‘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...]

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...]

126 Miles of the Buffalo National River

Some people feel they must travel great distances for adventure. For Laramy Ridley and the Kayak Arkansas crew, there is plenty to be had right here in Arkansas. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding for 126 miles on the Buffalo National River is serious adventure, particularly over time in various seasons and changing water levels. In Laramy's words, "I started in the fall of 2014 to SUP the … [Read more...]

What to do with all this water

Spring can be pretty wet in Arkansas but that doesn't mean you can't still have some fun. In fact, fun is exactly what you should have. Here is a video that our friends at Kayak Arkansas did on Haw Creek. Welcome to the season. Haw Creek from Kayak Arkansas on Vimeo.    … [Read more...]

Water, water….everywhere

Looks like a good time for a float... Shortly after the Whitewater Canoe & Kayak School on the Mulberry River a few weeks ago, several intrepid kayakers and open boaters took to a first run on the Cossatot River. Thanks to Jeff Gannon for this video from the float. cossatot first timers show 2014 from Jeff Gannon on Vimeo. Also, Kayak Arkansas and Arkansas Outside contributor, … [Read more...]

Wet, Wild and Wonderful

Spending time with people who are in to and excited by outdoor recreation is a pleasure. Rarely is there boring talk of what's on television or what someone said did on an awards show the other night. There is not even much talk of spectator sports. The conversations tend to be about experiences: their experiences, a friend's experiences and sharing your experiences. What could be better than … [Read more...]

How to Spend the Last Day of Summer Vacation

Three things came together this weekend that created a once in a lifetime experience: a float on the upper Buffalo National River....in mid August. First-  for us August is a time to back off the Arkansas Outside push for awhile, time to spend a couple of weekends with the family and catchi up on chores around the house. It's the short rest we need before we dive into the craziness of outdoor … [Read more...]

Rollin’ on the River

Rollin' on the River for the 4th of July for us might have described our oft used River Trail route by bike but this year it meant getting one of our much neglected kayaks out of storage and loaded on the Arkansas Outside Mobile Office along with my new paddleboard. Friends and AO contributors Aly and Bryan Signorelli invited us to join a group that planned to paddle the Ouachita River from the … [Read more...]

The Return of Slalom Racing to Central Arkansas

What do parachute pants, sea foam green, vinyl records, and kayak slalom racing have in common? They're all making a comeback! On Saturday June 22, over 100 people showed up in Dierks, Arkansas at Horseshoe Bend Campground for the first slalom event in Arkansas in about 15 years. Kayak slalom racing, according to Wikipedia is, "a competitive sport where the aim is to navigate a decked canoe or … [Read more...]

A wet, wild morning in Little Rock

I'm pretty sure I've never raced in a rain as heavy as what we had today.  As we warmed up this morning, the sky to the west (upriver) was black.  Less than a minute after the gun went off, we slammed head-on into the deluge, and it felt like smacking into a liquid wall.  The rain came down in buckets for the entire race, and continued to do so through the awards ceremony, which was held under the … [Read more...]