Illinois River Watershed Partnership Hosting 6th Annual Illinois River Splash at Siloam Springs Kayak Park

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership has chosen to once again host their annual Illinois River Splash event at the Siloam Springs Kayak Park. The free event is scheduled for Saturday, June 18 from 10am-1pm. Anyone interested in paddling or wanting to learn about paddling or canoeing is welcome to attend. This year's event will focus on river stewardship with a continued emphasis on safety. Find out more about the Illinois River Watershed Partnership.

This is a perfect event for those who might not have a solid background in paddling- either in a kayak pr canoe. There will be beginners lessons offered by the Arkansas Canoe Club.

 

 

Upstreammatters.com features the Kayak Park as #1 destination

10 Adventure Destinations in the Illinois River Watershed

by Lauren Ray on Aug 26, 20141:31 pm No Comments

Looking for an adventure getaway close to home this Labor Day Weekend? In this updated post, which was originally published in December 2013, we’ll highlight ten adventure destinations in the Illinois River Watershed that every outdoor enthusiast should know about. Our watershed covers approximately 1.1-million acres and includes about 1,300 miles of waterways to explore. Whatever your thrill—hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, or just meandering—the place you’re looking for can be found right here in the Illinois River Watershed. What are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy!

Our 10 Adventure Destinations board on Pinterest maps the location of each of these destinations.  Check them out, and re-pin your favorites

 

Siloam Springs Kayak Park – Siloam Springs, AR

Completed in spring of 2014, this park has rapidly become a hotspot for whitewater paddlers throughout the region. The City of Siloam Springs was awarded a grant from the Walton Family Foundation to purchase riverfront property adjacent to Fisher Ford Road and construct this city park on the Illinois River. The flow of the river has been engineered to create a series of whitewater rapids and “standing waves” for kayakers. Life jackets, helmets, and close-toed shoes are highly recommended. Other park amenities include a swimming area, climbing boulder, accessible walking trails, picnic tables, changing station, and two rain gardens.

http://upstreammatters.com/10-adventure-destinations-in-the-illinois-river-watershed/

 

Family Time at the Kayak Park

It’s become somewhat of a routine. Double checking the car to make sure I have everything loaded up that we need- towels, sunscreen, snacks, bottled water, tubes, water shoes, lifejackets and of course those anxiously awaiting kids. We’re heading out to the Siloam Springs Kayak Park for the day. I like to go in the morning when it’s not as crowded, stake out a picnic table as a home base and go around and around on the rapids “loop”. This park is for everyone, my fun loving sixty-something mother, my sit and watch mother in law, my active husband Kolin and I and of course the kids with all the energy in the world. And the best part is it’s free. You heard right- FREE.

Coming soon...

Although not completed yet, this park will soon become a hotspot for whitewater paddlers throughout the region. The City of Siloam Springs was awarded a grant from the Walton Family Foundation to purchase riverfront property adjacent to Fisher Ford Road and construct a city park on the Illinois River. The flow of the river is being engineered to create a series of whitewater rapids and “standing waves” for floaters. A swimming area will also be formed. Projected opening date is spring of 2014.