Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thousand Acre Lake -a Brief Return to DFWR

White Oak Area of DFWR by FreeWine
White Oak Area of DFWR, a photo by FreeWine on Flickr.
Recent rains in the Okmulgee, Oklahoma area have brought the Deep Fork River out of its banks and re-flooded the normally dry 'Thousand Acre Lake'. We went kayaking here after work yesterday.  It was a bit breezy, but very fun paddling between the thorn bushes and pecan trees.  We saw many large fish.

Finding the Elusive Thousand Acre Lake

From Highway 75, Take 20th Street, in Okmulgee, West until you reach the first STOP sign at the Okmulgee Coke Plant. Continue to folow that road west, it is now called Sharp Road. Thousand acre lake is a mile or two down Sharp Road.

Look for a parking area on the left with signs identifying it as the Deep Fork Wildlife Refuge - White Oak area. Folks are likely to be sitting there fishing. If you reach the Deep Fork River bridge on Sharp Road...you went too far.

Thousand Acre Lake is not my favorite Okmulgee County kayaking spot, but it is the most rare. It offers that 'flooded forest' vibe that makes Caddo Lake so attractive to me. I am not sure how long the water will remain, but there was plenty of water for paddling and fishing on Thursday evening.
Kayaking Thousand Acre Lake in Spring 2011


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring Kayaking Around Oklahoma and Arkansas

Earth Day Eve Kayaking by FreeWine
Earth Day Eve Kayaking, a photo by FreeWine on Flickr.
A couple Oklahoma rivers are up, but conditions are still very dry here in the Sooner State.

However, the Spring waters are flowing well in Arkansas these days. Great Ozark scenic rivers like the Buffalo River and the Ouachita River are flowing well for kayaking trips. Thrilling whitewater favorites like the Cossatot River and the Mulberry River are also runnable these days.
  • Tulsa area kayak fishermen are meeting up this weekend at Sequoyah State Park.- CANCELED
  • The Oklahoma Paddle Sports Association is hosting a Camping / Paddling get together at Lake Thunderbird’s West Hog Creek Campground.


As usual, Spring brings a number of great paddling events like the OGAR.

The Ozark Greenways Adventure Race will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

The Ozark Greenways Adventure Race (OGAR) is a sprint adventure race (8-14 hours) which features running, trekking, mountain biking, orienteering and paddling. The Ozark Mountain Paddlers will be providing safety support for the paddling leg of this event. Learn more about the race at www.greenwayrace.org.

Paddle On, Friends!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Kayak Fishing and Whitewater Paddling


Kayak fishing season is in full swing here in Oklahoma. Don't let the parched conditions fool you. In fact, this is a great time to get to know the shoreline cover around your favorite lake...because it is probably exposed.

The Kings River in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is up at a nice level for float trips this week.

Big whitewater is running on the Mulberry River in Ozark, Arkansas.

NEOKA Club Meeting: April 23, 2011 - Fort Gibson
The next Northeastern Oklahoma Kayak Anglers Club meeting will be April 23rd at Fort Gibson lake at Sequoyah State Park. The crappie spawn should still be going strong, and Ft Gibson offers a variety of other species such as Large Mouth, Wiper, and Catfish as well! Lunch will be provided for those that RSVP by via the NEOKA Facebook group.

These meetups are the perfect place to check out a vast array of recreational kayaks and kayak fishing gear. We fell in love with the new Coosa fishing kayak at a NEOKA event.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Coosa Kayak Catfishing and Blue Hole Returns


What an excellent weekend! We paddled our kayaks on the Deep Fork River both Saturday & Sunday. Dianne set some lines and brought home some very nice-sized catfish. Between runs, we made a quick trip to visit Dave Lindo at OKC Kayak to stock up on kayaking t-shirts and other goodies.

OKC Kayaks has an amazingly wide selection of kayaks and kayaking gear. You can test paddle kayaks in countless sizes, styles and brand names. OKC Kayak is quite close to the Oklahoma River, but we didn't bother test paddling any kayaks. Dave had sent me a Facebook message announcing the arrival of the vivid yellow Jackson Kayak Coosa we asked for. The Jackson Kayak Coosa is a sit-on-top kayak designed for river fishing. It is made-in-America by a cool family of paddlers and offers a wealth of unexpected features. We moved fast to grab one!

The Coosa provides a real dry ride, loads of storage and moves through the water pretty well for a SOT. We also picked up an extra-long Werner Skagit paddle that really speeds things up. Dianne immediately put the Coosa to the test by landing two very large flathead catfish this weekend. The stand-and-fish stability of the Coosa must be seen to be believed. I was standing in this kayak during my first demo of the boat and I am as clumsy as a hog on ice.

The good folks at OKC Kayak also helped me out by installing a new Skwoosh Pro Angler Supreme Kayak Seat in my old Perception Swifty kayak. The seat has a back rest with adjustable side wings, a rod holder and a gel seat pad. My old kayak is now better than new!

Spring River Paddling News

Planning a float trip on Oklahoma's scenic Spring River? Good News paddlers: Chet Brewington has Blue Hole Canoe Floats back in business for 2011! More info on the Spring River & Blue Hole Floats at: http://www.oklahomaroadtrips.com/Spring-River.htm