Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require "must" moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting is necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. A strong eskimo roll is highly recommended.

    Class V: Expert. Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to above average endangerment. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. At the high end of the scale, several of these factors may be combined. Scouting is mandatory but often difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is difficult even for experts. A very reliable eskimo roll, proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential for survival.

    Class VI: Extreme. One grade more difficult than Class V. These runs often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible. For teams of experts only, at favorable water levels, after close personal inspection and taking all precautions. This class does not represent drops thought to be unrunnable, but may include rapids which are only occasionally run.



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