Dallas Downriver Club

Labor Day on the Spring River near mammouth Spring, Ar

Date: August 29- September 1, 2014 Sponsor: DDRC
River: Spring River Trip Leader: Bryan Jackson
Reach: Mammouth Spring Area Phone: 972-979-2519
Difficulty: Whitewater Class I to III depending on flow * (See scale below)  E-mail: paddlinpals@yahoo.com
Rendezvous: Friday  Required Skills: Moving water/Whitewater experience, proper protective gear, base camping
Campground: Southfork Resort

Trip Description: 

If you want to try something a bit more  challenging , this is the trip for you. Go grab your copy of Rivers and Rapids or look it up on Southwest Paddler  or American Whitewater.  Make sure that you are ready for this trip before committing. 

If you want to come, I need you to RSVP by email in advance so that I know how many are coming and so I can send direct emails on trip plans and details. 

We will base camp at a Southfork Resort and do day paddles on Saturday and Sunday. I have reserved a group area for tents, but if you plan to take a camper or RV, please call Southfork directly to make a reservation at 870-895-2803.

  The whole run is only about 15 miles, but we may break it up depending on how crowded it is and how long it takes us to do the upper section. 

Pot luck dinners on Saturday and Sunday nights, bring only enough for your group as we always have too much. Bring lunch stuff for the river. 

Bring your river safety gear. helmet, throw ropes, first aid, etc. . If you paddle a kayak, you will definitely want a tight spray skirt.

Directions from Dallas, I 30 E to Little Rock, AR , then take US 167 N for 128 miles to Ash Flat and turn left on US 62 for about two miles the right on AR 289 for about 7 miles to the campground.

Southfork Resort, AR

Push Pin for Southfork Resort

* 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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