Shirley Creek Float Camp

The Basics

Shirley Creek Float Camp
AR Highway 88
Pencil Bluff, AR

Phone: (479) 394-2382 (Mena District Office)

GPS: N34.6112528, W93.8272333

Closest Towns: Mt. Ida, Norman, Pencil Bluff, Story

Directions: From Pencil Bluff, head West on AR Hwy 88 for approx. 6.1 miles. Turn Left onto FR#7991/Shirley Creek Ln and go about ½ mile to the entrance.

About Shirley Creek

The picturesque and scenic Ouachita River is one of the most beautiful and clear rivers in the Ouachitas. Beginning in the Ouachita Mountains near Mena, AR, the Ouachita River is a popular floating and fishing river as it flows easterly through the Ouachita National Forest, eventually becoming part of Lake Ouachita and Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs, before continuing its journey south towards Louisiana.

Beginning near Pine Ridge, AR, the Ouachita offers about 45 miles of floatable river until it become Lake Ouachita near AR Hwy 27. Along this stretch, there are seven landing sites, five of which are float camps. These float camps include Shirley Creek, Rocky shoals, Fulton Branch. Dragover and River Bluff. All five float camps are free to the public. These Float camps typically have openings, even on some holiday weekends when other campgrounds are full. Only rarely are these float camps filled up.

Shirley Creek Float Camp is located off of AR Hwy 88, west Pencil Bluff, and is situated right on the banks of the Ouachita River approx. 6 miles downstream from the Pine Ridge Access. This float camp offers six camping sites, as well as picnicking sites, a vault toilet and canoe access to the river.

Shirley Creek Float Camp is typically open Spring through Fall for overnight use, and is available for day use only the rest of the year.

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