April 3-8, 2023.

5 Day Expedition Race Total: 360miles / 580km. Biking: 172miles / 277km. Trekking: 108miles / 174km8 hour adventure race)
April 8th, 2023
Expedition Ozark will be a true test of endurance, teamwork and mental toughness. Teams (2-4 members) will have 5 days to complete a 390 mile course covering the Northwest Arkansas region of the Ozarks.

The Ozarks is becoming one of the premier outdoor recreation locations in the country and this race showcases why. Rolling mountains, awe-inspiring rivers, incredible vistas and unforgiving terrain attract adventure seekers of all kinds and are the perfect setting for a multi-day adventure race.

The inaugural 2023 course will showcase the region's best rivers, lakes, hiking trails and of course the world renowned single track biking trails. Gravel and forest roads will connect National Forests and State Parks to quaint Ozark communities.

This course will test even the best racers with challenging navigation, steep ascents and unpredictable Spring weather. Racers will find their limits physically and mentally, and will be inspired by the powerful vistas, 300' bluffs and the life in the Ozark waterways in springtime.

Total: 360miles / 580km
Biking: 172miles / 277km
Trekking: 108miles / 174km
Paddling: 80miles / 129km

Expect a fast race with short(ish) stages and numerous transitions.

The race is unsupported and we will manage all the logistics for you.

There will be short course options with a mandatory route of approximately 275 miles (442km).

The course will include amazing river systems and waterfalls with some fast water (up to Class III), some of the best and longest single track trails in the US, trekking with a lot of ascent and descent, verdant forests, and a few surprises as well. 

Race Disciplines
Mountain Biking: Varying from technical single track (it is the MTB capital of the world) to pristine gravel network, to forest roads.
Trekking: Trail systems and bushwhacking in varied terrain, some on steep ground
Orienteering: Map and compass navigation in the vast backcountry will be required. (Maps will be provided in varying scales.)
Packrafting: Class 1-3 should be expected on potentially fast running rivers
Caving: Mild environments
Caving: Mild environments
Gear Requirements

The race will follow the ARWS rules and mandatory gear list, and you can read and download these at

In addition to the ARWS mandatory gear we will have additional requirements:

Harness - UIAA certified rock climbing harness in good working condition with a belay loop

Drysuit/Splash Gear - top and pants (with sealable cuffs)

UTM Tool - has to include 1:10,000, 1:24,000 and 1:50,000

***Tent or Bothy Bag - this is just an adjustment to the currently listed requirement on ARWS. We will allow any combination of tent/bothy bag for your team size. For example, a team of 4 can carry 1 tent that is rated for 4 people or 4 individual tents. Sizing/weight will still be as posted on ARWS mandatory list.

***Paddle Bag(s) - we will have additional bags required, please see notes below for more information.

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                             JUNGLE BOATER RACE

                          Sunday, March 12th, 2023 - 12:00pm

Participate in our 42nd annual Jungle Boater Race this year on Sunday, March 12th, 2023. Race begins at 12 pm.  Race course: Byrd's Landing to Turner Bend Landing. We ask that all reservation and pre-registration be received by midnight Saturday, March 11th. Entry fee is $35 per participant--includes T-shirt and taxes. If the river is 4.2 ' We will reschedule for March 20th. We will mass start each category at one minute intervals in the order listed below. Slackers will start yourselves when you are ready.
Order of Start:
1. Raft

2. Women's SUP
3. Women's Solo Canoe
4. Women's Tandem Canoe
5. Women's Kayak
6. Men's SUP
7. Men's Solo Canoe
8. Men's Kayak
9. Parent and Child Canoe -child must be under 14 years of age.
10. Geezer Solo Canoe( 60+)
11. Geezer Tandem Canoe
12. Mixed Tandem Canoe
13. Men's Tandem Canoe

On the date of the race arrive by 11 am to pick up T-shirt and race number tag--it will be in a bag ready for you in upstairs office at turner bend store. If you have not emailed us the liability release form, your bag will not be ready. Duct-taped the number tag on the left side front of the boat for the timer to recognize when you arrive at the finish line. Be at the Byrd's landing an hour early to get ready.
All pre-registration can be made online:
You can register until midnight Saturday, March 11th 12:00 am

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Mulberry River Spring
Clean-Up Day

32th Annual
Saturday, March 4th 2023
Hosted by Turner Bend & Sponsored by The Mulberry River Society

ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY: U.S. Forest Service, Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Arkansas Stream Team, Steve Outlaw, Tom and Gale Scott, Green Source Recycling, Burford Distributing, and Turner Bend Outfitter

Check-in @ Turner Bend Store @ 9:00 a.m. Get your assignment
and go to work

Great lunch served @ 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Drawing for door prizes

Festivities will be held in Turner Bend Campground across from the store.. Bring Lawn chairs.

Door Prizes Provided By: Turner Bend, River Towne BBQ, Arkansas Stream Team, Post Familie Winery, Mt. Bethel Winery, Mulberry Mountain Lodging, Oark General Store, Pig Trail Liquor, Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Homegrown, Byrd's Riverfront Restaurant, Belle Point Beverage, Meadors Lumber, Mark McGee, Don O'neal, Graphic Services, and others. Belle Point Beverage, Burford Distributing, Fayettechill, and more.

Call for details 479-667-3641

If inclement weather, we will reschedule to Saturday, March 11th
Volunteers needed
Check out the Mulberry River Society on

high bank