Part of what makes floating an Arkansas creek or river so unique is the water's elusiveness. The first time I saw this stretch of Richland Creek was 4 years ago. Some friends and I navigated our cars around a giant rockslide that blocked the road to Richland campground; eventually we found the entire campground to ourselves. Perfect. Early the next morning, we hiked up the creek to Richland Falls. The creek was so low we crossed it without so much as hiking the shorts up. Even then, I looked at the house sized boulders interrupting the water's path, and imagined what it would be like kayaking through it. I wondered if I would be able to kayak it. I would have to wait.

Four years later and an unlikely rainstorm chased me into Arkansas as I arrived home with my kayak sitting in my passenger seat….finally.

The water was around 3.2 at the put in gauge.

Thanks to all the guys who showed us down on our first Richland float. It was a good day and a good crew.

Music - John Doe "Losing Kind"
- I Monster "Stobart's Blues"

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