ARKANSAS RIVER CRUISE 2017
with the Heartland Classics Chapter
This is your chance to take your classic boat on a river cruise along with other classic boaters, some of them experienced, others for the first time. Meal stops, fuel stops, and nightly lodging will all be planned. A rest-over in the middle of the cruise at Little Rock, Arkansas will give the travelers a rest and the public more time to admire the boats.
Trip Date Options: Saturday September 30th thru Friday October 6th
Launch Saturday late afternoon September 30th at Three Forks Harbor, Muskogee, OK
Departure Sunday October 1st
Complete Trip 370 miles; 13 locks
Longest travel days about 4-1/4 hours cruising time plus lock time which varies significantly with 3 locks(on Wednesday) & 4 locks(on Friday) being the maximum.
Plan to do the whole beautiful trip or join or leave as needed. Even just take part in the Little Rock two night stay with activities in town as well as sharing our classic boats with the admiring public. Read about the 2015 Arkansas River Odyssey.
Daily Travel and Hotel Summary:
- Sunday October 1: Depart Three Forks Harbor, Muskogee OK
Travel for the day: 91.8 miles; 3 locks;
Fuel Stop at Applegate Cove Marina after 52.7 miles of travel
40 miles further to the day’s destination in Ft Smith/Van Buren AR
- Monday October 2nd: 92.3 miles; 2 locks;
If needed, fuel stop at Spadra Marina after 70 miles of travel
5 miles further to the day’s destination in Russellville AR
HOTEL: Days Inn, Russelleville AR
- Tuesday October 3rd; 88.7 miles; 4 locks;
First Fuel stop option, Charlies Hidden Harbor after 30 miles of travel
7 miles further to the day’s destination in Little Rock, AR
Second Fuel stop option, Little Rock Yacht Club; 77 miles from morning departure or 47 miles from first fuel stop and 12 miles from the day’s destination point in Little Rock AR
Third Fuel stop option is Rockwater Marina; 87 miles from morning departure and 1 mile from our destination for the evening in Little Rock, AR
HOTEL: TBD or Individuals choice of hotel
- Wednesday October 4th – Free day in Little Rock AR with opportunity for public to view the boats
- Thursday October 5th; 48.5 miles; 2 locks;
No known fuel stops as we travel today;
HOTEL: Holiday Inn Express
- Friday October 6th; 65 miles; 2 locks
END OF TRIP in Pendleton AR, 22.7MM
The Arkansas River will take you through a variety of landscapes. Fall is the perfect time of year for comfortable weather and a calm steady flow of the river.
The Mountainview Chapter’s 2017 Foliage Cruise will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, beginning at 10:00 AM.
It’s grown in popularity every year since its inception. We have been offered free launching from Long Lake Marina as they have graciously offered in the past. We will congregate there or in front of the Naples town docks and take a casual tour up lake stopping at the docks in Harrison. There we will walk across the street to the Old Mill Tavern to dine off their fall menu.
RSVP is required so we can give the Old Mill a headcount so they know how many to set up and plan for. Also, if you have room in your boat for passengers and you are willing to take them, please let me know how many you are comfortable taking in case somebody needs a ride. Please RSVP for this event by emailing us with the count in your party. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this fantastic event.