We got up Sat AM and made sausage, eggs, toast, juice for breakfast. About 9am we took the yaks and truck up hwy 10 a few miles to a launch site (No Head Hollow). The trip back to the campground is about 13 miles. We got unloaded and took off about 10am. The river has some large limestone bluffs and the water flow was decent. We fished and caught plenty of small, smallmouth but one managed 13" and was fat. There are no real hazards along this stretch but as always there are some downed trees that made some good strainers. I spotted an aluminum canoe wedged into some trees in the water. Another guy along got a rope on it and tossed to me out wading in the river. My oldest and I managed to pull it our then got the water out of it. It was an outfitters canoe and I am sure someone got charged for it. We towed it downriver and gave it to another outfitter who dropped it off with the owner. After a couple of hours we stopped and had our fine lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, and apples. Got back on the river and just made our way lazily downriver. We did not see any Bald Eagles but did see quite a few Ospreys. There is a nice rock formation they call “Elephant Rock” along the way, last picture below. We made it back to the camp around 2:30pm. The clear sky had given in to clouds but the temps were still very warm, upper 60s. I talked to the wife and she said Dallas was getting rain and that Tahlequah was expecting up to 2 inches starting that night. Decided no tent again but did tie a tarp to the top of the truck and then the other two corners to the yaks and then just put the bags on the ground under that. We got a few drops during the night but not a lot. Sunday AM the skies really looked dark. We made breakfast then decided to pack up rather than paddle. Just as we got packed up and in the truck the rain got started. The is a fairly scenic river and I would certainly like to explore more of it. I am spoiled from my trip down the Buffalo River early this year. I may be making a trip up to the lower Buffalo this coming weekend for 3 nights on the river.
Get out and get wet,