From the moment you approach the launch site, you are aware something special is in store.
whether you’re a nature
lover simply along for the ride on one of America’s
most scenic rivers, or a consummate fisherman ready
to chase wild trout and smallmouth
bass, a modern-day treasure awaits.
With the beautiful morning light
comes a glimpse of a place where
past meets present, building the
anticipation of memories from a trip
never to be forgotten.
From shore lunches to overnight
camps on a gravel bar, be prepared
to step back in time–a time when the
fishing was good, the meals were extra
tasty and fun was the largest catch
of the day. With some modern-day
conveniences added in, the Longboat
experience cannot be found anywhere
in the nation, and treasured by the few who travel to
the Ozarks to witness this experience of a lifetime.
Welcome to where a new chapter in history is created.
Welcome to Longboat Outfitters
Reviving an Ozarks Tradition By Searching Through the Past.
Prior to the damming of the White River in the1960s, the large stream meandered in and out of
Missouri and Arkansas for more than a hundred
miles. Curious sportsmen, families and large groups
discovered the scenic,natural beauty of the Ozarks
through the only way they knew...by flat-bottom boat.
Presidents, dignitaries and everyday folk flocked to the
waterway to be one with nature in a quiet, picturesque
and very original way.
The longboats, or “Jon”
boats as the livery services
called them, were invented
and hand made expressly for
hauling people and cargo
on excursions down the
“Mighty White.” Their design
made navigating the unique
structure of the river practical.
Inspired by the historical
trips offered by the original longboat outfitters in
the 1930s–50s, Kyle Kosovich was compelled to
recreate that experience. When Table Rock and
Bull Shoals Dams appeared on the White River the
pleasure of longboat fishing was all but extinct. The
only remaining relics of this bygone era are located in
museums or on display in sporting goods stores.
Kyle acquired the blueprints used to make the White
River longboats and built his first prototype by hand,
just as the originators of the first longboat did—albeit
with a few modern techniques.
Growing up in the Ozarks on North Fork of the White
River, Kyle has made waterways his life. In college he
studied biology, furthering his passion for learning
everything about the river, how wildlife completes
its ecosystem and how to properly fish the technical,
yet abundant, stream. As an experienced guide and
naturalist, he is fulfilling his dream by sharing this
offering with others, while adding flavor to the day with
narratives on the nature surrounding you.
We Supply a Shore Lunch, Flies and Instruction. The River Supplies the Fish.
Whether you prefer fishing for smallmouth bass,
rainbow or brown trout (or all three) you can–in one
trip. Ozarks’ rivers contain a bounty of species.
The design of the
longboat makes a perfect
whether standing or
seated. The trip itself is a
joy even for non-fishers,
as they witness the
beauty of river wildlife while riding down historical
national scenic riverways. Be sure and bring your
camera because there’s just too much beauty to
remember it all in 3-D.
You Choose the River, and We’ll Make Your Day...or Two.
Day trips are conducted on the North Fork River.
Overnight trips can be experienced on
the North Fork, Current, or Eleven
Point Rivers in Missouri.
Come play for the Day or Sleep Over if You Like.
The only experience better than a
Longboat day trip is an overnight
stay on the river. And the only thing
better than that is a two-night camp.
Fall asleep as the water runs gently in
the background, while the last crackle
of the fire gives way to the
sounds of nature one only hears
in a place like this.
Wake up to the smell of a campfire
breakfast while witnessing the
day as it slowly breaks into the
river valley. And so another
memorable experience begins.
Longboat takes care of
everything, from tents
and gear to fishing
and lots of fun are
need in one