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Has anyone ever made a 3 day Norfork/White river float??


TheRustyHook

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Okay, so its usually after a few cold beverages, but some friends and I always end up drooling over the thought of a 2 or 3 day fishing/float. Ideally beginning on the Norfork and floating into the White with a combination of Jon boats, canoes, and a maybe a kayak. I think it would be a blast, but I don't know what the ideal stopping points are for this river system. Its not as cut and dry as the buffalo.

So where do you stop? what time should you leave? what time should you end up? Any other tips for manning a 2-3 day fishing trip?

how can you succeed whilst understanding

* unpredictable water levels

* navigating the white and little red

* you may have to pull through a shoal or 2

* proper boating and safety techniques

"Whoa there Big Girl"

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Rusty,

Honestly man, you would have a difficult time making the Norfork last three days. The river is not very long. You can motor up or down the entire thing with 1 unit of water running in a matter of 20-30 minutes since the river is only 4 miles long. With no water, there are areas, like "Jaws", that are nearly impassable. With 2 units, the entire thing is a bit treacherous, because of the amount of water, even for experienced boaters. If you really want a great "3 day trout float," I would do something like Cotter to Shipps Ferry or Norfork on the White. Shipps Ferry isn't too far from Buffalo City, but if you wanted to pull off after about a half day on the third day, this would be a good spot. You could float Cotter to Rim Shoals and fish the stretch really hard, and then camp at Rim Shoals cabins and campground. From there, I would float the next day from Rim to Buffalo City and camp at the White Buffalo Campground. This float is going to have the only real "Tough" navigation through Buffalo Shoals if there is no water. YOU WILL HIT ROCKS. With 1 unit (more than minimum flow), you can make it down. The third day would then be your choice of Buffalo City to Shipps or Norfork. If you wanted to go a full, long day on the third day, the Norfork would be the option, and then pull off the water there at the ramp. Shipps would make for a good half day and give you plenty of drive time to get home that evening.

The Norfork is a great single day float and you can motor up and down it, but it isn't really a multi day float with camping spots. The White is much better equipped for a multi-day trip.

Hope that helps you out and let me know if you have any more questions!

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Is it even possible to take the norfolk into the white? safely that is?

"Whoa there Big Girl"

Rusty Hook & Co.

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Yes, it is totally safe with 1 unit of water. With both units running, there are some areas where I think folks should have life jackets on, regardless of experience, because of the chop on the water. But you can absolutely navigate down into the white. People move between the two rivers seamlessly.

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