I love going to the Oauchita River near Mount Ida, AR. I stay at Two Spirits LTD. Frank runs it and he'll treat you right and will even cook meals for you if you're interested. It's 5 hours away from Dallas, has scenic views, clear water, and plenty of smallmouth. It's got a nice flow to keep you floating with mostly Class I and some Class II rapids that are all easily manageable. Check the USGS water level site (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/
) before you go cause if it storms it can rise rapidly but it lowers and cleans up quickly too.