By: 
Arkansas State Parks Staff
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Fishing at Cane Creek State Park
Fishing at Cane Creek State Park

Summer is here, and that means it’s time to get out on the water. While Arkansas might be a landlocked state, that doesn’t mean you can’t feel the rush of flowing water surround you on a hot day. Grab a paddle or fishing rod and don’t forget your SPF 50!

Kayaking, Canoeing & Paddleboarding

Paddle boarding at DeGray Lake Resort State Park while an egret flies by

Drift along the rippling waters of a lake or river in a brightly colored kayak or atop a stand-up paddleboard. From the middle of a waterway, you’ll see a completely different side of Arkansas State Parks. Float by banks of sand, forests of pine and fellow paddlers as you make your way around the crystal clear H20.

Favorite Spots:, DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Withrow Springs State Park, Cane Creek State Park

Swimming

Dad throwing daughter in the air in the lake at Woolly Hollow State Park

 

Dive into the cool liquid of a lake, stream, swimming hole or family-friendly pool this summer. As the temperatures rise, the need to fling yourself into a cold, aquamarine abyss will increase as well. Pop back out and lie on a sandy beach to dry off before doing it all over again — it is summer after all.

Favorite Spots: Petit Jean State ParkCrowley’s Ridge State Park, Woolly Hollow State Park

Fishing

Fishing at Lake Chicot State Park

Cast a line and hook a largemouth bass on one of the 12 rivers or 29 sparkling lakes that call The Natural State home. Not a bass fan? We have crappie, catfish and bream to satisfy all of your angling needs. Or go fly fishing in the rushing waters of a mountain stream — whatever you choose, the expedition will be epic.

Favorite Spots: Millwood State Park, Lake Chicot State Park, Bull Shoals-White River State Park 

Boating

Sunset sailboat at Lake Dardanelle State Park

Feel the wind in your hair when you push the throttle up on a sleek watercraft, bouncing along much to the glee of your family. Or let the breeze take you somewhere special on a classic sailboat. Anchor down and watch the sunset paint the sky with purples, pinks and oranges. Or get up before dawn for a sunrise trip around the area.

Favorite Spots, Mississippi River State Park, Woolly Hollow State Park, Lake Dardanelle State Park

Snorkeling & Diving

Snorkeling at DeGray Lake Resort State Park

With so many rock-lined lochs, there are tons of opportunities for diving beneath the surface to see otherworldly sights. Kick your fins and observe schools of fish, plants swaying to their own water-fueled beat and gleaming mussel shells.

Favorite Spots: Lake Ouachita State Park, Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, DeGray Lake Resort State Park

Marinas

Lake Fort Smith State Park Marina

Didn’t bring your kayak, paddleboard or boat with ya? That’s OK! Arkansas State Parks has you covered. Don’t worry about a thing — these full-service rental shops have everything you could ever need. Pick up extra fuel, bait and snacky bits for your voyage.

Favorite Spots: Lake Catherine State Park, Lake Fort Smith State Park, Moro Bay State Park