A number of AGFC access areas on the White and North Fork of the White (Norfork) Rivers were impacted by the Buffalo River and Crooked Creek flooding that occurred last Monday and Tuesday in Baxter and Izard Counties. I would advise anyone putting in or taking out at access areas between Rim Shoals Access and Calico Rock Access on the White River, or at the Bill Ackerman Access on Norfork to use caution.
Debris from the flood can be found all around the access areas and flood waters have damaged some facilities, including the handicap boater transport lift at the Norfork Access. Several portable restrooms are also out of commission at this time. Mud, silt, and gravel covered many of the parking lots, though some have already been cleared.
While the AGFC works to assess damages and arrange repairs and clean-ups, anglers should use caution while fishing at these accesses and especially while boating. Large debris, including logs, rootwads, and boulders have been displaced by the flood waters and your ability to see them in the water may still be limited at this time.
Thanks for your patience as we work to get the accesses back to normal. Hope you all had a nice holiday season.
Trout Biologist Supervisor