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5. Collierville Arlington Rd. to Houston Levee

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Difficulty level:  Difficult and potentiallly dangerous; not recommended for most paddlers.

Put-in and take-out accessibility:  Gravel parking lot and sand bar put-in point; steep, often muddy, and relatively difficult take-out at Houston Levee Rd.


Wild and undeveloped, unique, and close to metropolitan Memphis, this section is one of the most interesting on the Wolf River.

SAFETY ADVISORY:  The attractive white sands launch area at the Collierville Arlington Road bridge can be deceiving, enticing paddlers to explore this section. Surprises await around the bend. Conditions on this section - dramatically affected by headcutting erosion due to channelization further downstream - are different than on other sections of the river. A large number of downed trees creating channel blockages, as well as four riprap weirs, do pose safety hazards, especially during periods of high and low water levels. Under no circumstances should a beginner attempt to paddle this section of the Wolf River. Experienced paddlers should consider this section only when water levels are between 6.0 and 8.0 feet on the LaGrange river gauge. Weather and other factors must be considered as well. At lower water levels, exposed log jams could require dozens of portages. High water undertows at log jams (strainers) could cause capsize and the associated problems and risks. Most embankments are steep, making it difficult to right capsized boats. The take-out over riprap at Houston Levee bridge can be very difficult, physically demanding and muddy.

Any boats used on this section of the river in less than ideal conditions are likely to be damaged by the jagged rocks used to build the weirs. This is especially true for commercial and hand-crafted wooden vessels, kevlar craft and those boats formed from Royal X light materials.         

This section contains a feature known as the “Buried Forest," headcutting abnormalities, and sedimentary rock formations not found elsewhere on the Wolf. The river banks here are very sandy and loose and could be dangerous to climb. There are abundant sand bars, believed to have formed as a result of the headcutting river bank erosion, and other factors.  More wildlife, especially birds, can be seen on this section than might be expected because of its relative isolation.

For those who prefer to explore the beauty of this section from the safety of land, there are maintained unpaved trails along the north bank of the Wolf River between Collierville Arlington and Houston Levee roads.  Please click here for more information.

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