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Top Five Ozark Floating Adventures for 2018

Summer 2018 is here and we’ve got just the vacation you’ve been needing! It’s time for some hydrotherapy here in the beautiful one of a kind Arkansas Ozarks. Kayaking, canoeing, fishing or just a good old fashion swim, we have it all conveniently located in the Eureka Springs area! The following are our top five float trips:

 

While in the Eureka Springs area, take time for a terrific back-to-nature experience and do a 5 mile float on the White River Tailwater from Beaver Lake Dam to the US-62 bridge take-out. Rent a canoe or bring a kayak and paddle early in AM if possible to enjoy the light fog over the water which results from 48-52 degree water meeting warmer air temps. It’s a mystical flatwater float with almost no current so you can really relax and enjoy a leisurely paddle. Fish if you’d like, there are massive trout in this deep cold waterway. The scenery is breath-taking with limestone bluffs rising two to three hundred feet above the river giving the water it’s mesmerizing emerald green color. The water is clear and ice-cold all year making the paddle a refreshingly cool experience even during the summer heat. This is a great float even for the beginning paddler. No obstacles or rapids. Just an awesome way to relax and enjoy 2 1/2 hours on the water.

Making it’s way through the breathtaking Ozark Mountains, the Buffalo River runs 135 miles through the Southern Ozark Region and makes it easy to 

  • re-connect with nature and take a vacation that create cherished lifetime memories for you and your loved ones! With breathtaking vistas Creating  your own adventures (and some unforgettable memories) through  River hikingridingfloating and flying are just some of the outdoor adventures you can have in the park.  Watchable wildlife includes a bountiful Arkansas Elk Herd, deer, black bear, eagle and innumerable other fish and bird species. The Buffalo River – National Park Region Park is a perfect summer destination with Hiking, mid-america’s grandest waterfalls, sand bars, caving adventures, a GHOST TOWN and the river opening to some of the most dynamic canoeing adventures of the year. Return for winter in Arkansas as they are often mild, hiking is pleasant, scenic and bug free and the elk herd, swans and other watchable wildlife opportunities are outstanding.

Buffaloriver.org is the authority in connecting all visitors to the Buffalo National River Region including Arkansas Bikers, Natural State hikers and guest enjoying the Buffalo River for canoeing, birding or a relaxing Arkansas get-a-way.

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The Mulberry flows in a West to Southwest course in its rush to flow through the Ozarks. Access points are accessible and fairly common, particularly where the stream is within the Ozark National Forest.

The first major access point is at Wolf Pen Recreation Area, which is off of Ark. 215 and about 2.5 miles downstream from the Arkansas 103 bridge. Exit for this float is frequently Byrd’s Adventure Center, located 8.5 miles downriver.  Another popular access point is High Bank located on Arkansas 215, just 9.2 miles east of Cass and the Pig Trail Scenic Byway.  This access for the Mulberry is also the starting point to reach one of the state’s most breathtaking waterfalls called the High Bank Twins.

The second float begins at Byrd’s Adventure Center and concludes 7.5 miles downstream at the Ark. 23 crossing, often referred to as Turner Bend. There is no shortage of class II excitement along this scenic route, including some impressive large boulders that influence and direct the stream flow. Redding Campground is a Forest Service development  located halfway through this trip and a private camping area is found at Turner Bend.

The third major float originates at the Arkansas 23 bridge and progresses 10.5 miles to a U.S. Forest Service access point known as Campbell Cemetery. Like the Mulberry’s earlier floats, this one features solid class II whitewater, plus several notorious willow thickets that should be negotiated with caution.

The Mulberry River’s final section from Campbell Cemetery to the Mill Creek access point on Plymouth Road is also a floater’s favorite. Along the 13-mile trip, floaters continue past Mill Creek another four miles to the Bluff Hole U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park just east of the town of Mulberry on U.S. 64. The pools on this section are longer, requiring a little more paddling, but many feel this is more than offset by the solitude and  offered during this stretch. Experience Class II rapids and the beautiful willow thickets lining this amazing river! 

One of the most popular floats on the Kings, the majority of this quiet stretch of river runs through land owned by The Arkansas Nature Conservancy. You will discover multiple gravel bars and deep pools to swim in and  relax by. As well as some notable rock features.

This scenic 8 mile stretch takes an average 5-6 hours, a number which is varies with water levels as well as the pace and endurance of the individual paddler.   

A popular day float, this stretch of river carries you through gentle snake-like curves. A part of the trophy section, floating to McMullen Farm is a great choice for fishermen looking to catch some small-mouth bass. 

This 5 mile float takes an average 3-4 hours depending on water levels as well as the pace of each individual. 

These are just a few of the amazing floats you can opt for in the Ozarks. So whether you’re looking for a leisurely float, day on the river bank with the family or seeking the thrill of the white water rapids, we have it all here for you. With it’s close proximity to all of these adventures, when you stay in Eureka Springs you’re in the heart of it all!

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