Kayaking In Tulsa

Did you know you can go Kayaking in Tulsa, Oklahoma?
@ the Riverside Parks website you can learn some details.
People like to kayak on the Zink Lake which is located near the Zink Dam. It is an impoundment pool between 29th street and 11 street/Southwest Boulevard. Along the west bank of the river south of Zink Dam is an area of whitewater that is created by a rock jetty.
There is also a Zink Island that you could go by on your little adventure. This man-made island in Zink Lake is used by the endangered Interior Least Tern for nesting. The island may be observed from the River Parks area near 15th Street, which features a bench dedicated to the late Fred Pianalto, a Tulsa Audubon member who first publicized the Least Terns on the River and was known as the “Birdman of River Parks”. Here’s it is on Google Maps.

Here’s a director’s report describes Tulsa Kayaking:
(Taken from Riverparks Friends PDF)
Tulsa also has a very active chapter of the Arkansas Canoe Club. Dust Bowl Chapter President,
Judy Fitchl, can be reached by email at jwrangler1@yahoo.com for more information. The club has
members who do white water and recreational boating in canoes, kayaks and rafts. Some Wednesday
evenings, you may see a flotilla of canoes and kayaks on the Arkansas River between 31st and the
Jenks Bridge or around the 11th and 21st Street Bridges. Andy Wilmes (abwilmes@peoplepc.com)
organizes these floats every week. Turnout has been good. It’s a
great way to enjoy a “pocket wilderness” experience just yards
away from the hustle and bustle of the traffic on Riverside Drive.
White Water kayaking and canoeing – it’s just one more
“unknown” sports feature that Tulsa and River Parks offers our
– David Reid, Tulsa Kayak Club

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