Kayaking Arkansas

It’s kayaking time! Though several waterways can be used year-round, spring is the best time for good water levels. Best known of all the Arkansas streams is the Buffalo National River, federally protected to stay just as it is for generations to come. But there are many more options for paddlers to take on.
Below are the 18 major Arkansas waterways divided by level of difficulty. Just click on the river name below to find further details on each. Some qualify for more than one classification because of different sections of difficulty found along the river. Take care out there and enjoy the view from the water!

Big Piney

Buffalo National River

Caddo River

Class III: Difficult: Numerous rapids with high and irregular waves:
Mulberry River

Class IV: Very Difficult: Long rapids characterized by high and irregular waves with boulders directly in swift current:

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