Water Activities

With world-class, year-round fishing destinations, 9,700 miles of clear streams and a remarkably beautiful collection of crystal clear boating and swimming lakes, Arkansas is the vacation destination for fun on, in, over and through the water.

Check out the many ways you can enjoy the water-world of Arkansas and use these ideas to make plans to get cool and happy in our refreshing H2O.

Let’s Float a Stream

Bring your own or rent a canoe, johnboat, raft or kayak. Arkansas’s scenic streams welcome visitors from all over the world who are ready for a thrilling ride or a peaceful glide. Check out our 18 favorite waterways for best seasons, access points, fishing tips, and locator map. No spoiler alert here. The virtual description can’t ever match the real-time ride. 

Cool Water - Year-Round Fishing

Yes, we do have world-class fishing streams, lakes and tournaments, and whether you are a pro, going solo on a relaxing afternoon or taking a fishing trip with good friends, you are in the right place.  Check out our fishing blog, sign up for our fishing e-newsletter and find the best streams, rivers and lakes to visit for great catches all year long in Arkansas.   

Swim and Sun on the Beaches of Arkansas

When you plan a relaxing day, week-end or week on the water, you’ll find our many swim beaches the perfect spots to play, swim, sun and have hours of fun. With swimming lakes and beaches in every area of the state, from the mountains to the Delta, it’s easy to enjoy a laid-back, family play day on the soft sandy beaches of The Natural State. 

Arkansas’s Water World of Lakes & Rivers

Our crystal clear lakes are part of the reason we were dubbed, “The Natural State.” Water sports such as boating, skiing, wake boarding, scuba diving, sailing, swimming  and fishing are big here in Arkansas—our lakes are perfect for whatever you want to do. Fly fish for trout on the Little Red River, paddle America’s first National River or just run down a local creek in your kayak—paddling, floating and fishing fun on our scenic rivers tops off our water-world appeal. Check us out.

Full-Service Marinas & Expert Guides

Rent a boat or gas up your own craft and pick up your supplies on-site at one of our family-friendly marinas.  You’ll find everything you need to enjoy a fun and safe day or week on the water.  Home to licensed, expert fishing guides, Arkansas is the place to continue to hone your skills and enjoy family-fishing fun. 


Rent a water toy and ride the top of the waves on Arkansas’s great lakes. Check out our listing of marinas where you can rent a jet ski, wave runner, kneeboard, tube, or personal watercraft. Pick out your party barge of choice and make home base the middle of a crystal clear lake as you search out other aquatic adventures.