Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Pine Creek Fundraiser

Class III and IV whitewater in Oklahoma?? You bet. Flagpole Mountain near Clayton, Oklahoma is a unique plateau unlike any other area of the Ouachita Mountains. It offers ten (or more) whitewater streams for paddlers to explore, ranging from Class II to IV+, and is a short drive from Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Little Rock, Dallas, and Shreveport, Louisiana.

Let that sink in for a second. These runs are some of the most accessible whitewater segments for middle America.  Paddleable segments include Buck Creek , Pine Creek , Clear Creek , Maxwell Creek , Little Cedar Creek, East Fork of Little Cedar Creek, Crumb Creek , and Wildcat Creek, although we suspect many more lie untouched on top of Flagpole Mountain. Of these, Pine and Buck are known to hold water for multiple days after a good rain.

The kicker is that we needed a gauge on which to base the water levels. Previously, there was no true way of knowing if any of these creeks were running without  calculating rain totals and driving hours based on a hunch. In 2016, thanks to donations from numerous sources, including the Arkansas Canoe Club and OKC Kayak, that dream became a reality. The Pine Creek gauge is now ideally situated on beautiful Pine Creek, a sporty Class III run . The gauge provides dependable pool-height readings and can be accessed here. Once we understand the minimum level, we will be linking the gauge to American Whitewater and the Ozark Creek Information Summary.  Our best guess at a minium floatable level currently is at least 7 feet on the gauge.

Funding will be the major issue moving forward. Per USGS, the maintenance fees total $4,000 annually. Your funds will be put directly towards helping us keep this treasured gauge. While there are some plans in the mix to secure long-term funding, 2018 and 2019 will be pivotal years for this project because it will allow explorers to calibrate the ideal levels and educate other paddlers about the area. We need your help now!

Any paddlers living in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas stand to benefit from this gauge, as do any whitewater boaters travelling along the I-30, I-40, and I-35 corridors. The Flagpole Mountain creeks often run when nothing is going in Arkansas. There are state parks within a thirty minute drive of the gauge itself.  This is very real opportunity to advance whitewater paddling in Oklahoma and we ask that you be a part of it.

Here's the breakdown:
1. We need to raise $2, 273 by April 1 (of 2018) to keep the gauge alive through 2019.
2. After that, we will need to  raise $2,600 to support the gauge through March of 2020.

Both of these totals include GoFundMe's charges.  All donated funds are overseen by a collection of Arkansas Canoe Club-affiliated paddlers, so you can rest assured that your donation will go straight towards funding this gauge (ain't no funny business going on here). Anything you can donate will go a long way to helping us open up Flagpole Mountain to the whitewater community!

To learn more, visit!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The First Trashy Tuesday of 2018 Is Complete

We Turned Out For The First Trashy Tuesday of 2018

The first "Trashy Tuesday" of the new year is officially complete!  The ACA puts a priority on cleanup and environmental conservation.  The Trashy Tuesday tradition is a monthly river cleanup organized by the Willamette River Keepers and supported by the ACA and various municipalities throughout the Willamette River Valley. The cleanups take place along the full length of the Willamette River and several of its tributaries from Portland to Eugene Oregon. In Eugene the cleanups are scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of each month and focus on a different section of river depending on the amount of trash. These cleanups are incredibly important because not only do they help keep the local communities safer, looking nicer and healthier; they also affect every community down river and even world wide as this trash has the potential to reach the ocean and end up anywhere on the globe, on a beach, in our fish or in the ocean’s depths. So find your local river cleanup opportunity and do your part to help.  Oregonians near the Willamette Valley who wish to get involved should visit