Upper McClellan-Kerr Waterway
Cruise the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MCKARNS) and enjoy the 445 - mile waterway which enters the Mississippi at river mile 599 above New Orleans. From towering rock cliffs to beautiful pastoral scenes, from thousands of monarch butterflies in the spring to deer and migratory waterfowl in the fall, the waterway is a wonderland for the senses.
Step into history where the Osage tribe bartered with American and French traders & trappers at "the three forks" (convergence of the Arkansas, Verdigris and Grand rivers) in the 1800's, to landings along the river used by the Five Civilized Tribes as they were removed to Oklahoma.
Experience the five locks on the Oklahoma section of the waterway. There is no charge for vessels (either recreational or industrial) passing through the locks. Each lock chamber is 110' wideX600' long and can handle an 8 barge tow.
In Oklahoma alone, there are 145 river miles of adventure, attractions and activities. Towns of interest along the waterway include Catoosa, Muskogee, Gore and Sallisaw. The Cherokee Casino Resort and Golf Club is located in Catoosa, Muskogee attractions include the Azalea Festival, Chili Cook Off, museums and Three Forks Harbor which provides improved boating access to the Arkansas, Verdigris and Grand Rivers and the waterway system of the U.S.
Three Forks Harbor at waterway mile 392.4 (in Muskogee at the intersection of HWY 62 and the MCKARNS) offers recreational vessel docking space in transient and rental covered slips, and a fully automated fuel system (gas and diesel) available 24/7/365. A 40-foot boat launch is located on the east end of the 20 acre harbor along with a 100 ton marine travel lift.
Arrowhead Marina and Boat Sales manages the Three Forks Harbor marina, provides boat sales and service and marine supplies.
Ft Gibson's Military Historical site, a reconstructed 1824 log fort, is only 3 nautical miles up the Grand River. Traveling via HWY 251A the fort is five road miles from Three Forks Harbor, Muskogee. Also close by is the Ft Gibson U.S. National Cemetery.
The original Cherokee Courthouse is located in Gore and has a great gift shop! In Sallisaw you'll find the Kerr Lake Reservoir, Brushy Lake State Park, fishing tournaments, a racino and nearby, Sequoyah's home.
Applegate Cove Marina provides fuel, marine maintenance and marine supplies at Waterway mile marker 340 (8 road miles south of Sallisaw).
You'll find plenty of hotels and restaurants along this waterway to make your trip comfortable and relaxing!