• Take to the lakes and winding waterways of Oklahoma for an exhilarating adventure onboard a canoe, kayak or raft.

  • Oklahoma City Boathouse District

    Photo by: Oklahoma Department of Commerce

  • Broken Bow Lake

    Photo by: Michael Ives/Oklahoma Tourism

  • Illinois River

    Photo by: Lisha Newman/Oklahoma Tourism

Canoeing Kayaking and Rafting

Pick your paddling passion and get out on Oklahoma's waters. Whether you're a hard-core paddler who prefers to navigate the rapids of the Tulsa Wave Park in a kayak, or just want to float the family through the scenic beauty of the Illinois River, we've got a river ride just right for you.

Float trip outfitters are available in prime floating areas along the Illinois River in Tahlequah and along the Lower Mountain Fork River in southeast Oklahoma's Beavers Bend State Park area. Several options are available for your float trip including canoes, kayaks, rafts and innertubes and most outfitters will allow you to select a float trip length that suits you and will transport you up river.

You can also enjoy canoeing and kayaking on many Oklahoma lakes with rentals available in most state parks and many other outdoor recreation areas. You can even learn to kayak with lessons for the whole family on Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City.

Canoeing Kayaking and Rafting Listings
Canoeing Kayaking and Rafting Articles

The Illinois River in Tahlequah offers a gentle, moderate current and plenty of canoe, kayak and raft outfitters along its scenic banks, making it a favorite float trip destination. read more

Canoeing is one of the special joys of the outdoors. These beautifully simple watercraft are best enjoyed in small rivers, where larger, noisy motorboats would spoil the experience. read more