Applegate Cove Marina
McClellan/Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System
Inland Waterway Resources and Links
This section of our site is designed to provide information cruisers need for planning their river journeys. Whether your a sailor or power boater our location and services provide you with an excellent jumping off point for your cruising adventure. We have added some information which should prove helpful to our visitors. We will continue to browse the net for resources and web sites that fall into this category and add them as we find them. If you know of such a site please drop us a note via email and we'll be glad to consider the site for inclusion.
Pictured below is the S/V Apogee departing Applegate Cove Marina on October 22, 2010 making way for points south. As of this writing Apogee is Nassau, Bahamas. No one is sure as to their final destination, but Captain Faught is out there cruising the water ways and having a wonderful time and the experience of a lifetime. Most likely they will be heading for the east coast when hurricane rears its ugly head. Just another exciting example of the possibilities and benefits of having your vessel on Kerr Lake, Oklahoma's Gateway to the Sea! Apogee is a Danboat 32 with Capt Ryan Faught (aka Whelp, re-christened "Spot") aboard. You can follow Ryan on Facebook by searching for Benjamin Faught and requesting friend status. Cooler yet, go to Spot Adventures and get is latest GPS Lattitude and Longitutde. Way Kwel! Be sure to say hi should you encounter them along the way.
Captain Ryan and S/V Apogee departed Marsh Harbor, Bahamas May 24, 2011 for the 600+ mile offshore passage to Chesapeake Bay. Ryan reports some pretty slow going, but he was anchor down in Willoughby Bay (Norfork, VA) mid-afternoon June 1, 2011. Ryan and Apogee are currently working their way towards Washington D.C. for a break and to build up the cruising kitty. Great Job Ryan!
The McClellan - Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System is a side trip up the Arkansas River for 445 miles. The system meanders through the Arkansas and Oklahoma country sides until reaching the end of navigation at Tulsa's Port of Catoosa. The only guide to the system is Bruce and Joyce Johnson's Arkansas River Cruise Guide. We were fortunate to have the Johnson's as tenants prior to their beginning a Great Circle Cruise. Their guide includes chartlets and identifies anchorages which they scouted during their cruise of the Arkansas River system. This publication is available from numerous sources including Applegate Marina.
Once you have reached the Mississippi River you'll have a decision to make. Cruisers can proceed downstream to New Orleans, or head upstream entering the Great Circle Route via the Ohio River. Either way, the Gulf of Mexico awaits and provides the cruiser with opportunities for both local and exotic landfalls. Additional guides to the Great Circle Route are shown below, and while we have copies of Quimby's Guide, all are available for Bluewater Books & Charts, as well as other fine e-merchants.
Another consideration for any cruise on the Arkansas River would be stream flow. One site which provides meaningful data is the U. S. Army Corps of Engineer, Little Rock District. This site presents information covering the entire system in tabular form. Furthermore, it offers forecast river flow in cubic feet per second (ft³/sec). Data concerning the Mississippi River and forecast flow are available from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District. Additional information on river flow is available via the National Weather Service Radio, which announces forecast river flows as a part of its weather information broadcast, but typically just for the next day.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers furnishes online versions of their Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers Navigation charts. This link, Mississippi River PDF Chart instructions, will take you to an instructional page for the Mississippi River where you can also download free PDF charts. Just follow the instructions and you're done. These charts are smaller versions of those published by the Corps, but contain all the necessary navigational informational for transiting both rivers AND ARE FREE. Both of the above charts are widely available in printed form. If you need one drop us a note and we'll see to it that your request is promptly shipped.
And last but not least The U. S. Coast Guard's Local Notice to Mariners is available online. The Arkansas River falls under the 8th District/Western Rivers which administrators the Mississippi River and its tributaries. A complete listing LNM's, as well as, archived files from previous years may be viewed or downloaded at this site. Considering commercial traffic volume, and Spring - Fall flooding within the Mississippi Basin, this site might be well worth checking prior to navigating a particular river or section of river.
We will continue to look for information regarding navigation of the Arkansas River. And as we find new and interesting sites, we update this page for you benefit. If our staff can be of any service to you during the preparation phase of your river odyssey please do not hesitate to contact us.
Applegate Marina, HC 61 Box 308, Sallisaw, Oklahoma 74955 918-775-4522