Big Island Circumnavigation (5-7 days)

2-3 days of hard paddling to get up the Arkansas, one grueling day for the portage to the White (or take the Arkansas Post Canal), One day of moderate paddling back down the White back to the Mississippi, and One day of downstream paddling back down the Mississippi. Add two days for exploration, bad weather, bear sightings and unforeseen circumstances.

Experience required: Moderate canoe experience preferred. Strength and endurance to paddle upstream for 2-3 days required.


5-day option: ~ 13 miles per day
6-day option:  ~11 miles per day
7-day option:  ~9 miles per day

Be aware, mileages include 30-40 miles upstream paddling. Be sure to factor this in when planning your trip with us.

Trip Notes:

Downstream trips require a shuttle for an additional fee/person.

Quapaw Canoe Company will provide canoes and all safety gear, as well as dry bags for each participant.

Quapaw Canoe Company can provide lunches, dinners, and breakfasts for each day of the journey upon request, for an additional fee/day. Meals are cooked fresh on an open fire.