Little Red River
One of the most popular fishing and floating streams in Arkansas, the lower Little Red River flows from the base of Greers Ferry Dam near the town of Heber Springs. The main reason for its popularity is trout–thousands and thousands of which are stocked in the stream on a regular basis. The beautiful scenery and access are also good reasons.
The Little Red River is generally a good year-round float. The condition of the river is dependent upon generation periods of the powerhouse at the dam. It becomes very swift and dangerous in spots when water is released, but after generation ceases, the Little Red reverts to a peaceful Ozark mountain stream with long, gentle pools and numerous shoals. During periods of high flow, the river should be floated only by experienced boaters.
Most of the land bordering the river is privately-owned and is posted. Always check with landowners before attempting access to the river via private property.
The scenery is outstanding, easily good enough to offset one of those rare occasions when the fish aren’t biting. As it cuts through beautiful Ozark foothills, the Little Red provides excellent year-round viewing.
The Little Red is among the real blue-ribbon trout streams of America and takes her place alongside the White as one of the best in the South. Hundreds of thousands of rainbow trout are stocked here annually, and periodic releases of brown trout have produced an excellent fishery for that species as well.