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The Elk River at Noel, Missouri just 3 and half hours from Tulsa.
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
We don't charge paddling outfitters for listing their
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.
(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
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
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.
Eureka Springs Paddling or our
White River Kayaking page to learn more about Arkansas float
Buy Recreational Kayaks
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
Illinois River - Classic Family Float Trips in NE
Oklahoma near Tahlequah. (Illinois River Trip Reports)
Mountain Fork - from trout fishing to canoeing &
kayaking - Class II whitewater on the Lower Mt. Fork River near Broken Bow, Oklahoma. (LMF
Trip Reports) Big rapids, 6-foot waterfall on the Upper
Mt. Fork River near Smithville, Oklahoma.
Kiamichi River - Rustic camping fishing and floating in
SE Oklahoma near Antlers. (River
Kiamichi River Outfitter)
Glover River - Advanced Oklahoma whitewater for experts
Elk River - Safe and scenic family float trips just
across the Missouri border in Noel. (Elk
River Trip Reports)
Buffalo River - The classic family float trip, on
America's first National Scenic River. Widely considered
the most scenic paddling trip in the Ozarks. The Buffalo
River offers many miles of scenic paddling, great camping spots
and exciting whitewater in Arkansas. (Buffalo River Trip Reports)
The Oklahoma River
- OKC renamed and redeveloped their section of the
Canadian River and captured the attention of the world.
The White River - ice cold trout-fishing waters offer
misty paddling near Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Mountain Home,
See our brief White River Photo slideshow. While you
are in the area
kayak the King's River at Eureka Springs, AR.
The Mulberry River - Class II to Class III Ozark
whitewater kayaking right off I-40 near Clarksville, Arkansas.
We ran this river in September of 2009:
Mulberry River Trip Report.
Oklahoma lakes offer a great alternative
kayaking option. We
kayak on Lake Okmulgee & Dripping Springs Lake often.
Dianne and I also frequent a couple
access points on the Deep Fork River for kayaking and
The Deep Fork River is loaded with toothy Alligator Gar,
Flathead Catfish and a variety of poisonous snakes.
Bixhoma is another fine lake for kayaking near Tulsa, OK
and we regularly take paddling trips on the
enormous Lake Eufaula.
Enjoy local flatwater canoeing? Try
Grave Creek and
Oklahoma Paddle Sport Outfitter Info By 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.
Floats, Canoe Rentals & Guided Fishing Trips
Charlie Umstead 405-244-3284
Location: US 259 on the east, SH 3 on the south, SH 144
on the north
Glover River is Oklahoma's only untamed waterway (meaning no
dams block its course).
and un-commercialized, the Glover River is ideal for
veteran floaters with a detailed knowledge of the local topography
and experience with unpredictable waters.
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.
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.
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.
& Canoe Rental,
Waterslide, Tent Camping
(Tested and Approved)
Eagle Float Resort
Canoes, Kayaks, Gifts
(Tested and Approved)
Camping, RV Sites, Boat Rental & Shuttle Service.
Motel, RV, Kayaks
showers, shuttle service
30 new camp sites with electric are available for 2011.
Cabins, RV, Kayaks
Lower Illinois River is a designated Oklahoma trout
fishing stream. Anglers find rainbow and brown trout, stripers,
crappie, catfish and bass.
Fork River (Float
3 foot Waterfalls & Class II Rapids
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 (Tested
(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
Broken Bow, Ok, 74728
Located on the lower Mountain fork river, offering a 4 mile
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 kayak outfitter for the lower Mountain Fork River.
Hwy 70 - 3.5 Miles East of Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
& Paul Jordan
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.
Trading Post & Canoe Rentals (Tested and Approved)
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.
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.
Rt. 1, Box 532
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Riverside Canoe Rental
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
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.
Fork River Floats
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."
Bend River Floats
(Lower & Upper Mt. Fork River)
Goose Canoe & Kayak Rentals
Kiamichi River (Float
One Outfitter, Spring Whitewater
River Campground Antlers, Ok (Tested and Approved)
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:
66 Box 42, Patterson Road
Moyers, OK 74557
(not available on our last try, call first)
off for picnic, arrowhead hunt, explore,
$20 - $25 per person
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.
North Canadian River near Pearce, Oklahoma.
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
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)
See complete listing at
Row, Kayak or Dragon Boat on the Oklahoma
River in OKC
The City of OKC recently renamed part of
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
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
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
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.
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 http://www.beaversbend.com/.
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.
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Bend Land and Water Park (Located in Beavers Bend Resort
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.
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