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.