Arkansas white water river rafting
Cossatot River State Park - Natural Area

White Water River Rafting in Arkansas State Parks

Arkansas's rivers and streams offer something for everyone, from peaceful river floats to adrenaline-pumping white water rafting in Arkansas. For a real river rafting adventure, try the Class IV rapids of the Cossatot Falls in the wild and scenic Cossatot River of Arkansas.

BULL SHOALS-WHITE RIVER - Just below Bull Shoals Dam, this state park stretches alongside the cool clear waters of the White River, Arkansas's premier trout stream. Park interpreters lead guided jon boat, canoe and kayak tours on the river. Along the way, your guide will relate river history and point out wildlife and unique geological features. As you paddle down this renowned Ozark Mountain stream, look for herons and hawks soaring in the sky above. Look-or fish-for trout in the cool waters below. Now you, too, will understand why this is one of Arkansas's natural treasures. For a unique family adventure, combine a guided float trip with an overnight stay in the park's riverside campground. Or, choose one of the park's Rent-A-Camp tents or a fully-equipped Rent-An-RV.
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COSSATOT - The Cossatot River is Arkansas's premier whitewater experience for kayakers and canoeists. When the water is high, the paddlers are here. This National Wild and Scenic River, however, is a watershed basin with flow levels dependent on rainfall. After significant precipitation, the river level rises, allowing experienced paddlers the opportunity to test their skills in challenging Class IV and V whitewater. At Cossatot Falls, a rocky canyon with distinct ledges, the river drops 33 feet in elevation within 1/3 of a mile. Late winter to early spring is peak whitewater paddling season. Class IV-V whitewater is for experts only.

When the water level is normal, the river's rapids are usually considered Class II-III whitewater. You can swim, fish and float through riffles and small rapids, from pool to pool, as you relax and enjoy the Cossatot. Make it a day trip, or bring your tent and camp at access points that stretch along the river. This is a wonderful wilderness adventure for families.

For river stage information (in feet) from the Highway 246 access, call (870) 387-3141, or visit the U.S. Geological Survey website for Cossatot River real-time data at:
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DAVIDSONVILLE HISTORIC- This state park, on the banks of the Black River, borders the south end of the historic town site of Davidsonville. This once flourishing river town faded in the 1830s when bypassed by the Southwest Trail. Today archeologists are rediscovering this frontier town where buildings once stood and a community thrived. You can choose between two 8-mile excursions: Float from the town of Pocahontas down to the park, or put in at the park's riverfront and paddle down to historic Powhatan. The park offers all equipment needed, plus shuttle service. The Black River usually flows about two miles per hour, so plan for your 8-mile journey to last about three to four hours. During the 19th century, rivers were the major means of travel for settlers, trappers and traders. Trace the route these early pioneers traveled in their keelboats, flat boats and jon boats. Here you'll paddle back in time at the site of the Arkansas Territory's first post office, courthouse and federal land office.
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PINNACLE MOUNTAIN - At the western edge of Arkansas's capital city, Pinnacle Mountain State Park includes upland peaks and bottomland forests teeming with wildlife along the Big and Little Maumelle Rivers. Rising above the varied landscapes is 1,011-foot Pinnacle Mountain, the park's dominant natural feature, which has for centuries been a landmark for travelers on the adjacent Arkansas River. The rivers' peaceful waters are ideal for floaters who seek an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, because Pinnacle Mountain State Park's diverse wildlife habitats include stands of bald cypress trees and lush wetlands. This is a place where kingfishers fly, white-tailed deer browse, and wildflowers grow. You can bring your own canoe or kayak, or rent a canoe from the state park. Each spring and fall the park's interpreters offer a variety of guided 4 ½-mile canoe floats on the Little Maumelle River. These gentle cruises offer you the chance to spend quality time with family and friends while learning about the local flora and fauna from your naturalist guide.
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