Troop 142 Template - April 06, 2012

Arkansas Rivers

Canoeing, Rafting, and Kayaking the rivers of Arkansas can be very exciting and rewarding. With spectacular views of bluffs, wildlife and history, makes an experience that will never be forgotten. Whether you are looking for a 1 or 10 day trip, many of these rivers can provide an itinerary to meet your needs. Some of the rivers are listed below with links to maps and river level reports.

Statewide Streamflow Data

The Buffalo River is America's First National River. Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Once you arrive, prepare to journey from running rapids to quiet pools while surrounded by massive bluffs as you cruise through the Ozark Mountains down to the White River.

The Kings River begins high in the mountains of Madison County. From this steep country the stream twists its way northward to the White River and finally flows into southern Missouri's Table Rock Lake, a distance of approximately 90 miles.

It wouldn't be completely accurate to describe the Mulberry River as 50 miles of whitewater, but it would not be far from the truth for several months of the year. The stream is definitely one of the state's wildest rivers during spring.

To a casual reader of maps, the White River appears mostly, well, indecisive. It flows west in its headwaters region before turning north in the Fayetteville-Springdale area. On toward Eureka Springs, the river bends back to the east, then wanders up through southern Missouri before reentering Arkansas and angling to the southeast past Cotter, Calico Rock, and Batesville.

Mammoth Spring is the headwaters for the Spring River. Flowing at almost 10 million gallons of water per hour, the state's largest spring provides great canoeing and fishing on the river throughout the year.

A year-round float stream, the Eleven Point River is fed by numerous springs making it an ideal destination for floaters any month. About 70 percent of its flow is supplied by these springs. Even when the river is low after a period of drought, all shoal areas can be navigated.

The spring-fed Illinois River rises in the Ozark Mountains in the northwest corner of Arkansas, in Washington County southwest of Fayetteville, near the town of Hogeye. It flows west into northeast Oklahoma, then southwest and south through the mountains of eastern Oklahoma, past Scraper and Tahlequah. South of Tahlequah, it passes through the reservoir Tenkiller Ferry Lake before joining the Arkansas River

Weather Information

Weather conditions -good, bad, and ugly- are an important factor in any outdoor Scouting activity. In fact, how you plan and prepare for the weather can make the difference between a great outdoor experience, a miserable or cancelled outing, and even injury or death in hazardous conditions.

  • Scoutlook Weather
  • Intellicast
  • The Weather Channel
  • BSA Weather Smart Links
  • Paddle Craft Safety

    Before a BSA group may engage in an excursion, expedition, or trip on the water adult leaders for such activity must complete specific training.

  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Safety Afloat
  • Aquatics Resources