• Canoeing on the Buffalo

    Buffalo

    National River Arkansas

Frequently Asked Questions

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When and where is the best place to float the Buffalo River?
The water in the Buffalo National River is dependent on a consistent amount of rainfall throughout the year to provide ample water for floating. At times the river might be exceedingly low or stretches of it may flow underground.

River use along the Buffalo is not evely distributed over the entire course of the river. Thirty percent of the river receives seventy percent of the canoe traffic. Three of the most used river segments are Ponca to Kyles Landing, Maumee to Buffalo Point, and Highway 14 Bridge to Rush. Peak river use begins in April and ends in August. The most intensive use occurs on the upper river from Ponca to Pruitt in April and May. On the middle and lower sections, river use peaks from June to July. To avoid crowds in the spring, consider floating during the weekdays or floating on a lower section of river, such as Carver to Woolum. To avoid summer crowds consider a trip early in the morning or during the middle of the week. A quiet, early morning trip will offer cooler temperatures, far more opportunities to see wildfile along the river banks, and better fishing. In the spring and late fall the middle and lower section of the river are seldom used. More...

Can I rent canoes in the park?
Actually, not in the park, but just outside, from park contracted canoe concessioners. These businesses are permitted by the National Park Service to rent canoes, kayaks and rafts, and to provide shuttle services within Buffalo National River. Concessioners provide canoes, paddles, life jackets, mesh litter bags and shuttle service. For an additional fee, some outfitters will shuttle vehicles to a take-out point. We encourage you to contact our concessioners and shop for the services and rates you desire. More...

What should I know about a river trip?
When planning a river float trip, the type of experience you have depends on several factors, including the length of your visit, the season, and the stretch of river you choose to float. Your decisions can be influenced by factors such as temperature, river gradient and water level, and an individual's paddling ability. Together, these variables contribute to the success of your trip. The length of a float trip can range from hours to days, from 1 mile to 130 miles (1.6 to 208 km). Most visitors choose distances of eight miles (12.8 km) or less. Constant paddling does not always make for the most enjoyable trip; while planning your trip, don't forget to consider the time you wish to spend hiking along riverside trails, fishing, and swimming. More...

Can you hike along the Buffalo National River?
Yes. There are over 100 miles (160 km) of maintained trails within the park. Some trails will accommodate hiker and horse use. However, some trails are designed for foot traffic only and are marked with a white blaze. Trails blazed in yellow are hiker/horseback trails. Bicycles are not permitted on any park trails and pets are permitted on only two trails in the park. More...

Did You Know?

Unknown children on porch of the William Villines house.

Did you know that Buffalo National River preserves many pioneer homesteads ranging from the 1840s to the 1930s? These structures document the struggles and lifeways of people that carved a living out of the lush forests of the Buffalo River region.