Heartland Classics Chapter Second Arkansas River Cruise
Trip Date: Saturday September 30th thru Friday October 6th
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.
- Launch early Saturday September 30th at Three Forks Harbor, Muskogee, OK
- Depart Sunday October 1st from Three Forks Harbor
- Complete Trip – 370 miles; 13 locks
Ride in your classic boat atop Rocky Mountain snow. Well okay, technically it will be melted snow. The 1,469 mile long Arkansas River begins as snowmelt from the Mosquito and Sawatch mountain ranges in the Leadville, Colorado area of the Rockies. It cuts its way through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas before joining the Mississippi River near Napoleon, Arkansas.
This river cruise meanders through the verdant valley that is lined by hills and framed by the ancient Boston and Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. Later it creates ample sand bars as it twists its way through agriculturally rich dirt of the Arkansas Delta. The Arkansas River will once again be the venue for a Heartland Classics event September 30, 2017 through October 6, 2017.
As a participant on the 2nd Heartland Classics Arkansas River Odyssey–– which will include 5-days on the water, cover 370 miles and transit 13 locks— you will, in fact, be riding on melted Rocky Mountain snow.
This trip is being announced a year in advance of departure in order to allow everyone to plan and coordinate vacation days as needed.
Click here for Registration Form and deadline is July 28, 2017
Questions and inquiries please contact:
Mike Yancey via email at email@example.com or
via text or phone at (918) 409-7801
Longest travel days about 4-1/4 hours cruising time plus lock time which varies
significantly with 3 locks (Wednesday) & 4 locks (Friday) being the maximum.
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 then 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; 48 miles; 2 locks
END OF TRIP in Pendleton, AR, 22.7MM (River Mile Marker)
1: Three Forks Harbor, Muskogee OK 392.3MM (Mile Marker)
2: Van Buren AR 300.5MM
3: Russelleville Marina, Russelleville, AR 208.2MM
4: Little Rock, AR 119.0MM
Trip END Point Options:
A: Van Buren AR 300.5MM (Mile Marker)
B: Russelleville Marina, Russelleville, AR 208.2MM
C: Little Rock, AR 119.0MM
D: Island Harbor Marina, Pine Bluff, AR 71.0MM
E: Pendleton, AR 22.7MM
Distance and “on-water” travel days Summary:
1A = 91.8 miles One Day Travel
1B = 184.1 miles Two Days Travel
1C = 273.3 miles Three Days Travel
1D = 321.3 miles Four Days Travel plus one day in Little Rock
1E = 369.6 miles Five Days Travel plus one day in Little Rock
2B = 92.3 miles One Day Travel
2C = 181.5 miles Two Days Travel
2D = 229.5 miles Three Days Travel plus one day in Little Rock
2E = 277.8 miles Four Days Travel plus one day in Little Rock
3C = 89.2 miles One Day Travel
3D = 137.2 miles Two Days Travel plus one day in Little Rock
3E = 185.5 miles Three Days Travel plus one day in Little Rock
4D = 48.0 miles One Day Travel
4E = 96.3 miles Two Days Travel
Trip planning includes:
- vehicles and trailers being moved from Muskogee OK to Little Rock AR with return trip by van to Muskogee on Saturday September 30th. Approximately 4 hour drive each way; 8 hour drive time total.
- transportation from Pendleton AR (end of trip point) to Little Rock AR to retrieve vehicles and trailers to return to Pendleton AR and load boats. Approximately 1-1/4 hour drive each way; 2-1/2 hour drive time total.
NOTE: choose to join the trip at a location other than Muskogee OK or to end the trip in a location other than Pendleton, AR will be responsible for managing their own logistics for moving their vehicle and trailer from their “departure point” to their “end of trip” point.
However, anyone joining the trip from a location other than Muskogee OK but planning to end the trip at Pendleton can move their vehicle and trailer to Little Rock AR and then the transportation to Little Rock from Pendleton, AR will be provided.