The record drought in Oklahoma has kept most river to low for
paddling. Luckily, good water management has kept the
state's two most popular kayaking spots running most weekends. Head
to Tahlequah, Oklahoma or Broken Bow, Oklahoma to find flowing water
in the Sooner State.
Bookmark this page for help in planning canoe and kayak
adventures in and around the Oklahoma Area.
Illinois River -
Classic Family Float Trips in NE Oklahoma.
Tahlequah, Oklahoma is home to this river that serves as the
introduction to float trips for most Okies. Easy paddling, loads
of public access points and many canoe and kayak rental options
make the Illinois River a local favorite.
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Mountain Fork River - from trout fishing to canoeing and
kayaking in SE Oklahoma.
This is the Beavers Bend area and
it is loaded with privately owned luxury cabins, trout fishing
streams and beautiful lake country. Great Class II paddling on
the Lower Mt. Fork River. Enjoy remote forest and big rapids
that are rainfall dependant on the Upper Mountain Fork River.
- Rustic camping fishing and floating in SE
Oklahoma near Antlers. It is so remote that there is only one outfitter
on the Kiamichi River, whenever I paddle there I use K-River
Campground for lodging, shuttling and river advice.
White River- Arkansas cold water paddling in the heat
of summer! The scenic White River connects to the Buffalo
River, paddle both for the scenery.
Elk River - Just across the Missouri border is a wide and
scenic river perfect for family floating.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas - Just across the border from
Oklahoma, you can paddle Kings River and/or the
White River or
Table Rock Lake using local outfitters. Check out the Flat Creek
paddlers resort on Table Rock Lake in nearby Cape Fair, MO.
Paddle Texas - I've been putting together a page about
kayaking spots in the parts of Texas that are close to Oklahoma.
Hey, those Dallas boys paddle the LMF more than most Okies
do. We should paddle their waters with equal vigor!
Caddo Lake is only a few hours south of Oklahoma and offers some
of the best flatwater paddling that I have ever seen.
Spring River - Paddle from Kansas to Oklahoma! This
Spring River is loaded with great camping spots, a canoe outfitter and
numerous 'honey-holes' for fishing. You can put-in at a park in
Baxter Springs KS and kayak down to Twin Bridges State Park in
NE Oklahoma in a couple of days or just take a day trip down to
Arkansas also offers a
Spring River, but it is a different river. The Spring
River in Arkansas offers good waterflow from Mammoth Spring,
even during the dry season when few river can be floated.
Dianne Paddling Broken Bow, Oklahoma's Lower Mt. Fork
Fun Fact: Oklahoma is one of about 8 states out of
50 that require canoes/kayaks to be registered.
Most Oklahoma fishermen are familiar with Greenleaf State Park.
Greenleaf Lake boasts great family camping and a marina that often
offers kayaks and canoes for rent. A place you may not be
aware of is: Little Greenleaf Creek.
Paddling Little Greenleaf Creek
Highway 10 near Braggs, Oklahoma just off the Muskogee turnpike.
Launch point is about 1/4 mile south of Greenleaf State Park.
There's a launch fee of $2 or $3 at the public use site.
Oklahoma Float Trips - Paddle Down a Scenic River Today!
Whether you call it canoeing, kayaking, rafting or
paddle sports...the citizens of Oklahoma have learned to love paddling about in people-powered, personal watercraft. This part of OklahomaRoadTrips.com is dedicated to everyone interested in the healthy and exciting family fun activity of Oklahoma area Float Trips.
We can't rent you a canoe, or provide you with lodging but we hope to help you
get a big headstart on your float trip planning.
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