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Kayak the Spring River from Baxter Springs KS all the way to Quapaw, Oklahoma.
Spring River Near Quapaw in Northern Oklahoma






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The Kiamichi River near Antlers, Oklahoma.
Scenic Kayaking on The Kiamichi River in Southeastern Oklahoma.


Grave Creek Access to Lake Eufaula offers nice flatwater paddling near Hitchita, OK.
Kayaking from Grave Creek to Lake Eufaula



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Dylan and Thomas Canoe the Kings River in Eureka Springs, AR
Canoe paddling on the Kings River near Eureka Springs



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Area River Levels and Canoe Launch Locations

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.

  • The 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.
    (Trip Report, Current River Level)

  • The 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.

  • The Kiamichi 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.

  • The 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.

  • The Elk River - Just across the Missouri border is a wide and scenic river perfect for family floating.

  • The Buffalo National River - Just across the Arkansas border, this National Scenic River has it all.

  • 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.

  • Okmulgee, Oklahoma - the area I live in - Offers some great paddling and camping spots nearby. Heck, you might even see Dianne and I on one of the waterways listed on our Okmulgee page.

  • Eastern Oklahoma's Lake Eufaula - Like an inland sea, so large it crosses many different counties and microclimates. Do we paddle it?  Heck, ya!  Surfing the boat wakes on the big lake at Gentry Creek is a fun way to spend a hot day. Sometimes we kayak from Graves Creek down to the lake, too!

  • Paddle Texas - I've been putting together a page about kayaking spots in the parts of Texas that are close to OklahomaHey, 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.

  • Should you buy or rent your kayak?  We explore the pros and cons of buying vs. renting kayaks.

  • The 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 Quapaw, Oklahoma.

  • 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 River
Rental Kayak on the Lower Mountain Fork River in Broken Bow, OK.

Fun Fact: Oklahoma is one of about 8 states out of 50 that require canoes/kayaks to be registered.

Check our new Oklahoma Kayak Photography page for more paddling pictures.

The Flat Creek arm of Table Rock Lake offers scenic flatwater paddling near Cape Fair, Missouri.
Table Rock Lake near Cape Fair, MO.

Little Greenleaf Creek

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!

Deep Fork River Morning Kayaking near Dighton, Oklahoma.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 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.

To aid your Oklahoma Adventure travel efforts, check-out our: 

  • List of Oklahoma float trip outfitters for Canoe and Kayak rentals in Oklahoma and throughout the Ozarks region.

  • River levels for some popular rivers in the area listed below.

  • Camping and lodging resources for Oklahoma and Ozarks area canoe & kayak trips.

  • Float trip reviews for Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Kansas and Missouri family float trips can be found on our Kayak Oklahoma Blog. It is also a great way to link up with other Oklahoma area paddlers.

  • Great local Oklahoma area attractions and kayak fishing tips to accent your river running adventures can be found here.

  • You can even pop over to Flickr and have a look at our Flickr Map. Most of the photos on our Flickr map are pictures of Oklahoma kayaking spots.  Find one near you and hit the water!

The Oklahoma Water Atlas is available for FREE online and the OWRB offers printed copies of the Oklahoma Water Atlas.

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Oklahoma Area Float Trip Reports

Buffalo River Trip Report  Mt. Fork River Trip Report  Illinois River Trip Report  Elk River Trip Report  Kiamichi River Trip Report  Oklahoma Lake Kayaking Report 2006 Spring River Trip Report 2008 Spring River Trip Report  Wichita Kansas Kayaking Trip 2010  Caddo Lake in Texas



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