During a recent survey of Crooked Creek boaters, 28% of those floating were angling, mostly for smallmouth bass, while the remaining 72% were recreationists seeking an enjoyable float trip.Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) District Supervisor Jeremy Risley says, unfortunately, sedimentation could jeopardize these activities in the future if preventive actions are not taken. Sedimentation is when rocks, sand and other debris become loose and settle at the bottom of a body of water.To do its part, the AGFC has been working to reduce sedimentation within Crooked Creek by stabilizing streambanks and establishing riparian vegetation. Staff has been working at the Snow Access, one of five AGFC river access areas on Crooked Creek in Marion County.
In April 2020, the trout habitat program began work at Snow Access to complete a 350-foot-long bank stabilization project initiated in early 2018. Additionally, another 150 feet of bank stabilization to the upstream end of the project was added. This project’s goal was to provide protection to the streambank by adding rigid rock structures and stair-stepping the streambank into the floodplain. Adding these features protects the streambank from eroding during high water events. The trout habitat program completed the construction phase of the project in June 2020.
The work at Snow Access continued in January when 13 employees from three AGFC divisions and one Arkansas State Parks employee planted 570 native trees and grasses that will provide soil protection. The planted vegetation will help slow the flowing water along the repaired streambank. While helping reduce sedimentation within Crooked Creek, Risley says this project also improved angler access for both wade and bank anglers while creating wildlife habitat in the newly planted riparian area.