NANFA-- Native Collecting n Oklahoma - Aug 30th

Joe Anderson (
Sun, 10 Aug 2003 20:35:38 +0000

The Oklahoma City Aquarium Association has selected Aug 30th (Saturday of
Labor Day Weekend) as the date for our native fish collecting outing.
The host stream will be Barron (AKA Baron, Barren) Fork Creek, a tributary
of the Illinois River.
Barron Fork flows West/Southwest from Arkansas and eventually meets the
Illinois River near Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Based on members' experience and
other good reference materials, the creek contains
many desirable species for the home aquarium: darters, madtoms, shiners, and
minnows should be on-hand. Barring any sudden changes, the conditions should
be favorable for easy collecting.

Barron Fork is popular for swimming at access points but won't have the
constant stream of canoes that the Illinois River experiences - an important
consideration since this will be a holiday weekend.
The 'start-point' will be determined within the next couple of weeks.
Welling Road bridges the creek near it's confluence with the Illinois River
and may make a fine start for us. There is another
bridge further upstream along Route 51 which may make it easier for everyone
to meet.

There are many camp grounds in the area. A simple Google search for
"Illinois River Oklahoma" should bring you to numerous websites. However and
as mentioned earlier, this is a holiday weekend and space
may be limited if you plan to stay in the area.

If you plan to go, please post your intentions on the club's forum
(, or contact Brian
Carson at

Oklahoma City Aquarium Association
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