Our Rivers

Whether you like to fish, float or need a little R & R,  you don’t have to travel far to find a good river or creek to fill that craving. Below you will find several options,  some of which I have personally experienced. Each link gives basic information on the body of water,  water levels,  and what to expect as far as floating difficulty. In addition, each link provides a map that will provide directions to each location.

Arkansas


 Buffalo National River, AR – The Buffalo National River was established in 1972. This river flows for 135 miles and is surrounded by bluffs of sandstone, limestone, and dolomite, some towering at over 400 feet. Nestled within the Ozarks, only 11% of the

 

The Illinois River, AR – The Illinois River is fed by 1,660 square miles of the watershed from North West Arkansas. The river serves as the main tributary to Tenkiller Ferry Reservoir, Oklahoma. Spring fed the river flows well most of the year only dropping in extreme

 

Mulberry River, AR – The Mulberry River is a tributary of the Arkansas River. It is located in the Ozark National Forest, in Newton County, AR. The river is 70 miles long and offers about 40 miles of good floating. The current river level is determined by rainfall, so

 

Missouri


Shoal Creek, MO – Shoal Creek gets its name from its fast, rocky ledges and falls. Grand Falls, near Joplin Missouri, is found on Shoal Creek.  It once dropped over 30 ft in a constricted section before a dam was later built. You can’t find any other falls like the

 

Center Creek, MO – Center creek can be found in Jasper County. The creek was once home to Lakeside, an amusement park from the early 1900s.  Center Creek is a fast and narrow creek with sharp turns and many obstacles.  

 

Spring River, MO – Spring River was very important to Native Americans and was known as one of “Seven Bulls,” a term used by Native Americans describing the rivers of southwest Missouri.

 

Big Sugar Creek, MO – Big Sugar Creek provides 24 miles of floatable access during the spring and summer seasons and is classified as class II difficulty.  Not only does it provide floating opportunities, but also provides wonderful scenery including bluffs and caves

 

Elk River, MO – The Elk River,  formerly known as Cowskin,  is located in Southwest Missouri near Noel and Pineville and flows down into Northeast Oklahoma,  eventually flowing into Grand Lake. The Elk River is 35.2 miles long and is known for its clear waters,

 

Oklahoma 


Spring River, OK – his page is for the section of Spring River that crosses over into Oklahoma. Spring River is fed by Big Spring near its source, Big Spring has a daily flow of 12.3 Million Gallons of water a day. Spring River is a fast-paced stream for the most part