Eureka Springs has long-been a popular travel destination. It’s easy to get to from a variety of places around the country, it boasts some truly stunning scenery, it has an incredible variety of outdoor recreation, and it’s a charming town unto itself. Truly, there is something in Eureka Springs for everyone. Whether you’re looking for action packed adventure or a quiet, relaxing escape into nature, you’ll definitely want to plan on spending a few days here this summer. When you do, make sure to find time to get out on the water, whether it’s on the regions lakes or rivers. Boating in Eureka Springs is an integral part to an enjoyable summer vacation. Book your room at our luxurious Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast today.
The Best Boating Near Eureka Springs
One of the best things about Eureka Springs is that it’s surrounded by lakes and rivers. These waterways are perfect for boating, canoeing, rafting, or kayaking. The painted limestone bluffs banking Beaver Lake & rock shelters of Table Rock Lake are a beautiful sight to behold, and if you’re interested in fishing, both lakes and the rivers are full of striped bass, record trout, and more.
70 mile long Beaver Lake is an immensely popular place for picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, and boating. It’s the start of the White River, and as such offers premiere fishing. Here, you’ll find small and largemouth bass, striper bass, and plentiful supplies of crappie, bream, white bass, channel and spoonbill catfish. Beyond that, these crystal clear waters are simply just stunning, and a truly wonderful place to spend a relaxing afternoon or two surrounded by the stunning nature the Ozarks are known for. There are commercial marinas on the lake that offer boat rentals.
Table Rock Lake
Table Rock Lake is 52 miles long, and features over 800 miles of shoreline. It’s one of the top bass fishing lakes in the region, as it’s home to largemouth, smallmouth, Kentucky spotted bass and white bass, in addition to crappie, large bluegill, and catfish. Boat rentals are available at Holiday Island Marina if needed. Beyond fishing, Table Rock Lake is an incredibly scenic and relaxing place to spend time, and wildlife is very abundant around these protected shorelines. There are countless coves and deep pockets that make for quiet hideaways, so it’s easy to find your own secluded place to anchor and swim.
Lake Leatherwood City Park is one of the most popular places to go in Eureka Springs. Here, visitors enjoy 1600 acres of Ozark Mountain countryside, with an 85-acre spring-fed lake at its heart. Visitors can enjoy hiking, picnicking, walking trails, and a small marina for boating, canoes and paddle boats.
The Kings River is one of only 5 north-flowing rivers in the U.S. The area is a wonderful place to visit for hiking, floating, canoeing, and fishing. Kings River is known to have countless rock bass and large channel catfish, but it’s truly earned a solid reputation for its big smallmouth bass.
Buffalo National River
The Buffalo National River, America’s first National River, is one of the few remaining unpolluted, free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states. The Buffalo National River winds through the area for 150 miles, starting in the Boston Mountains. Following what is likely an ancient riverbed, it is the perfect place for boating. Once you arrive, prepare to journey from running rapids to quiet pools, while surrounded on all sides by massive limestone bluffs and some of the best scenery in the state.
While only 13 miles in length from below Beaver Dam to Beaver Town, the White River flows a total of 722 miles before joining the mighty Mississippi river. In the Eureka Springs area, the river is relatively quiet and gentle, making for a perfect place to relax in the afternoon, and it’s well known for fishing.
If you’re looking to do some trout fishing, there’s no where better than Roaring River State Park. This 3,403-acre state park features the rugged and scenic terrain of the southwest Ozarks, and Roaring River contains one of the premier trout fisheries in the nation, which is stocked nightly.
It’s truly no wonder the Ozarks are such a popular place to getaway. These lakes and rivers are truly stunning, and provide us with endless opportunities for boating, hiking, relaxing, and so much more. Come visit us in Eureka Springs this summer, and see for yourself just how incredible this region is. Book your room at our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast today.