Canoeing & Kayaking
Picture yourself on a balmy summer day floating down a gently flowing stream that’s loaded with smallmouth and goggle eye bass. A blue heron eyes you suspiciously and a startled wood duck hustles away. Songbirds fill the air with melodies from amidst their perches in majestic oaks and hickories. The paddle hangs idle atop the cold, spring-fed water as the canoe slides along with the gentle current. Ahead is a sandy beach and your shoreline lunch of cornbread, fried fish and potatoes. Or how about torpedoing down through rapids after an Autumn or Spring thunderstorm, using every muscle and skill to meet the challenges of the roaring, unforgiving river. A look forward shows even more frothing riffles with low overhanging limbs. No time for fishing here!
Branson may be internationally recognized for its live music shows, theme parks and shopping malls, but to outdoorsmen it’s headquarters for some of the finest fishing and floating to be found anywhere.
Branson visitors interested in floating will find themselves within easy access to many fine streams right here in Ozark Mountain Country. Especially popular and only a short drive away are the James River, Finley Creek, Beaver Creek, and Indian Creek. Canoeists and kayakers can also be seen paddling around bays and along shorelines on Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals, and sometimes across open water. Just south across the Arkansas border, you can access the spectacular White and Buffalo Rivers along with other lesser known streams that will more than satisfy your adventurous spirit.
Many bring their own canoes, kayaks and Jon boats, but there are many good outfitters that can equip you properly and set you up for a grand adventure on an Ozark Mountain Country stream. It’s advisable to visit with them by phone and/or internet well in advance so you’ll have a good inkling of what to expect. Be sure also to check carefully about fishing regulations and licensing requirements. Remember that whether you choose a peaceful stream float or a “rowdy” river thrilling experience, the old Ozark adage always applies for you to “Go With the Flow…”
Posted in Canoeing & Kayaking
on June 11th, 2012
For a natural view of Ozark Mountain country, you can’t beat a summertime kayak excursion across one of our numerous waterways. Paddling a kayak through the shade of a tall limestone bluff as a blue heron takes flight from the glistening waters ahead is a pleasant memory from my last trip. The summer season is usually a drier season that leaves many of our area rivers too low to float. So now is an excellent time to paddle Lake Taneycomo or Table Rock Lake. Both offer fantastic, scenic views and a chance to spend some serene time with your friends or family.
Kayak Branson offers kayak, canoe, and paddle board rentals on both Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo. You can rent solo boats, tandem boats, or even boats that will hold three. They also offer guided trips if you are unfamiliar with the area. If the guided trips are not for you, they offer shuttle services to drop you off and pick you up. Kayak Branson provides all of the gear that you will need as well. Kayak Branson makes it so easy, all you have left to do is to enjoy the blue sky over your head, the cool lake waters , and the beautiful natural surroundings of the Ozark Mountains.
For additional information about kayaking around Branson, or to reserve kayaks or book a guided trip, give us a call or you can BOOK ONLINE.
Posted in Canoeing & Kayaking
on March 28th, 2011
Spring is the time to float the upper regions of many of the Ozarks fastest streams. These creeks and rivers that produce the best whitewater, are often too low to float in mid summer. So, put your “J-stroke” on the shelf, polish up on your “draw” and let Chris at DiscoverBranson point your bow towards a few standing waves.
( This photo is of the Mulberry River in NW Arkansas)