Twilight float announced for July 25,2019
See under Upcoming Floats
Is the river in Wichita open or closed to recreation today?
To find out go to Wichita.gov. If there is a red banner at the top of the home page, the river is closed. If the red banner is not there, the river within the city limits is open. As of July 13, 2019 the river in downtown Wichita is OPEN. The "River is closed" signs are gone as is the red banner on the city website, Wichita.gov.
Important article on drowning - see under Announcements
Arkansas River, Great Bend to OK border designated a
National River Trail
Our mission is to protect, restore and improve the entire Arkansas River watershed
and enhance the well being of all life it sustains.
Arising in the snows of the continental divide near Leadville, Colorado, the main channel of the ancient Arkansas River flow some 1450 miles through four states to its confluence with the Mississippi River in eastern Arkansas. The total area drained by the river is over 160,000 square miles in parts of seven states. It is the fourth longest river in the United States.
Who We Are
The Arkansas River Coalition is a 501 (c) (3) organization whose members can be individuals, families, organizations, towns and cities…. anyone or any entity with an interest in the Arkansas River and a willingness to accept and participate in our mission. Though headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, we welcome members from any part of the river basin/watershed and those outside the basin who have an interest in its protection and enjoyment.
We have a Board of Directors currently consisting of eight members: Kay Drennen, Curt Demuth, Hoyt Hillman, Mark Hughes, Russ Icke, Tom Kneil, Nicole Olson, and Wally Seibel.
One of the best ways of getting people to care for a river is for them to experience it and take ownership in it and a major way of experiencing a river is to get out on it. ARC organizes floats on the river and its tributaries during the spring, summer and fall months (and often a polar bear float in January.) The majority of these floats take place along sections of the river in Kansas and Oklahoma though floats elsewhere are possible. See the section on floats for a calendar, reports and our rules and regulations.