Canoe, Kayak & Rafting

Canoeing & Kayaking


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 Cane Creek, Crowley’s Ridge, Daisy, Davidsonville Historic, Devil’s Den, Lake Dardanelle, Lake Frierson, Lake Poinsett, Mammoth Spring, Petit Jean, Pinnacle Mountain, Toltec Mounds, Withrow Springs and Woolly Hollow state parks. Many area outfitters offer boat and gear rentals as well.

If you’re looking for some more extreme activity, check out Arkansas’s whitewater adventure: The Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area stretches for 12 miles along the wild and scenic Cossatot River. The river forms Cossatot Falls, a rugged rocky canyon that challenges experienced canoeists and kayakers with its Class IV rapids. If you want a little extra thrill in your kayak or canoe vacations, this is it. In this watershed basin, flow levels are dependent on rainfall. Floatable river levels are usually limited to late-fall, winter, and spring. For river stage in feet from the Ark. 246 access location, call 870-387-3141 or visit the U.S. Geological Survey website for real time data. No floater services are provided on the Cossatot River. 

Start planning your trip today and you’ll see what makes Arkansas the perfect destinations for canoe and kayak vacations.