Monday, March 03, 2008

Spring Paddling Season Approaches

Robbers Cave Trailhead
Originally uploaded by FreeWine
What a long strange winter it's been! I will be glad to see an end to it.

I stopped by K-River Campground's website today and Tom says that the Kiamichi River level has been up at a nice paddling level for quite awhile now. Last week they had 3000 CFS water flow and 70+ degree temps! That is my definition of good times around Antlers, OK. Just drive carefully... they got deer.

The Illinois River looks to be running strong these days also. I would like to paddle down that river before the traffic gets too heavy this summer.

Little ol' Noel, MO... right on the Oklahoma border has been calling me lately.

The lodging options are a bit limited in Noel but nicely flowing, whitewater-free, paddling opportunities abound. I'm thinking a jacuzzi room in nearby Springfield, MO and an early morning arrival at one of several canoe outfitters in the area.

We should be able to book shuttling to the Deep Ford area and take our kayaks down the peaceful and lovely Elk River to a takeout at the Shady Beach campground and canoe livery.

Come on Spring!


Rainmaker said...

I'm getting excited about paddling again here shortly. I've been watching the kayakers pratice in my rec centers pool the last few months - just teasing me before I get out onto the river.

Which reminds me...I've gotta remember to order a new skirt for one of my new kayaks.


Thomas said...

Thanks for stopping by, Rainmaker! I enjoyed reading your running blog at

Anetta said...

Hi, very nice blog,I just writing about active holidays on my blog and thinking how it would be nice to try out some of it: rafting kayaking...In Croatia we have nice place for it, River Cetina. Maybe this summer I will.I heard it great!Best regards from Croatia!