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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.