What to know
War Eagle Creek is a great float stream. Considered a Class 1 or easy level stream, it's a particularly agreeable float for families. The trip is six miles and takes about three to three and a half hours to paddle. The creek is generally floatable from March to mid-June, depending on the amount of rain received in the region. The creek provides nice lazy float for people to paddle on a day trip. The creek is generally floatable from March to mid-June, depending on rainfall. It has been referred to as a “miniature version of the Buffalo National River” because of the surrounding scenic bluffs. One unusual aspect of the creek is that it flows north when other (area) creeks flow south. On War Eagle Creek, anglers fish for catfish, bream, perch and bass. Stream-running walleye are also found in the river. The creek flows through Withrow Springs State Park and many visitors use the park as a base camp to explore the surrounding area. Withrow Springs provides three hiking trails, including the War Eagle trail which follows a bluff line and affords views of the surrounding valley and creek below. On the trail, hikers can venture about 175 feet alongside a stream into War Eagle Cave, which is home to several bat species. Deer and foxes along with wild turkeys, groundhogs and bobcats, roam the park grounds, and wood ducks and river otters can be found in War Eagle Creek. Also in abundance are pileated and other woodpeckers and kingfishers.