River Trails in Kansas

Navigate the waters in Kansas while enjoying the serenity and challenge of a river trail. Our river trails are perfect for enjoying kayaking, hiking, and even camping! Take a look at our most sought after river trails below!

Kansas River Trail

Also known as the "Kaw," this river runs east-west from the Kansas City Metro Area to the west side of the state.

Arkansas River Trail

Pronounced "AR-KANSAS," this river runs through our biggest city, Wichita, along with the regions of South Central, Southwest, and some portions of Southeast Kansas. 

  • Before You Paddle

    Check the water levels and weather before you reach the water. Beginning paddlers should not be on the river when the water flow is above 5,000 cubic feet per second. The weather in Kansas can change quickly. Be aware of forecasts calling for high winds or storms. It is also a good idea to let a family member or friend know about your trip – where you plan to paddle and when you plan to return home.

  • What to Bring

    • personal flotation devices (PFDs), or life vests, are a must, and each paddler (and their pets) should have one
    • extra ropes or lines
    • bail bucket
    • whistle or air horn to signal distress (whistles should be attached to PFDs)
    • first aid kit
    • dry change of clothes in cooler weather
    • plenty of water and food
    • flashlight, lantern or other light if you’ll be out in low-light conditions
    • sun protection – hats, sunscreen, long sleeves and pants
    • map
    • cell phone in a waterproof bag (be aware that some areas along the river may not have cell signal coverage)
    • (optional) camera or binoculars (in waterproof bags), animal and plant identification guides
  • Kansas River Trail

    The Kansas River is one of the world’s longest prairie rivers, providing countless recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat as…

    Arkansas River Trail

    The Arkansas River winds from Great Bend, Kansas to the border of Kansas and Oklahoma, with 192 miles of scenic water trail and riverbank…

    River Hazards

    River Hazards are dams, weirs and other potentially serious dangers for which paddlers must take special precautions.

    Lakes + Rivers

    Getting out and exploring aquatic activities across the state is fun for all ages. Kansas' lakes, reservoirs, and rivers can provide…

    Rivers + Waterways

    Kansans live for the water! It’s a great way to spend a hot summer afternoon. Grab a pole, a paddle, skis, or just a swimsuit and…

    Canoe + Kayak

    Pick your paddling passion and get out on Kansas' waters.

    Water Recreation Outfitters

    Kansas has a variety of businesses operating near our rivers, lakes, and reservoirs to make it easy for you to access the equipment you need…