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Middle Fork of the Saline River, Arkansas
Report by Marc W. McCord

Middle Fork of the Saline River

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Information for this reach coming soon!
See links to tributaries already on-line at the bottom of the page

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General Description

The Middle Fork of the Saline River forms near Jessieville in Garland County and then flows southeasterly through Hot Springs Village in Saline County to its confluence with the Alum Fork a few miles west of the North Fork confluence where the main stem of the Saline River forms at Benton.


Central Arkansas, in Saline and Hot Spring Counties, between Hot Springs National Park and Benton. Little Rock is less than a half hour away to the northeast on IH 30.

Distance from major cities

Little Rock 35 miles; Texarkana 120 miles; Fort Smith 165 miles; Oklahoma City 320 miles; Kansas City 486 miles; Dallas 290 miles; Austin 500 miles; San Antonio 560 miles; Houston 420 miles; Albuquerque 861 miles; Phoenix 1,305 miles; Denver 920 miles; Grand Junction 1,166 miles; Salt Lake City 1,420 miles (all distances are approximate and depend upon starting point, destination point at the river and route taken.)

Water Quality and Flow Rates

Best times to go

Hazards to navigation

River access points

Campgrounds and accommodations

Liveries, outfitters and shuttle services

There is at least one known outfitter located in Benton who offers canoe and kayak rentals, as well as shuttles, on various reaches of the Saline River. If not contracting with that outfitter bring everything you need, and either run your own shuttles or hook up with other boaters in the area for shuttles.

Reviewer's comments

Technical Data
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Length miles
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Last Take-out
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USGS Gauge Web:
Boats Canoes, Kayaks, Rafts
Permits No

Saline Forks River map courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and the Arkansas Paddlers' Guide

Saline Forks River map courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and the Arkansas Floaters' Guide.

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Canoeman River Guide Service - Guided river trips in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah

Arkansas Canoe Club - Promoting the sport of paddling

Lone Star Paddler - the paddlesports web site of Marc W. McCord

Click the links below for information regarding the section of the Ouachita River and its tributaries where you want to paddle.

Ouachita River

[ Ouachita River Homepage ] [ SH 88 to SH 27 ] [ Remmel Dam to Arkadelphia ] [ Arkadelphia to SH 128 ]
[ SH 128 to Camden ] [ Camden to US Highway 79 ] [ US Highway 79 to Moro Bay State Park ]


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