One of the things that makes the Illinois River so popular among paddlers is its Class II rating. It’s a gentle river with a moderate current and few hazards. Novice paddlers will feel right at home here. At times you will see brush debris, so use caution while floating. While some prefer the ease and relaxation of a large raft, others enjoy the adventure that canoes and kayaks provide. The enjoyable sixty eight miles of crystal clear water rippling over flint rock down the Illinois River creates the perfect float trip. The Illinois is said to be the best canoe stream in the state. Experienced canoeists as well as the inexperienced enjoy this river as it winds by high bluffs & rocky islands. Summer is by far the most popular season for floating the river.
The scenery on the Illinois River is a huge draw for attraction. Situated in northeast Oklahoma among the Ozark foothills, the surrounding bluffs and hills are covered in short-leaf pine, red and white oak, hickory, sycamore, dogwoods and redbuds.
We offer trips ranging from a couple of hours to all day. We provide you with the boats, life preservers, paddles and all transportation. All of our floats bring you around Sparrowhawk Mountain. The 8 and 13 mile trips bring you past 4 state designated scenic locations.
– We recommend that you wear sun screen, a swim suit, sunglasses, hat, and shoes that can be worn in the river.
– We recommend that you bring your ice chest or small cooler with cans of pop or plastic bottles of water, wrap food in zip lock storage bags.
– Valuables such as billfolds, prescription glasses, watches, cameras, car keys, and your towels should not be taken on the river.
– Trash bags will be provided as littering is unlawful. Please remember to honor no trespassing signs and that glass containers and Styrofoam are prohibited.