It's hot out there, folks — we're talking brushing-shoulders-with-triple-digits hot.
That is just no way to live, so to right those sweaty wrongs, a trip to the nearest river is in order. But before you dip your toe into the cool, refreshing Arkie-water, you first have to decide what kind of float trip you want to experience.
Whatever you're looking for, we've sorted out the best float trips in Arkansas, with a little help from our sister publication, Little Rock Family.
If you're looking for an oldie, but a goodie, try the Buffalo River.
It's no wonder this river is one of, if not the most floated waterways in the state. Rentals and tour guides abound so you don't have to worry about going into "Castaway" mode. The Buffalo provides smooth sailing, gorgeous scenery and a little wildlife to keep things interesting. Click here for info.
If you're looking for a good time, try the Spring River.
Sometimes you just want to cut a little loose, and we get it. The Spring River is no stranger to the good-time-lovin' crowds, but don't judge a book by its cover. The 58-degree temperature is a godsend in an Arkansas summer, and the crystal clear water isn't bad, either. Click here for info.
If you're looking for a no-nonsense float, try the Ouachita River.
Granted, most people don't actually own canoes or kayaks, and sometimes renting them can get a little steep. That's when you head to the Ouachita. Stick to the area between Remmel Dam at Lake Catherine and the whitewater park in Rockport near Malvern, and all you'll need is an inner tube. Click here for info.
If you're looking for thrills, try the Mulberry River.
Hold on to your paddles, folks. Things are about to get a little dicey. Sure, Turner Bend offers some great swimming holes in the drier months, but the rest of the Mulberry boasts some pretty awesome whitewater rafting for the adrenaline junkies out there. Click here for info.
If you're looking for something close to home, try the Saline River.
In only about a half-hour drive from downtown Little Rock you could be floating along through forests and farmlands. Want to stop for a swim? Take a fishing break? Go right ahead. Isn't living in The Natural State the coolest? Click here for info.
If you're interested in making it a family outing, click here to check out tips, tricks and water trails from Little Rock Family.