Water Sports

Water. The most precious commodity in the world.

Short of an ocean, there's just about every type of water to be found in Arkansas. Whether it's Mountain Valley pure bottled water, the thermal springs in Hot Springs National Park, the country's first federally protected stream (the Buffalo National River), the massive expanse of Lake Ouachita, one of the top two cleanest lakes in the U.S. according to the Environmental Protection Agency, or the trout-filled fantasy land that is the White River, you can find it here. Plan a vacation on the water in Arkansas and experience the joy of laying out on a beach, staying in a lakeside cabin or hitting the water for a cruise.

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Water played an integral part in Arkansas's history long before it even became a state. The healing waters found in the Valley of the Vapors by Native Americans were so powerful warring tribes would lay down their weapons while partaking of them. Little did DeSoto and his men realize that one day those bubbling springs they found would be so valuable, they would be protected by the federal government.

The abundance of Arkansas rivers and lakes has helped it earn The Natural State nickname. With over 600,000 acres of lakes and over 9,700 miles of Arkansas clear streams and rivers, there is ample opportunity to take to the waters. And we have beaches for sunning or playing in the sand — you’ll find both active and relaxing vacations here.

To make it easier to decide which type of water vacation you'd like to try, we've compiled all the information into this site. A one-stop-does-it-all page. If you can't find it on this Web site, chances are pretty good you didn't need it to begin with. Also check out all the money saving packages and deals around lakes and rivers all over the map to help you plan great getaways at great prices.

Re-discover the simple joys of nature at an old-fashioned swimming hole. Plan a vacation aboard a houseboat rental where you and your guests have all the comforts of home while truly getting away from it all. Hone your sailing skills as you travel on the crystalline waters of Arkansas lakes, or cast a line on one of the many first-class Arkansas smallmouth bass streams. Learn about all the hidden places where you can relax and simply watch a waterfall drop into a pool. Pick just the right river to run the rapids or to lazily float the day away, mile after mile. Add a vacation on the water to your Arkansas to-do list today!