Water Trail Distances
Benson Creek Access – Hickson Lake Access: 6.5 miles
Hickson Lake Access – Bayou DeView: 0.8 miles
Hickson Lake Access – Rock Island Road Access: 2.9 miles
Rock Island Road Access – Apple Lake Access: 1.5 miles
Apple Lake Access – Bank of Brinkley Access: 4.3 miles
Benson Creek Access – Bank of Brinkley Access: 15.2 miles
Bayou DeView flows north to south.
Expect to travel 1-2 miles per hour. Bayou DeView is free of rapids, although high water is dangerous. Always keep a trail marker in sight. The main channel is not always distinct so a GPS unit, map and compass are needed. This map is a representation of the trail; water levels may affect the route. Respect private property marked by fences, signs or purple paint.
Check weather forecasts and file a float plan; tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return. Plan your trip so your paddling skills are equal to the water conditions.
Don’t Get a Ticket!
According to Arkansas law, children 12 and under must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket and anyone on a boat must have one ready to use. Vessels 16 feet and longer must have a throwable life preserver (type IV) aboard. Glass containers are illegal in boats such as canoes and kayaks that can be easily swamped. Paddlers must securely fasten cooler lids, and use attached mesh litter bags and floating holders for beverages.
Wildlife and Habitat
Birds include barred owls, prothonotary warblers, red-headed and pileated woodpeckers, great blue herons, wintering bald eagles and a variety of waterfowl. Watch for beavers, muskrats, deer and raccoons as they travel and feed along the bayou. Cypress-tupelo brakes are scattered throughout low-lying areas; some cypress trees are more than 850 years old. Overcup, water and Nuttall oaks, and sweetgum dominate the forest, although bottomland hardwood forests have become fragmented. The Cache-Lower White Rivers Wetland of International Importance includes Sheffield Nelson Dagmar Wildlife Management Area
and Cache River National Wildlife Refuge
Free campsites (marked by blue paint) are available on Dagmar WMA
. The sites, occupied on a first-come, first-served basis, offer no amenities. Camping is not allowed on Cache River NWR
The bayou offers fishing for crappie and bream. Minnows, jigs, spinners and light line are recommended. Fish for catfish on the bottom of the bayou with worms, minnows and stink baits. Check AGFC regulations.
Be aware of hunting seasons; wear hunter orange when appropriate. Licenses and permits are required on Dagmar WMA
and Cache River NWR
. Check current regulations for season dates and details.
Monroe County EMS 911
Monroe County Sheriff 870-747-3811
Wildlife Hotline 800-440-1477
AGFC Brinkley Office 870-734-4581
Cache River National Wildlife Refuge 870-347-2614