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Independent Whitewater

Time to Kick Back and Relax

The Drift-in brings beach bar life to the Arkansas River! Float-up or drive-in for delicious food, sunny cocktails and cold beer on tap.

Located directly on the river at our office, the Drift-in offers a place for both rafters and the Salida community to gather before or after their trip to refresh, relax, and enjoy the surroundings with great company. Not a rafter? No problem, the Drift-in is open to everyone all season long. For 2024, the Drift-in will again be serving both lunch and dinner offering a convenient spot to fuel up before or after your big day on the Ark.

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What to Expect

The Drift-in is the only restaurant/venue in town of its kind, offering an authentic riverside dining experience for both rafters and the Salida community. Located outside on the shores of the Arkansas River, this open-air venue features a full-bar, speedy food truck, with dining right on the water’s edge. New for 2024, we’ll be adding more covered spaces to our venue space.

Events and Groups

The Drift-in is now booking for private groups and events! Looking for a fun spot to celebrate a special event? The Drift-in is the perfect place to host your family get-together, birthday party, or any other type of event. Inquire further about events through the page below.

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Restaurant Hours:

May 3rd – Labor Day 11 am -7 pm.

Month of May weekends, Friday-Sunday ONLY.