• Canoeing on the Buffalo

    Buffalo

    National River Arkansas

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Give Us A Hand

vault toilet

Many vault toilets throughout the park will be closed. Please dispose of waste properly.

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Waste not, want not - Keep trash out of vault toilets. The toilets must be pumped periodically. Trash clogs the pumper. If open toilets are clogged with trash, they will be closed permanently.

Catholes – Many toilet facilities will be closed due to reduced budgets and fewer personnel to maintain them. Please dispose of human waste properly by digging a small hole. Leave No Traceprinciples recommend catholes should be at least 200 feet from the river or any water source. Cover and disguise hole. Toilet tissue should be packed out as trash, not buried.

 
informational bulleting board at river access point

Trash cans have been removed from many areas throughout the park. Be prepared to take your trash home for disposal and recycling.

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Pack it in – Pack it out – Trash hauling contracts are expensive. Most of our trash collection is being eliminated as one cost saving measure. Visitors should be prepared to take their trash home for disposal and recycling. Help us keep the park from looking like the picture below.

Remember: Arkansas state law requires anyone floating the river with food and/or beverages to carry and secure a mesh litterbag. See our River Rules page for more information.

 
torn plastic bags and trash on grass
Trash bags torn open and trash strewn around by wildlife when not put in trash cans or taken home.
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Did You Know?

Two bull elk in pasture at Buffalo National River.

Did you know that over 400 Rocky Mountain elk live in and around Buffalo National River? In the early 1980s elk were relocated to the Buffalo River region to replace an eastern elk subspecies that was extirpated in the 1800s.