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Dylan and Thomas Canoe the Kings River in Eureka Springs, AR
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The White River in Arkansas offers cold water paddling on the hottest of Summer days.

 


Oklahoma Float Trips Planning

Canoe and Kayak Spots in the Oklahoma Area

Thomas Jones AKA FreeWine - Oklahoma kayaking enthusiastAbout Us

My wife Dianne and I love paddling our kayaks in the rivers and lakes of Oklahoma. However, it can be quite a bit of work planning and executing successful boating trips. Whether you seek tame-water or whitewater, getting the right info at the right time can be difficult. On this website we are trying to collect a long list of great Oklahoma area kayaking locations, paddling clubs and other recreational paddling resources.

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Knowing what bodies of water are worth paddling, knowing where to find the put-ins and take-outs, monitoring the river levels, arrange shuttle services and finding camping spots or other local lodging resources can be tough. 

OklahomaRoadTrips.com is here to help.  We also buy quite a bit of kayaking gear, so expect to find some reviews and recommendations especially for kayak fishing equipment. 

If you live far from a big-box Sporting Goods store, like we do, you may appreciate the Amazon.com links to paddler supplies like kayak spray skirts, light-weight kayak paddles, kayaking t-shirts and even Kayaks for Sale. We get a small bit of change from each sale to help keep this website free for all.

Where to Kayak in Oklahoma

Links on the Menu to the left will take you to specific pages with information on each of the major kayaking paddling locations around Oklahoma and in the Ozarks. On this site, we try to help our fellow canoeing fans find the information they need to find the best canoe trips and kayak adventures around Oklahoma.  Canoeing and kayaking on the Illinois River & The Lower Mountain Fork River got us hooked on paddling lakes and slow rivers...even the occasional fast water journey.  We hope you try it it too! You don't need a helmet to be a helmet-wearing extreme sports guru to have a great time kayaking.

Dianne just got this new Old Town Vapor 12 XT Angler Kayak from Bass Pro Shops in Broken Arrow, OK.Can't find any kayaks for rent where you live?  We can help you buy a kayak. However, I always recommend renting them a few times before buying.  Renting kayaks is a good introduction to paddling as it is usually only available on safe, easy waterways. Also hauling kayaks is no cakewalk, leaving them at the takeout and heading immediately for the nearest BBQ joint is a fine luxury indeed. Also lake paddling is very different from running rivers with whitewater, you will want to choose your boat accordingly.

Sometimes, Dianne and  I even leave Home Sweet Oklahoma to paddle in Arkansas, Missouri or Texas.

Most years in Oklahoma, you will find there are some sunny 60 degree days ...sprinkled throughout the winter months.  For winter paddling, Dianne and I look for sheltered waters you won't find on many tourist maps. You can find them listed on our Oklahoma paddling blog and leave us your comments and tips as well. Get in on the discussion, maybe you will meet some other local kayakers.

 

Let us know which Oklahoma rivers and creeks you enjoy paddling by leaving a comment on our blog. If you have a little time, check out our online stores listed below. They help pay the hosting costs to keep this Oklahoma Kayaking information available online for free.

Scenic Rivers in Oklahoma

There are six eastern Oklahoma rivers covered by the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission: The Barren Fork River, the Illinois River, Flint Creek, Lee Creek, Little Lee Creek and the Upper Mountain Fork River.  I've been told that the Barren Fork River is all commercial and offers no float trip opportunities for Oklahoma paddlers. Sad news, if it is true.  If it isn't, shoot me an email via the Contact Us link on the menu in the top left-hand column of this page or leave a comment on our Kayak Oklahoma Blog.

This site is authored by paddlers and for paddlers. We provide location information for Oklahoma kayaking and canoe enthusiasts, camping spot reviews, river reports, kayak launches, outfitters lists and more.  We do get a small commission from Amazon.com and Google for the click-through ads for the products on our site. However, if we endorse a product... it is because we used it.  We don't do paid endorsements.

 

Remember you must have an OKC Boating Permit to use Lake Overholser, Lake Hefner or any of the other water resources in the Oklahoma City area.

Kayak fishing is just starting to catch on here in Oklahoma. Since most of it is done on flatwater, you usually can't find many outfitters supply info on this topic. We will be sharing our kayak fishing adventures on our Kayak Oklahoma Blog and on our Kayak Fishing page.

Family Kayak Trips in Oklahoma

For our family, kayaking is quickly changing from a hobby to more of a lifestyle. Since we have to manage quite a bit of Oklahoma kayaker resources, I thought it would be handy to have the whole thing on the web and maybe some other folks could benefit as well.

Expect us to post campground reviews, trip reports, Oklahoma paddling photos and news about great outdoor fun happening all over the Ozarks. Although we live in NE Oklahoma, we love to visit our Ozark neighbors and we occasionally even stray into Texas. Anywhere you find water can make for fun chasing sunsets in your kayak. I get some of my best low light shots at Dripping Springs Lake near Okmulgee, OK.

How To Register Your Oklahoma Canoe or Kayak

Registering canoes and kayaks in Oklahoma is a painful, if not particularly costly process.  I don't claim to understand it, but I can point you in the right direction. 
The Oklahoma Paddle Sports Association keeps a very helpful page on the subject.

Your local lakes and river may have additional permit requirements that go beyond state boat stickers and boat registration numbers.  Texas doesn’t require registration of paddle-powered canoes and kayaks.

 


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Join Some Oklahoma Kayaking Clubs

Join their Facebook Groups to meet with a great bunch of Oklahoma kayakers: OKC Kayak Facebook Group and the North East Oklahoma Kayak Anglers Facebook Group... two great paddling groups!

Oklahoma Flatwater Paddlers - Another great group for Oklahoma kayakers looking for company. Paddling is safer and more fun with friends, meet some of ours! Now, they are on Facebook, too!

The Oklahoma Paddle Sports Association (OK-PSA) - bringing all Oklahoma paddlers into one collective organization to represent the paddling community on issues of importance to all paddlers, to provide training opportunities and networking between paddlers.

Kayak Fishing for Catfish in Oklahoma

You can check out a collage of catfish pictures from Dianne's adventures last summer on our Deep Fork River page.

UPDATE: 02-11-2012  Did you know that Oklahoma was home to a small gold rush in the 1800's?  In Oklahoma, tales of buried Spanish gold abound, ranging in location from the Great Salt Plains in the western part of the state to the forks of the North and South Canadian rivers near Eufaula.

Learn more about Gold in Oklahoma on our Float the Arbuckles page!

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Last Summer, Dianne and I enjoyed an exciting whitewater kayaking float trip at Turners Bend on the rushing Mulberry River in Arkansas.  Visit our Mulberry River outfitters page. This river is rainfall dependent, so Spring and Fall are the best seasons for kayaking it.

 

Try some flatwater kayaking on Oklahoma's lakes! Wondering what could be fun about baking in the sun in the middle of a huge lake? Flatwater kayakers seek out the skinny water. We look for the backwater creeks and narrow, curvy, tree-lined channels of water that motor boaters avoid.

To learn what kind of fun a $400 boat can provide you in Oklahoma: check out the dawn mists rising over Grave Creek on Lake Eufaula or the tree leaf filtered light of lower Salt Creek on Okmulgee Lake. Kayaking rocks!


 

Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission - Important news and events for paddlers can occasionally be found at the OSRC website.

Learn more about fun attractions in Oklahoma's Green Country at GreenCountryOK.com!


Got a specific Oklahoma float trip destination in mind?  We have detailed pages on many Oklahoma waterways.  Most Okies float the Illinois River, but that is only the beginning of great canoeing spots in the Sooner State. Want to talk paddling?  Hit me up on Twitter, Flickr or Facebook - Username: FreeWine.


 

Choosing a Kayak Paddle - Colors Count

Choosing a new kayak paddle can be tough but very rewarding. There are many things to consider as you try to arrive at the perfect compromise of weight, stiffness, durability and price. Kayak paddles are made out of plastic, aluminum, graphite, kevlar, carbon, wood and fiberglass. The materials used in the kayak paddle construction have major impacts on the weight, stiffness durability and price of a kayak paddle.  I think the wood kayak paddles are especially lovely.

If you are into whitewater kayaking you will need a shorter kayak paddle than one designed for flatwater kayaking. Touring or flatwater paddles often come in a two piece option, which offers easier storage and transportation, but a new point of potential failure. Symmetrical blades use more energy but will pull you through the water quickly. Asymmetrical kayak paddle blades require less energy. Fiberglass blades are light, but I don't like the way they sound scraping against rocks & gravel. I take my cheaper paddle when heading down rockier rivers.

For recreational kayaking, I prefer straight-shaft, 2-piece kayak paddles that are light in weight and look good in pictures. My Carlisle kayak has bright yellow blades and a shiny black shaft with no grips.  Dianne has a silver & black Day Tripper kayak paddle, a great kayak paddle for the price. We sometimes trade paddles for pictures because my paddle actually matches her kayak much better than it matches mine. Browse Kayak Paddle features and prices. Since good paddles are very light it is easy to buy them online and get the maximum choice of colors.

 

 

 




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