A Different Perspective of the Mulberry River

Local residents can provide you with an accurate description of the river’s named rapids and the closest place to find gas or a good hamburger, but I want to introduce you to the natural environment that has transformed my life and perspective. My relationship with the Mulberry evolved as I learned more about the river and began to explore during different seasons. My first experience on … [Read more...]

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail | Travel Arkansas Blog

The natural diversity of central Arkansas is amazing. From the rocky summit of Pinnacle Mountain in the west to the wetlands of Fourche Creek south of town, Little Rock has endless outdoor recreation opportunities. An often overlooked urban water trail is available to paddle in Little Rock.  Fourche Creek flows for around 25 miles through the southern part of the city. “I’ve had the opportunity … [Read more...]

‘The Canoe’: A Film Celebrating the Simple Joy of Paddling | Outside Online

The canoe, a preferred mode of adventure in Arkansas, come dip your paddle... The canoe may be the most iconic watercraft of all time, so it's easy to understand why filmmaker Goh Iromoto paid homage to this vessel in his recent film, The Canoe. The story is told from the perspective of paddlers across Ontario and underscores the connection between the human spirit and paddling canoes. As an avid … [Read more...]

Ten of the Best Places to Paddle on National Forests – National Forest Foundation

You would expect the nations first National River to show up on the list of the ten best places to paddle. In 2013, we posted a blog called “14 Best Places to Canoe and Kayak on National Forests.” Two years later, it’s still one of our most popular blogs. We thought we should add a few gems we missed and highlight some of the other best places to paddle on our National Forests. Source: Ten of … [Read more...]

Weekend Plans: Buffalo River Bronze Backs | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media

Looks like they are finding out about us. Great article from Kayak Angler Magazine: Stunning limestone bluffs separate the river from the sky. The crystal clear stream is full of wild fish that fight like demons. I feel like I’m in a beer commercial on a high-mountain stream, but I’m fishing the Buffalo National River near St. Joe, Arkansas. Spend the day floating the Buffalo and you’ll … [Read more...]

Remembering ArKAYAKansas

12 years ago Lance Jones released a 45-minute long tribute and guide to whitewater in Arkansas. Sure the music is a bit dated but it still rocks. This is further proof that Arkansas is a true adventure state, yes we have serious whitewater. With rain in the forecast this weekend, I'm sure that local boaters are ready to hit the creeks. If you're coming from out of state, bring your bike, your … [Read more...]

The Economic Benefits of the Buffalo National River

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,463,304 visitors to Buffalo National River in 2015 spent $62,243,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 969 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $72,009,000. “Buffalo National River welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Kevin Cheri. … [Read more...]

Race the Falls 2016

I love community. In my 35+ years of adventure sports; I have had the opportunity to belong to a number of adventure communities of athletes.. As a “35 year novice kayaker”, this is one community that I have the least experience with. I am not sure why. It is probably because I spent the majority of my time on the Big Piney Creek and never really ventured out of my comfort zone till a few years … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Flooding Information

Below are updates from the National Park Service at Buffalo National River River Closure Lifted as Damage Assessment Continues (December 30, 2015, 11:22) The Buffalo River has receded sufficiently for canoe and kayak use to resume today.  Although a comprehensive damage assessment is still ongoing, all campgrounds with the exception of Tyler Bend and parts of Buffalo Point are open. However, all … [Read more...]

Celebrate 100 Years with 100 miles

January 1st marks the beginning of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial celebration and the seven National Park Service sites in Arkansas will kick off the celebration by launching the Centennial Iron Ranger Challenge – a year-long program to encourage visitors to “Find Your Park” and improve their health and fitness by completing 100 miles of physical activity over the course of the … [Read more...]