Crooked Creek, "the blue-ribbon Smallmouth Bass fishing stream of the state," offers spectacular scenery and Class I to II rapids characterized by deep pools, fast chutes, and clear water.
In addition to its reputation as one of the best Smallmouth Bass fishing areas, Crooked Creek also provides habitat for many other species including channel catfish and several varieties of sunfish.
Meandering its way through northern Arkansas to the White River, it passes through rolling hills, cedar glades, bluffs, thickets, and lush pastures typical to the Ozark landscape.
Nearby roads are well hidden by the gorgeous trees along the creek. Paddling in late-fall is especially beautiful when the plants along the creek begin changing colors.
Canoe camping can be done along the creek, but paddlers should be aware of flash flood potential and set up camp well above the waterline to avoid an unpleasant surprise in the middle of the night.
Many other great Arkansas paddling destinations like the Buffalo National River and its tributaries are nearby and offer fine camping choices as well.
About 52 miles from Harmon, Crooked Creek is off the beaten path, but the drive is beautiful too, so bring your camera.
Although the stream is most navigable from October through June, it's best in late-October through late-April, during the "rainy" season.
These photos were taken by Tony on his recent Smallmouth Bass trip down Crooked Creek.