What will you and your family do Labor Day weekend? The Labor Day holiday is the first Monday in September and is the last big holiday weekend of fun in the sun and water for most families. Try a float trip on one of our great rivers this Labor Day weekend! Just pack an ice chest with food and drinks and go! There are at least 26 float trip outfitters on 7 different rivers in Oklahoma Green Country available for your pleasure over the Labor Day weekend. Here are just a few:
Illinois Float Trip Outfitters for Labor Day Weekend: (Class II river)
Eagle Bluff Resort
9800 Hwy 10, Tahlequah, OK 74464
Eagle Bluff provides all of the gear required and free safety instructions. They have cabins, lodges, shower houses, lighted sand volleyball court, playground, snack shop, gift shop and catering available. Choose from a 6 mile, 12 mile or 18 mile trip in a 17 ft. canoe, or a six-man whitewater raft. Trips are available 7 days a week, 8 a.m.-7p.m. (approximately when last boat returns) from April 1 through September 30. Float trips by reservation only in March and October. Credit cards are accepted. Call for more information or for reservations. You won’t be disappointed with their service!
12081 Hwy 10, Tahlequah, OK 74464
Diamondhead offers five different float trips on the Illinois from 6 to 35 miles. Canoes, rafts and kayaks are available for rental. Overnight accommodations include the Diamondhead Motel, air conditioned bunkhouses and a campground for tent and RV’s. Shower houses, lighted sand volleyball courts, basketball court, huge game room and horseshoes are available on site. Open daily April through September; Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Credit cards are accepted. Call for more information or for reservations.
Mountain Fork Float Trip Outfitters for Labor Day Weekend: (Class I-II River)
Ambush Adventures is a canoe and kayak outfitter for the lower Mountain Fork, including Presbyterian Falls in southeast Oklahoma. They offer 4, 5 or 9 mile float trips by canoe or 1 person kayak from March through October. Inner tubes are also available during high water levels. Minimum age to float is 5 years old. Rates are from $17-27 per kayak or $28-40 per canoe with equipment to accommodate groups up to 100 people. Call David Anderson for more information.
Kiamichi River Area for Labor Day Weekend:
P.O. Box 292, Battiest, OK 74722
Secluded and untamed (no dams block its course) and un-commercialized this river is for experienced people. Located in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, this pristine river runs southward through most of McCurtain County, starting in the southwest corner of the Kiamichi Mountains. There are no concessions available along this river so the prospective floater should have knowledge of topography and experience with unpredictable waters. When the water is low, rocks, logs and low falls make for a difficult float, and then the water is up, the journey is very dangerous. Some cabin operators in the area will offer the use of a canoe with lodging rental to enjoy the natural beauty and solitude of this river. No phone number is available.
Red River for Labor Day Weekend: (Class II-III River)
Tishomingo, OK 73460
Beginning near Connerville in Johnston County and flowing southeasterly to the Red River, this spring-fed water has a designated trout area (November 1 through March 31) in the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area. Other fishing opportunities exist for black bass, channel and blue catfish, and crappie. A Blue Conservation Passport is required of all persons who enter or use the Blue area. Camping facilities are available only at the Blue River Campground. Float trip opportunities by kayak or this Class II-III river, offering several falls and ledges depending on seasonal waterfall. No commercial outfitters along the river and public access points are limited. Supplies and information can be found at Scotty Blue One Stop, located at the entrance to the public hunting and fishing area. Call for additional information.
Whether you float the rivers by canoe, kayak or inner tube and you are a beginner or experienced, you are sure to have a great time in the sun and water over the Labor Day weekend. Call today for information and make your reservations.
A note of caution; Oklahoma waters can be very dangerous, especially for inexperienced swimmers or young children. Always call for current water levels and forecast conditions prior to your designated arrival date. Fun is the number one priority and safety ensures that end.