The Arkansas River was designated as a National Water Trail by the National Park Service in 2016. There are currently at least 22 sites along the river which are open to the public for paddling.
Arkansas River Water Trail
Only three rivers in Kansas are legally navigable and open to public recreation: the Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri rivers.
192-miles of the Arkansas River, stretching from Great Bend to the Oklahoma border, were added to the National Water Trails system in 2016.
More information on the Arkansas River National Water Trail:
- Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks– Rivers & Streams Information
- National Recreational Trails Database – Arkansas River Water Trail