- Arkansas is a very unique place to live and recreate in, especially with respect to whitewater paddling. Home to more than 1000 miles of navigable waterways, Arkansas is definitely a place for all paddlers. Most of the whitewater paddling exists in two out of the five main physiographic regions of Arkansas.
The Ozark Plateau and the Ouachita Mountains, both offer great whitewater, but the characteristics are very different. All paddlers in Arkansas will tell you that it is a special day when you get to hit the creeks. This is mainly because Arkansas whitewater is completely rain dependent. In times of draught, time is spent scouting, hiking, and cleaning creeks. Then when it does finally rain, the telephones ring, plans are made, and usually some drive time is involved to get to where the water fell.