This trip begins at the popular Cedar Falls Park and ends 9 miles downstream at Dunklin Bridge Road. Mostly characterized by flatwater, there are some exciting lengthy stretches of Class I-II rapids along the way.
Hours for the park are 9:00 am to dusk. River access is located river-left, with a very short trail leading from the south entrance of the park down to the river. More information and a detailed park map.
At the corner of Dunkin Bridge Road and Marler Road, a very short dirt path leads from the upstreamside of the road to underneath the bridge, river-left. Parking is limited, pull cars completely off the road and do not park on private property. This access is unofficial; use at your own risk.
Dunklin Bridge Road is only a 10 minute drive from Cedar Falls Park; shuttling cars should take less than half an hour. Paddlers should park at the southern entrance to Cedar Falls Park (not the entrance to the playground). Put in below the Cedar Falls Dam and shoals. A mile into the trip, paddlers will paddle through Horseshoe Bend, a 3,500 foot horseshoe-shaped bend in the river. McKittrick Bridge Road is the first road crossing, and there are shoals and Class I-II Rapids between this bridge and the next road crossing, Hillside Church Road, 1.3 miles downstream. The last stretch of the river is relatively flatwater with a few ripples. Paddlers will cross under two sets of power lines, the second set 85 feet before the Dunkling Bridge Road bridge (take out). Paddlers should take out upstream of the bridge, river left. Limited roadside parking is available along Dunklin Bridge Road.