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Summer Vacation Planning: Safe Travel Ideas in the Coronavirus Era

Most of us who are trying to figure out where to go this spring and summer are facing the dilemma of
the coronavirus.

It seems we might need to avoid groups of people and mass transit. It sounds like the perfect time to get back to nature. Digg out that camping gear, kayak, canoe, and hiking boots.

Canoeing March to September - Kayaks, Canoes, and Tubes

The Caddo River in Arkansas is one of our favorite canoe trips.

Very fun for a spring vacation.

This river is gentle enough for novice paddlers to learn on, yet with enough class I and II rapids along the way to keep it exciting. There are good places to stop to swim and fish along the available routes surrounded by the beautiful Ouachita mountains. And it is one of the most consistent floating rivers in Arkansas, allowing our season to span from March to September.

Take a Picnic Lunch

A popular route of the river is a 7.5-mile section from Caddo Gap to Glenwood. It hosts a mix of both calm glasses of water and rapids and the view is varied, from houses (most of the property along the Caddo River is privately owned) to hillsides to rocky outcrops. There are also gravel bars that can be used to rest, scope out the river, or enjoy lunch from.

Prime water levels for this route occur usually from March through at least half of June, with prime temperatures from late April through early June.

If one is interested in tubing, the best months are May-August and are the popular months for everything river-related, meaning canoes, kayaks, tubes, cabins, and camping, is from May until school starts back up in August.

More Ideas for River Paddle Trips




New Mexico

Avoiding the Crowd

Avoid weekends, go mid-week. Drive yourself and pack your own gear and food. Bring your own kayak, canoe or tube.  If you rent a canoe or kayak wear gloves and wipe it down before use. List of off the beaten path campsites


Bucket List Ideas

Come roam with us as we search for the best places to travel after retirement.

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