Water Trail Length
7.8 miles; North Road to Robinwood Road - 3.5 miles; Robinwood Road to Fire Tower Road - 4.3 miles
Expect to travel 1-2 miles per hour, depending on water level and rate of paddling.
A train trestle 0.3 miles upstream from the Robinwood Road Access can create a logjam. Approach with caution and portage if necessary.
Wattensaw Bayou usually is a flat-water float. However, heavy rain and high water can create dangerous conditions. Watch for snags and logjams.
At normal water levels, a shuttle vehicle is not needed for this float. Put in at any of the access points and paddle upstream or downstream. Wattensaw Bayou flows east toward the White River.
Wildlife and Habitat
Wattensaw Bayou offers wonderful wildlife-viewing opportunities. Watch for prothonotary warblers, red-headed and pileated woodpeckers, great blue herons, bald eagles and a variety of waterfowl. Watch for beavers, muskrats, deer and raccoons as they travel and feed in and around the bayou. Overcup oak, bald cypress, blackgum and water tupelo trees make up much of the forest.
The bayou offers fishing for crappie and bream. Minnows, jigs, spinners and light line are recommended. Fish on the bottom of the bayou for catfish with worms, minnows and stink baits.
Hunters seek deer, turkey, quail and small game on Mike Freeze Wattensaw WMA. Be aware of hunting seasons and wear hunter orange when appropriate. Check hunting regulations for additional information.
Arkansas law prohibits glass containers in boats such as canoes and kayaks that are susceptible to swamping. Paddlers must fasten cooler lids, attach and use a mesh litter bag, and use a floating holder for beverages.
Water conservation is one way to ensure the natural heritage of Arkansas is protected. To conserve rivers and streams, keep them clean, maintain native vegetation and participate in river clean-ups. Click here to join an Arkansas Steam Team.
Respect Private Property
Please respect private property along navigable streams. Private property may be marked by fences, signs or purple paint. Avoid stopping on private property whenever possible. Keep noise levels low and plan your stops on public land.
Prairie County EMS 911
Prairie County Sheriff (870) 256-4137
Wildlife Hotline (800) 440-1477