Whether you're a whitewater playboater, a river runner, a Class I floater, or a flatwater touring paddler, you'll find your kind of water in the lake and river state parks of Arkansas. The variety of accessible river adventures is remarkable, ranging from matchless trout fishing trips and sections of rugged whitewater paddling to peaceful float trips ideal for any adult or child – even paddlers on their first canoe or kayak vacations.

As for flatwater, touring paddlers will find miles of undeveloped shorelines to travel, hundreds of quiet coves to row and island oases to explore on Arkansas's lakes. If you’re planning kayak or canoe vacations and want to stay overnight near the water, many parks offer family-friendly lodging options – consider camping or renting a cabin in one of Arkansas's lake or river parks during your next grand outdoor adventure. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at more than a dozen state parks. Many area outfitters offer boat and gear rentals as well.

Bull Shoals-White River State Park
In north central Arkansas featuring the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains, Bull Shoals-White River State Park stretches along the riverside and lakeshore where the White River and Bull Shoals Lake
join at the Bull Shoals Dam. Together these waters form one of the nation’s finest fishing and boating combinations.
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Cane Creek State Park
Paddle among tall cypress trees where wildlife abounds and water lilies bloom. Cane Creek Lake is a place you'll want to discover, experience and then share. Park interpreters offer guided kayaking adventures
here, or you can rent a kayak and explore it alone. At sunset, enjoy the dramatic colors of the sky reflecting on the water. Full moon tours take on a special magic as the lake, the surrounding landscape and the sky above are bathed in moonlight. On sunny days, watch egrets, herons, waterfowl and woodpeckers fly overhead, and see fish snatching insects right below your bow. You might glimpse an osprey, a threatened species that lives here throughout the year. In the colder months, look for wintering bald eagles. Bring along your rod and reel and fish from your kayak. Bring your waterproof binoculars so you don't miss out on the wildlife viewing opportunities. And you might want to bring your lunch, too, because it's easy to loose track of time in a place this peaceful.

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Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
This park-natural area stretches for 12 miles along the wild and scenic Cossatot River, Arkansas's premier whitewater experience renowned as the best whitewater float stream in mid-America. Located in
southwest Arkansas south of Mena, the Cossatot forms Cossatot Falls, a rugged and rocky canyon that challenges the most experienced canoeists and kayakers with its Class IV and V rapids. When the water is high, the paddlers are here.
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Daisy State Park
In this scenic setting in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, Lake Greeson, the Little Missouri River, and Daisy State Park make a winning combination for outdoor enthusiasts. Kayaks are available to
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DeGray Lake Resort State Park
Rich in scenic beauty and wildlife watching opportunities, DeGray Lake offers many rewards for kayaking enthusiasts. The mostly undeveloped shoreline of DeGray Lake, combined with its numerous coves and
islands, makes this 13,800-acre lake in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains ideal for kayak touring. The park staff offer kayak workshops and guided kayaking tours, or you can rent a kayak and paddle the lake on your own. DeGray is one of the renowned five Diamond Lakes in southwest Arkansas. The Islets Cove Paddle Trail is a three-mile loop trail leads paddlers in and out of tranquil coves and along forested shores that support an abundance of flora and fauna, offering excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.  Trail accessibility is determined by lake level, which is typically ideal between January-July.
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Delta Heritage Trail State Park
We offer Pedal Paddle Tours. Travel with a park interpreter on a bicycle down the former route of the Missouri Pacific’s Delta Eagle passenger train as you explore some of the diverse history and nature found
along the way. This 10-mile trip takes about 2 hours. Then paddle a kayak on what was formerly the Mississippi River at Old Town Lake for another hour as you learn about the nature surrounding you. Check out our calendar of events for dates. Delta Heritage Trail State Park in southeast Arkansas is being developed under the national "rails to trails" initiative, whereby former railroad lines are converted to pedestrian and bicycle routes. The trail is being developed in phases along the former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way that stretches from one mile south of Lexa (six miles west of Helena) to Rohwer, and extending via the Mississippi River levee to Arkansas City. It will total 84.5 miles when finished, making this one of the longest bike and pedestrian trails in the state.
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Devil's Den State Park
Devil's Den is a CCC masterpiece in a picturesque Ozark Valley. Lee Creek flows through the park, and the Ozark National Forest surrounds it. Canoes are available to rent.
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Lake Catherine State Park
In Hot Spring County, nestled among the natural beauty of the Ouachita Mountains is 1,940-acre Lake Catherine, one of the five popular Diamond Lakes in west central Arkansas. Canoes and kayaks are available
to rent.
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Lake Charles State Park
Bring the family and paddle Lake Charles on a 1½-hour guided tour. Gently glide across the lake in a kayak gazing at the beautiful landscape of the eastern Ozark Mountains. The 645 acres of spring-fed waters of
Lake Charles are easy and safe, and your guide will show you the basics before you leave land. Now imagine the background music--nothing more than birds singing, frogs chirping and fish splashing. These tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Reservations are required and should be made at the park visitor center. Other tours can be scheduled for groups with advance notice. A limited number of tandem kayaks are available for parents with small children.
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Lake Chicot State Park
The Mississippi Delta's captivating beauty and recreational opportunities come together at Arkansas's largest natural lake, Lake Chicot. Cut off centuries ago from the main channel when the Mississippi River
changed course, this 20-mile long oxbow lake is a peaceful setting for fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and bird watching. Kayaks are available to rent.
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Lake Dardanelle State Park
Lake Dardanelle, at 34,300-acres, is the largest reservoir on the Arkansas River Navigation Project. Lake Dardanelle State Park is the perfect launch point for water activities on both the lake and river,
including some of the best fishing in the mid-south. The park rents lake kayaks and paddle boards, and park interpreters periodically schedule paddling safety programs, kayak tours and overnight camping trips on islands. If you bring your own canoes or kayaks, this state park is a good base to begin floats on the Big Piney Creek National Wild and Scenic River and Illinois Bayou. Both of these beautiful Ozark Mountain streams are in the Ozark National Forest north of Lake Dardanelle.
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Lake Fort Smith State Park
Nestled in a scenic valley of the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozark Mountains, this state park is on the western side of 1,400-acre Lake Fort Smith. Interpretive programs are offered in the park throughout
the year by the park staff. These activities include cruises and kayak tours on the lake, hikes, outdoor workshops, and more. Kayaks are available to rent at the park.
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Lake Frierson State Park
Atop the unique landform of rolling hills called Crowley's Ridge, this park on the shore of 335-acre Lake Frierson is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the year-round fishing. Kayaks are available to rent.
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Lake Ouachita State Park
Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas's largest lake is known for its scenic beauty and the clarity of its waters. Lake Ouachita is a 40,000-acre paddling paradise with 975 miles of rugged and
undeveloped shoreline, wide open waters, and hundreds of quiet coves and islands waiting to be explored. The state park is at the lake's eastern end, and here park interpreters offer guided kayak tours of the nearby coves and inlets. Several times a year, overnight kayak trips are scheduled to explore more of the lake and camp on remote islands. These one-night outings are perfect for families and beginning kayakers. More advanced trips involve two nights in the Lake Ouachita wilderness.
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Lake Poinsett State Park
Anglers will find the relatively shallow waters of 640-acre Lake Poinsett, nestled atop the rolling hills of Crowley's Ridge in northeast Arkansas, a special getaway for crappie, catfish, bream, and
bass fishing. Kayaks and canoes are available to rent.
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Mammoth Spring State Park
Mammoth Spring is Arkansas's largest spring and the second largest spring in the Ozark Mountains. A National Natural Landmark, the spring flows nine million gallons of water hourly. Forming a scenic
10-acre lake, it then flows south as the Spring River, a popular Ozark trout and float stream. Kayaks are available to rent.
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Millwood State Park
A series of boat lanes meander through submerged timber, marshes, and oxbow cutoffs making Millwood Lake a "tree-filled" fishing favorite. Famous for bass tournaments, this 29,260-acre lake abounds
in largemouth, catfish and crappie. Spring and fall offer anglers great crappie fishing here, and catfish and bream fishing in summer. Bird watching is another popular activity here because of the lake's variety of year-round inhabitants that include eagles. Kayaks and canoes are available to rent.
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Mississippi River State Park
Mississippi River State Parks hosts natural marvels and beauty around every curve and tree.  The park is nestled in the St. Francis National Forest where the Mississippi River, the Arkansas Delta and Crowley’s
Ridge converge to create a unique place for you to experience, and great place to fish and paddle.  Kayak or canoe on two lakes. Kayaks are available to rent for Bear Creek Lake.
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Moro Bay State Park
ou'll find one of the most popular fishing and water sport areas in south central Arkansas where Moro Bay and Raymond Lake join the Ouachita River at Moro Bay State Park. Kayaks are available to rent.
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Petit Jean State Park
Petit Jean State Park's Lake Bailey and Lake Roosevelt are home to many fish species and the perfect place to kayak or canoe. Kayaks and canoes are available to rent in season.
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Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Pinnacle Mountain State Park features a diversity of natural habitat, from high upland peaks to bottomlands along the Big Maumelle River and Little Maumelle River, for park visitors to experience. Kayaks are
available to rent at the Visitor Center.
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Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park
A National Historic Landmark, the Toltec Mounds site comprises one of the largest and most impressive archeological sites in the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Preserved here are Arkansas's tallest
American Indian mounds. Three mounds remain where 18 once stood surrounded by an earthen embankment eight to ten feet in height, a portion of which is still visible today. Kayak tours are available, or you may rent your own kayak for a self-guided tour.
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Village Creek State Park
Here you can explore the unique geology, topography, and unusual plant communities of Crowley's Ridge, a landform of rolling hills in eastern Arkansas's Mississippi Alluvial Plain. Anglers can fish for bass,
bream, catfish, and crappie at the park's two lakes, Lake Austell and Lake Dunn. Kayaks are available to rent in season.
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White Oak Lake State Park
Adjacent to Poison Springs State Forest, this park lies on the shore of Lower White Oak Lake, 1,700 timber-filled acres for bass, crappie, catfish, and bream fishing. Watchable wildlife and birding
opportunities abound here. Kayaks and canoes are available to rent in season.
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Withrow Springs State Park
In the heart of the Ozark Mountains, nestled in a narrow valley cradled by the limestone bluffs of the War Eagle Creek, Withrow Springs State Park is a peaceful setting for camping, hiking, and quiet river
floats. Kayaks and canoes are available to rent in season.
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Woolly Hollow State Park
Here in central Arkansas in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, enjoy fishing, floating, and swimming in the peaceful waters of 40-acre Lake Bennett. The park offers canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and fishing
boats for rent in season.
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