Friday, September 10, 2010

Fall Kayaking is the Best!

The water levels are rising and the weekend forecast calls for low winds and temps less than 90 degrees! It would appear that the Fall paddling season is ready to begin.

Fall is my favorite season for kayaking around the Ozarks. I enjoy the faster water for paddling combined with the color changes in the trees. You will also find mmuch less traffic at popular kayaking destinations like the Elk River in Noel, MO or the Kings River near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The mighty Mulberry River in Ozark Arkansas is too high for paddling now, but keep an eye on it as it should start falling soon.

I don't know where I will be putting my kayak in this weekend, but I like the looks of The Kings River level today. On Sunday, September 19 some of the Oklahoma Flatwater Paddlers are meeting at Okmulgee Lake. I hope/plan to head out there and paddle Salt Creek with some of the gang. You should grab a kayak and join in!

The Illinois River was rather low when I wrote this posting, but the forecast is for it to rise very fast. Watch out for downed Willow trees, if you paddle in Tahlequah this weekend.

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