What You Will Need
Bring camping equipment and meals for morning and evening in camp. The campground is noisy at night, so ear plugs may be useful!
Midday meals are usually on the river. Bring water, food and snacks in durable, waterproof containers to carry in your boat. It is best to use small, lightweight lunch containers that store easily.
This year, we are adding a requirement that each participant wear a helmet designed for whitewater paddling. These can be purchased at most of your better outdoor outfitters such as Ozark Mountain Trading Company, Ozark Outdoors, or online at various E-Retailers. Buy, or borrow but please bring a helmet!
Appropriate Clothing for the River
The weather in Arkansas is unpredictable. Although the weather may be warm, the water temperature will likely be cold, usually below 60 F, and you will get wet. Kayak classes begin with wet exits; swims are common in all boat types and all classes. Your choice of clothing for the weekend is very important and should be appropriate to protect you from the weather and from sudden immersion in cold water.
"Layering" clothing is a concept that applies to all outdoor sports, and many paddlers use extra layers to increase their warmth and comfort. The layering system involves use of:
Many outdoor retailers have a good selection of appropriate river clothing and knowledgeable staff that personally use what they sell. Arkansas Canoe Club Business Members are fair, reliable and can be very helpful when selecting your attire for the river. Many also offer discounts to ACC members!