Kirsten Bartlow Watchable Wildlife Coordinator
Paddling sports are among the fastest growing recreational activities in the United States. Arkansas Water Trails develops public paddling trails throughout the state, creating well-mapped accessible day trips in a variety of settings and for all levels of paddling experience.
Arkansas has many miles of rivers, streams and bayous, much of which is perfect for floating. Paddling in The Natural State provides opportunity to land a smallmouth bass, meander through a cypress swamp and make a run through rugged white water.
Paddling Laws and Ethics
Canoes, Kayaks, Inner Tubes and other craft succeptable to swamping require special regulations and ethical considerations. Click here to familiarize yourself with these guidelines before grabbing a paddle to relax.
Established Water Trails
Trails are added to the program as site assessments are completed and maps are developed. Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date information.
Develop a Water Trail
Arkansas Water Trails are an exciting way for landowners and communities to conserve habitat while providing recreational opportunities for the public. Water trails promote sustainable economic development and build public support for conservation of waterways and wildlife.
Ways the AGFC Can Help
Water Trail Requirements
Apply Online for Assistance to Develop a Water Trail