Ben Levin, along with Friends of the Rivers board members, hosted a cleanup along a 3 mile stretch of Crooked Creek above the Snow access on June 3rd, 2012.
Participants met at Ben Levin’s home on the creek and enjoyed breakfast treats while everybody gathered and unloaded their watercrafts. The day was overcast which kept the temps very comfortable.
Tommy Hagan snapped pictures along the way. There were many opportunities to pick up trash. Everybody had stacks of old tires in their boats before the day was over. It is our understanding that during the last flood event, a tire salvage in Harrison was flooded and that’s where most of them came from.
Later that day, Friends of the River hosted a crawfish boil for members and friends. David Lemoine was our chef, and entertainment was provided by Carnes and the Heaters. Duane Hada donated a plein-air water color of Crooked Creek for a fund-raising raffle. Special thanks to Jane Darr for organizing this fun event!
Crooked Creek has received national acclaim as one of the top smallmouth bass streams anywhere, and its reputation is well deserved. Ideal habitat and an abundance of crayfish, hellgrammites and other smallmouth bass foods combine to produce large numbers of quality fish. Two- to three-pounders are fairly common, and four- to six-pound smallmouth bass are not unusual. However, the state of Arkansas added “Crooked Creek” to its “impaired streams” list in 2005 because of high water temperature related to gravel mining.