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The Kiamichi River in Antlers, Oklahoma
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The Mulberry River
If you can catch the rains, take a float trip on  the Mulberry River, just off I-40 in East Arkansas.
  • The Mulberry River flows for most of its length through the Ozark National Forest in the Ozarks.
  • After your river kayaking trip on the Mulberry River visit some of the four Arkansas wineries in nearby Altus, Arkansas.
  • A whitewater river similar to The Lower Mt Fork River near Broken Bow in SE Oklahoma, The Mulberry River is a bit more intense.
  • Intersects with The Pig Trail Scenic Byway at Turner Bend.  The Pig Trail 19-mile route popular with area bikers.
  • US Forrest Service offers some FREE camping at the Wolf Pen Access & Recreational Area.
  • Don't forget your spray skirt when paddling the Mulberry River!


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Dianne take on the Mulberry River rapids in her Heritage Featherlight 9.5 foot recreational kayak.

The clear, cool Mulberry River is one of the wildest Ozark rivers during spring. In fact, it is wild enough to be home to the largest concentration of black bears in Arkansas.

The nearly 55-miles of the Mulberry River includes: ledges, willow thickets, and sharp turns that add up to a Class II to Class III rating for paddling this scenic Arkansas float river.

Convenient Arkansas Whitewater for Oklahoma paddlers!

Mulberry River Canoe Outfitters List

The Highway 23 crossing of the Mulberry River is less than 12 miles north of Interstate 40. Outfitters are located on and near the river and supplies and overnight accommodations or camping can be found easily. Be sure to check the river levels before hitting the road as this river requires local rainwater for paddling.


Paddle The Mulberry River - Class Two Rapids in East Arkansas  

Check out our Oklahoma Canoe and Kayak Paddling Page to learn about more great river trips in the Oklahoma area! You can read about our most recent float trips on our Kayak Oklahoma Blog.

Float Trip Report: September 26, 2009 - Our first visit to The Mulberry River in Ozark, Arkansas this weekend was a blast!

Mulberry River Kayaking at Turner Bend near Ozark, Arkansas.Just a couple hours down I-40, the Mulberry River offers a fun ride with constant current and loads of fairly easy rapids. In fact, the Mulberry offers about 40 miles of great canoe & kayaking water. This river is rainfall driven, so you must plan your trip carefully. Too much water makes it very dangerous and too little water means dragging your kayak through the shallows. Visit the Turner Bend website for a daily updated gauge of the current river level.

Since we arrived at Turner Bend late in the afternoon, we took a short four mile float trip from public access at Redding Campground in The Ozark National Forest down to the Turner Bend take-out at the Highway 23 bridge. The Mulberry River level was at 2.05 feet a the Turner Bend gauge. Perfect for a couple of recreational kayakers like us. The nice folks at Turner Bend shuttled both of our kayaks for a mere $16. 

Just about two minutes past the put-in at Redding Campground, we hit the first riffle. I was glad to have my sprayskirt on as at one point I could not see over the top of the wave crashing across the bow of my kayak! Thankfully, the riffle was long on water, but short on rocks.  Despite the refreshing and unexpected dousing, we slid through the whitewater with no real problems.  If you paddle this river expect another rapid to be around every corner. 

Dianne did get into a spot of trouble running the only named rapid on our trip: Sacroiliac Rapids.  Watching the current push her hard toward a massive boulder shaped like a Panther's head on the left as the river channel swung hard to the right, gave me pause.  She paddled her way out of the jam, but I decided to run the rapid with an emphasis on staying the heck away from that huge boulder.  Taking the bumpier, shallow path down the middle took the steam out of that rapid. A large metal bridge crosses the river right after the Turner Bend take-out, so it should be pretty tough to miss the large stone steps that mark the end of the trip. - More Mulberry River float trip details on our kayaking blog.

The free-flowing Mulberry River flows clear and cool through the hills of the Ozarks and into the Arkansas River just a few miles downstream from Ft. Smith, Arkansas. 

This Ozark whitewater roller coaster offers at least 20 significant Class II-III rapids to negotiate. The best Mulberry River water levels and weather conditions are usually found from mid-March to mid-June.

It is a very fun and scenic river that is totally dependant on local rainfall.  Be sure to check the river conditions before heading toward the Mulberry.  During the dry months, the river is still a good place for swimming and Kayak Fishing.

In 1985, the General Assembly declared the Mulberry to be a scenic river of the State of Arkansas and in 1992 it was named a National Wild and Scenic River.

The Ozark Highlands Trail, which runs just north of kayak outfitter Turner Bend. extends from one end of the Ozark National Forest to the other. There are numerous access points on the trail. You can easily include some hiking along with your float trips to the Mulberry River.Ozark Arkansas whitewater kayaking on the Mulberry River

Paddling The Mulberry River is not recommended for anybody with less than an intermediate level whitewater proficiency whenever the stage is greater than 2.4 feet.

This is a cold water river, so wear wetsuits, drysuits or some other quick drying apparel for safety.  As always, wear your PFD and take your kayaking self-rescue gear as well.


Mulberry River Canoe & Kayak Outfitter List

Byrd's Adventure Center of the Ozarks
7037 Cass Oark Rd.
Ozark, AR 72949

Byrd's Adventure Center offers: Canoe, kayak or raft rentals, shuttle services, wet-suit rentals, hiker shuttles, bike rental, guide services, lodging , campground & supplies. Mulberry River Float Trips from 4 miles to 40 miles long.  8 miles upriver from Turner Bend.

Turner Bend - Canoes, Kayak & Rafts
20034 North Hwy. 23
Ozark, AR 72949

A 27 year old family business, Turner Bend offers: Canoe, kayak or raft rentals, shuttle services, guide services, two cabins, 14 campsites & a paddler supplies store.  Mulberry River Float Trips from 4 miles to 23 miles long.  8 miles downriver from Byrd's Adventure Center.

Turner Bend also provides Hiker shuttles for the Ozark Highlands Trail, which runs just north of Turner Bend.

Class II whitewater on The Lower Mountain Fork River near Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
Class II Whitewater on the Lower Mt. Fork River near Broken Bow, OK


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