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Oklahoma Rivers & Outfitters List

We try out as many of these outfitters as possible to make sure they are still in business and still 'takin' care of business'.  It's a wet job, but we don't mind. We use this float trip locations list to help plan canoe & kayak float trips in Oklahoma and other road trips in the Oklahoma area. If you are an Oklahoma area canoe livery operator feel free to email us your contact info or leave a comment on our blog, if we don't already have you listed on this site.

We don't charge paddling outfitters for listing their information.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for some new information on Texas paddling as well.

Rivers have what man most respects and longs for in his own life and thought--a capacity for renewal and replenishment, continual energy, creativity, cleansing. -- John M. Kauffmann

New canoe and kayak outfitters in the Oklahoma area, leave us your info in a comment on our blog to get added to our listings.

Glover   Illinois (Best Bet)   Mountain Fork    Kiamichi    Washita   The Oklahoma River  Illinois River

Because I love the Bald Cypress trees that line the sides of the Lower Mt. Fork River, I looked around for a spot with even more impressive Cypress trees.  I found Caddo Lake in NE Texas.  We recently made a trip to Caddo Lake in Texas.  Now, I plan on returning to this lake often!  Kayaking on Caddo Lake is like paddling through an alien world.  For planning your own trip to Caddo Lake, visit our Kayak Texas page or check out our Caddo Lake Trip report on our Kayak Oklahoma blog or join up with one of the annual trips OKC Kayak hosts. Pictures from our trip can be found on both of those pages, plus on our Flickr photostream - username: FreeWine.


The Mt. Fork River great kayaking near Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

The Upper Mountain Fork River

In the Summer of 2009, Dianne and I spent a wonderfully relaxing weekend getaway at River Ranch Cabin in Smithville, Oklahoma. Dianne and I enjoyed luxury accommodations and a secluded bit of the Upper Mountain Fork River. Read about our Upper Mt. Fork River trip on our paddling blog. This was , by far, the best cabin experience Dianne and I have ever purchased. Visit and see what insanely great service feels like.

There are many great float trips a short drive away from Oklahoma in the Arkansas Ozarks. 

Visit our Eureka Springs Paddling or our White River Kayaking page to learn more about Arkansas float trip rivers.

Oklahoma Float Trip Tip: Remember to call ahead and reserve your canoes and kayaks at least one day in advance. Summer afternoon float trips on the Mt. Fork, for example, often book up.    

Kayak Outfitters List for Flatwater & Whitewater Paddling in & around Oklahoma.

Enjoy local flatwater canoeing? Try Grave Creek and Beggs Lake.

Oklahoma Paddle Sport Outfitter Info By River

The Glover River
Experts Only Spring Whitewater

A 73-year-old Broken Bow man drowned in the Glover River this Spring, along with his pickup truck. REMEMBER: Do NOT sleep under bridges in Oklahoma during the Spring and Fall.

River Floats, Canoe Rentals & Guided Fishing Trips

Outfitter: Charlie Umstead 405-244-3284
Location: US 259 on the east, SH 3 on the south, SH 144 on the north

The Glover River is Oklahoma's only untamed waterway (meaning no dams block its course).

Secluded and un-commercialized, the Glover River is ideal for veteran floaters with a detailed knowledge of the local topography and experience with unpredictable waters. 

When the river is low, rocks, logs, and low falls make for a difficult float or canoe trip.  When the river is up, the journey is definitely not for first-timers.


The Illinois River
Long floating season, lots of outfitters

The Designated Trout Area on the Illinois River is from Lake Tenkiller Dam to Hwy. 64 bridge near Gore, OK in Sequoyah County.

Elephant Rock Nature Park
Camp like a Hun in a Yurt, Buy or rent 17' Osage Canoes, Old Town Guide Kayaks, Shuttle Service for private kayaks and canoes. 
(Tested and Approved)

All-American Floats 
Kayak & Canoe Rental, Waterslide, Tent Camping
(Tested and Approved)


War Eagle Float Resort
Float Trips, Camping
Bunkhouse, Motel
(918) 456-6272
(800) 722-3834
(Tested and Approved)
Falcon Floats
Bunkhouse, Camping
Canoes, Kayaks, Gifts
(918) 456-8058
(800) 653-5628
(Tested and Approved)

Eagle Bluff Resort
Cabins, Lodge, RV
(918) 456-3031
(800) 657-4837
(Tested and Approved)

Sparrow Hawk Camp
Bunkhouse, Camping, RV Sites, Boat Rental & Shuttle Service.
(918) 456-8371
(800) 722-9635

Diamondhead Resort
Camping, Bunkhouse
Motel, RV, Kayaks
(918) 456-4545
(800) 722-2411

Green River Floats
Inner tube/raft rentals
showers, shuttle service

Arrowhead Camp
Cabins, Camping, RV
(918) 456-1140
(800) 749-1140

Peyton's Place
Lodge ,Cabins, Camping, Rafts
30 new camp sites with electric are available for 2011.
(918) 456-3847
(800) 359-0866
Riverside Camp
Camping, Lodge
Cabins, RV, Kayaks
(918) 456-4787
(800) 749-2267
Hanging Rock Camp
RV, Motel, Camping
(918) 456-3088
(800) 375-3088
Cedar Valley Camp
Tent Camping, Supplies
 Shuttle Service.
 (918) 456-2484
Spencer Ridge Resort
Campgrounds, RVs 
Cabins, Supplies
Shuttle, Showers.

Thunderbird Resort
Camping, Lodge, House
(918) 456-4747
(800) 749-4700


The Lower Illinois River is a designated Oklahoma trout fishing stream. Anglers find rainbow and brown trout, stripers, crappie, catfish and bass.


Mountain Fork River (Float Trip Report)
3 foot Waterfalls & Class II Rapids


Mountain Fork River Float Trips.
The water quality is the clean and clear with a difficulty rating of Class II (acceptable even for a novice) on the Lower Mountain Fork River. Most folks opt for the 3.5 miles of fun rapids, but longer trips and easier trips are available, just ask your outfitter.  Rental canoes and shuttle services are available in the park (Beavers Bend) and near the traditional take-out at the Highway 70 bridge.

The Lower Mountain Fork River in Southeastern, Oklahoma near Broken Bow is also a common spot to see folks fly fishing. For detailed maps and directions to Oklahoma's trout fishing resources, you can't beat the Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife's Trout Fishing page.  The Upper Mountain Fork River offers rainfall dependant kayaking for more experienced paddlers looking to go over a six foot waterfall and other more complex rapids.

Ambush Adventures - Broken Bow, Oklahoma Canoe & Kayak OutfitterAmbush Adventures (Tested and Approved)
(Last I heard, this outfitter does NOT take Credit Cards)

Canoe, Kayak and Tube Rentals, and Shuttle Services on the Mountain Fork River. Located just east of Broken Bow at US Highway 70 and the Mountain Fork River. 

Right at the Highway 70 Bridge, take-out for the most commonly paddled Mt. Fork River trip. One side of the fence is the public take-out and the other is the Ambush Adventures takeout.


X-Treme Kayaks & Canoes  
Rt 1 
Broken Bow, Ok, 74728 
Phone: 214-514-5694

Located on the lower Mountain fork river, offering a 4 mile trip. 

Located on Hwy 70, 3 miles east of town. We are the 2nd outfitter you will see. Offering kayaks, canoes and shuttle services.  Also, snacks, drinks, and other novelty items like waterproof cameras, and souvenirs, such as key chains, shot glasses, etc. 

Last known prices are as follows. Canoe Rental $30.00 per boat, Kayak Rental $20.00 per boat, Shuttle Service $10.00 per boat.


Beaver's Bend Whitewater Canoe Rental (Tested and Approved)

Canoe and kayak outfitter for the lower Mountain Fork River.  Hwy 70 - 3.5 Miles East of Broken Bow, Oklahoma.  
Outfitters: Gena & Paul Jordan

Hwy 70 East 3.5 Miles
Broken Bow, Ok. 74728

These folks are real nice and they are real easy to find.
We rented a couple of their Old Town Otter kayaks for the great little run on the Lower Mt. Fork.

WW Trading Post & Canoe Rentals (Tested and Approved)

Lower Mountain Fork River Kayaking Swim going over the falls.Looking for a multi-day float trip on the Lower Mountain Fork River?  WW offers an 18-Mile float trip mixing rapids, flatwater and canoe camping on the Mt. Fork River! The Owner pretty much invented canoe & kayak outfitting on the Lower Mt. Fork River.

Five miles east of Broken Bow on US 70, north on Mountain Fork Park Rd, follow the signs to WW Trading Post & Canoe Rentals. A little harder to find, but well worth the trouble for the knowledge you can get from this river's most experienced outfitter.

Lower Mountain Fork River canoe & kayak outfitter and sales offering lodging, fishing packages, picnic supplies, trout flies, tackle, and snacks. Official Old Town Canoe & Kayak Dealer.

WW Canoes
Rt. 1, Box 532
Broken Bow, OK  74728


Riverside Canoe Rental

Lower Mountain Fork River canoe outfitter; float trips available; fishing packages; RV hookups. Open all year.

7 mi. E on Hwy 70
Broken Bow, OK 74728
(580) 835-7130

Broken Bow Canoes - 580-306-7302

Lower Mt. Fork River outfitter located 5 miles East of Broken Bow on Highway 70 at the entrance to the Mountain Fork River Park Road also known as the Re-Regulation Dam Road.  Canoes & Kayaks available for 3.5 miles float trip.



Mountain Fork River Floats

Upper Mountain Fork River canoe outfitter; float trips available; also offer fishing packages.
Open all year. Hwy 259 S, then Hwy 4 E, follow signs

181 Beach Rd 
Smithville, OK 74957


Cloud 9 Retreat on the Upper Mt. Fork River - 580-244-3569

P.O. Box 342
Smithville, OK 74957

Upper Mountain Fork River Outfitter offering two cabins, float trips, shuttle service and canoe & kayak rentals. Call before planning as the Upper Mt. Fork River floating conditions vary widely as it is not based on a Dam release like the LMF River.

Directions to Cloud 9 Retreat on the Upper Mt. Fork River

"If you are traveling on US Highway 259 (main highway from Broken Bow) turn east onto Oklahoma Highway 4. Travel through Smithville past the Post Office and School, then just past QuickStop Cafe, Highway 4 curves right; but take a left on the road (Beechton Road) going to the Rodeo grounds.
Eight miles after turning onto Beechton road. cross a low water bridge and Cloud 9 Retreat is the second drive on the right."


Beavers Bend River Floats 
(Lower & Upper Mt. Fork River)

Broken Bow, OK


Wild Goose Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Broken Bow, OK
(580)- 584-0077



The Kiamichi River  (Float Trip Report)
One Outfitter, Spring Whitewater

Waterfall on the Kiamichi River near Antlers, OK.K River Campground Antlers, Ok (Tested and Approved)

The remote and beautiful Kiamichi River in Southeast Oklahoma only offers one canoe outfitter and campground, but Tom at K-River Campground operates it well. The Kiamichi River level fluctuates quite a bit, so call or check the river levels online before starting your trip. FYI - This river is close enough to the Lower Mountain Fork River to paddle them both in the same day...with some effort.  Kiamichi River Float Trips: 

  • Canoes - $30 per canoe for ½ day trip. 

  • Kayaks - $15 per ½ day trip. 
    $25 for full day or overnight.

  • Tubing - $5 each

  • Cabins - $45 per night

HC 66 Box 42, Patterson Road 
Moyers, OK 74557



The Washita River

Rose's Canoe Trips (not available on our last try, call first)
Stop off for picnic, arrowhead hunt, explore,
$20 - $25 per person

Rose's Grocery
Hwy 77, 2 miles north of Davis
Davis, OK 73030

Southwest Paddler's Washita River page describes it like this:

...suitable for recreational paddling is a short stretch of about 22 miles located in South Central Oklahoma, near Turner Falls and Price Falls, adjacent to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

The Washita is a tame river for all but 1.2 miles of its 21.9 total miles. The section called "Big Canyon", starting at 11.3 miles below the Highway 77 put-in below Davis, Oklahoma, can have standing waves of several feet.



The Oklahoma River

Sandpiper on the banks of the North Candian River.
North Canadian River near Pearce, Oklahoma.

OKC Kayak
4700 W. Memorial Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK  73142

OKC Kayak rents kayaks of every flavor, including extremely stable sit-on-top kayaks, recreational boats, touring kayaks, and more.  They also sell kayaks and kayaking gear both online and at their store in Oklahoma City. We bought a great Coosa sit-on-top fishing kayak from OKC Kayak and I can tell you that the owner, Dave Lindo, is a standup guy and his kayak selection is unbeatable in Oklahoma.

Single: $15 for 1hr $25 for 2hr or $35 for all day
Double: $20 for 1hr $30 for 2hr or $45 for all day

Popular Trips from OKC Kayak

Illinois River Day Trip: $99
Wildlife Paddle: $45
Sunset Paddle: $25
“Kayak Dates”: $35 (per couple)
Baja Mexico: (call for pricing)
SE Alaska: (call for pricing)

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Row, Kayak or Dragon Boat on the Oklahoma River in OKC

The City of OKC recently renamed part of the North Canadian River as "The Oklahoma River".  This short section of river is the new hot spot for Olympic Flatwater Paddling trials and several major wakeboarding tournaments. 

The crown jewel of the new Oklahoma River is the breathtakingly lovely Chesapeake Boathouse.  The design of the Chesapeake Boathouse represents a sleek rowing shell with translucent polycarbonate walls providing a dramatic nighttime image of the building “floating” above the river.

Chesapeake Boathouse members have access to their fleet of kayaks during open rowing times, and even if you're not a member, you can rent a kayak through a program sponsored by Oklahoma City University.

Kayak Rentals at the Chesapeake Boathouse in Oklahoma City

Kayak Rentals are open to everyone ages 8 and up and available March through October during boathouse hours: Mon - Fri, 7am-8pm; Sat, 7am-5pm and Sunday, 1pm-5pm. The last rental of the day is one hour before boathouse closing.

Cost is $10 per hour for a singe, $15 for a double. Reservations are not required, but you may make a reservation by calling 405-552-4040.

Phone: 405-552-4040


Beavers Bend State Park

Beavers Bend is one of the most popular parks in the region; it is located in southeastern Oklahoma off US-259. The park's main entrance is seven miles North of Broken Bow on US-259A

Located along the shores of Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River, Beavers Bend guests will find Lakeview Lodge, a 40 room retreat with private decks overlooking the lake at Hochatown State Park which sits adjacent to Beavers Bend State Park. Other lodging choices include 47 cabins (some with river views), RV and tent campsites, and two group camps.

Beavers Bend Marina
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Phone: 580-494-6455

Beavers Bend Land and Water Park (Located in Beavers Bend Resort Park)
Broken Bow, OK
Bumper boats, paddle boats, canoes, snow cones, swim beach etc….

Texas: Paddling the San Marcos River

More Texas Kayaking Float Trip Destinations

Texas' first inland paddling trail offers canoeists and kayakers a convenient place to use their equipment on the San Marcos River.

The six-mile Luling Zedler Mill Paddling Trail passes between U.S. 90 and the historic Zedler Mill in Luling, Texas. Companies will provide boat rentals and shuttle services for those who need them. The city maintains the put-in and take-out locations, and parking is free.

Details: 512-738-0667;

TGCK rents canoes, kayaks & tubes on the San Marcos River in near San Marcos, TX and also Luling, TX.

Distance from nearest major cities:

· Austin -40 miles

· San Antonio -60 miles

· Houston- 200 miles

· Dallas -- 230 miles

More Texas Kayaking Destinations

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