Kayaking in Arkansas

Kayaking Trips in Arkansas

This southeastern US state is home to several bodies of water that are wonderful kayaking spots! Arkansas shares a border with the Mississippi River and has 33 rivers that go all the way through the state, eight of which are designated as National Wild & Scenic Rivers! Find kayaking trips in Arkansas for every level of kayaker. Whether you're looking for a guided trip, kayak rentals, self-guided, day trip, multi-day trip, or anything in between, there's a kayak trip in Arkansas for you. If you've paddled Arkansas before, be sure to share your trip with the rest of us!

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Guide to Kayaking Arkansas

Is it your first time kayaking in Arkansas? It hosts a wide variety of water to paddle from flat water to class V white water!. Be sure to check out these popular locations:

    • Mississippi River
    • Cossatot River
    • Beaver Lake
    • Buffalo River
    • Table Rock Lake

If you've kayaked in Arkansas before, please post your trip and share your experience with the paddling community!

Kayaking Locations in Arkansas

If you want to plot your own route, check out all paddling locations in Arkansas! Search thousands of put-in and take-out locations on our Paddling Locations Map and be sure to download the Go Paddling app where you can save favorites or create and share a float plan!

Plan a Kayaking Trip to Arkansas

Over the years, many of our paddlers have paddled throughout Arkansas and were so generous to share their paddling experiences with us in a community trip report. Read a few examples of Arkansas community trip reports below:

Have you paddled in Arkansas? Post Your Trip and share with the community!

Connect with Paddlers in Arkansas

Kayak Outfitters in Arkansas

Looking to rent a kayak or go on a guided trip? Check out these outfitters in Arkansas:

Articles about Arkansas Paddling

Observations from Canoeing the Buffalo River

Administered by the National Park Service, the protected Buffalo is one of the few remaining un-dammed rivers in America. With the exception of some well-maintained Park Service campsites (with room for dozens of tents!), there is no development along the shores.