Shuttle Service on the Arkansas River

SHUTTLE SERVICE ON THE ARKANSAS RIVER

Let DVK shuttle your vehicle for you, with or without a trailer, so it’s waiting for you at the takeout.

OUR SHUTTLES:
Salida Boat Ramp to Vallie Bridge – $55
Salida Boat Ramp to Salida East – $30
Salida Boat to Rincon – $40
Big Bend to Salida East – $35
Big Bend/Stonebridge to Salida Boat Ramp $30
Fisherman’s Bridge to Hecla Jct – $60
Fisherman’s Bridge to Stone Bridge – $60

Salida Boat Ramp to Vallie Bridge Shuttle – $55

The Salida boat ramp is the in-town access point for the town of Salida, conveniently located in downtown near the park, restaurants, bars, and shops. It also has a river path that is over a mile long and perfect for doing laps in the Salida River Park. There are public restrooms adjacent to the boat ramp. Parking is in short supply, and backing a trailer or vehicle down the ramp to the river requires precision backing technique when the parking spaces are filled up.

Salida Boat Ramp to Salida East Shuttle – $20

Located outside of town limits, but not too far, this is a great access point to use for a short float from the Salida Boat Ramp and an easy way to avoid the parking and backing issues of town. Salida East is a newly AHRA (Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area) developed site with a large ramp, and parking area. There are adjacent paid campsites, changing rooms, and restrooms.

Salida Boat Ramp to Rincon Shuttle – $40

Rincon is a popular access point downriver from Salida. It can be used as a half day point or a possible full day if you put in further up the river and use Salida as a mid point. Located off of Hwy 50 this site has paid camping, changing rooms, restrooms, and a steep but manageable boat ramp to access the river. Parking is available, but fairly limited and spread out.

Big Bend to Salida East Shuttle – $35

Big Bend is located off of Hwy 285 and is our most popular access point for a short duration float to Salida. There is a small boat ramp that requires expert trailer backing skills, as well as a pull up next to the river launch if you are willing to carry your craft a few feet to the river. There are changing rooms, and restrooms as well as a medium-sized parking lot. Be aware at certain times of the year the biting bugs can be bad here and it is recommended that you limit your time standing around if at all possible.

Big Bend or Stonebridge to Salida Boat Ramp
Shuttle – $30

Stone Bridge access point is a good half day to full day float away from Salida and has a large parking lot and easy access boat ramp (no backing required). Located off of county road 291 this site has changing rooms, restrooms, and picnic sites.

Big Bend is located off of Hwy 285 and is our most popular access point for a short duration float to Salida. There is a small boat ramp that requires expert trailer backing skills, as well as a pull up next to the river launch if you are willing to carry your craft a few feet to the river. There are changing rooms, and restrooms as well as a medium-sized parking lot. Be aware at certain times of the year the biting bugs can be bad here and it is recommended that you limit your time standing around if at all possible.

Fisherman’s Bridge to Hecla Jct. Shuttle – $60

Hecla is the busiest access point in the world! The Hecla Road is accessed via Hwy 285. There are lots of buses, vans, and private vehicles driving the winding road, so please drive carefully and efficiently as to keep the flow moving on busy days. This is the half day take out for Browns Canyon National Monument. There is a very large boat ramp with room for multiple commercial trailers and vehicles. The private boater access beach is just downstream of the large ramp right next to a number of parking spaces and picnic sites. This keeps commercial trips from interfering with private boaters and grinding elbows. This site has a lot of parking, but can often be totally full on busy days, be aware that vehicles may end up parked past the changing and restrooms if the close to river spaces are already full. There are very nice paid campsites up the hill away from the hubbub and chaos. There is also a river right trail that goes all the way down to Seidels Suck Hole Rapid but beware it quickly turns to private property after that.

Fisherman’s Bridge to Stone Bridge Shuttle – $60

Stone Bridge access point is a good half day to full day float away from Salida and has a large parking lot and easy access boat ramp (no backing required). Located off of county road 291 this site has changing rooms, restrooms, and picnic sites.

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