Saturday, June 30, 2012

Kayaking the Arkansas River, SE of Little Rock, Arkansas June 2012

This was a really nice paddle trip on the Arkansas River just south of Little Rock, Arkansas.  I put in at the Willow Beach Public use area (Corps of Engineers site) and spent the first half kayaking the slough/lake.  The Arkansas River is very interesting in this part of the state.  There is a lock and dam system (much like the Mississippi River near St. Louis), however, the current has an appearance of being very dosile.  I always use the word "appearance" when making this description.  I am sure there is some main current.  In a large river, however mild the appearance, we should anticipate it is there.  The biggest challenge you may have kayaking a river like this is the commercial barge traffic.  If you watch the video, you can see the barge go by, then see how it effects the river.  It seemed like there was a choppy wake even after the barge was long gone.

I pulled off where the slough meets the main river and allowed the barge to go past.  It was a really nice spot and I was able to walk into the water for a spell.  I found a hatched turtle nest right on the point (making sure to avoid it as not to disturb it).  When I got back on the main channel, the wind really started to whip up as well as the continuing barge wake.  It was an outstanding trip!  There is a submurged old wing dike where the river hits the Corps area.  I paddled over it (I could not tell where the channel was) which is a risky endevour in a sea kayak.  The one "sensation" I do not like at all is to have some object lift up the kayak from the bottom.  My next trip I will be sure to stay on the channel.

Paddle ON!


Kayaking the Arkansas River east of Little Rock

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Missouri River Kayaking- Weldon Spring to St. Charles June 2nd, 2012

The trip was outstanding!  Ray and I have been wanting to do a "big river" trip for the last couple of weeks.  The Missouri River stage is really down right now, so it is a very quick and fun paddle.  Stage when we went out Saturday was about 12' gauge hght. and 66,000 flow (cfs).  I am marking this and saving it....I have paddled this river at different stages and this one had to be my favorite.  I think if they had the Race for the Rivers today, some records would be broke.

If you watch the film, when Ray comes up on the Page Extension Bridge,  I caught an Asian carp flying across his bow.  He had a couple of major carp come flying in front of his kayak, but unfortunately, my camera was off when it happened.

The slough that we went through just past the 40 bridge just beside the Chesterfield bottoms was outstanding.  It had a real nice flow running through it (we clocked about 4 mph) the entire stretch.  There is something about paddling the big rivers that just excites me.  I am already planning another trip, possibly the Alton Lock and Dam to the Gateway Arch.  Maybe this will be the summer we make it happen?

Paddle ON!


Kayaking the Missouri River- Weldon Spring to St. charles, Missouri

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