APRIL 17, 2014 | 7:00 AM - The upper Buffalo National River is now @ 18" of airspace at the Ponca low-water bridge, a water level rated as "Moderate" by the National Park Service. This is a nice floating level that is not too high, nor too low. Water temps are hovering in the 50's today, so please see our Early Spring Canoeing Tip below for important information about paddling when water temps are chilly.
PRESENT DAY TRIP: Ponca to Kyle's Landing
In times of cold temperatures, we recommend you wear a wetsuit and booties, especially if you are a novice paddler. (If you do not have your own, we rent them at our store for $15+tax.) Cold-water immersion and hypothermia are risks to be considered and self-educated about before canoeing or kayaking the Buffalo River in early spring. Paddlers should dress in quick-dry layers, carry a spare change of clothes in a dry bag and wear a wetsuit. Matches and/or a lighter in your dry bag are a must for an emergency campfire.
Learn in this quick, insightful video how we use airspace at the Ponca low water bridge to help us gauge river floating conditions: Ponca Airspace & Buffalo River Canoeing
During March, you can typically just walk in our office and rent a canoe. Kayaks and rafts, however, are available in limited numbers; therefore, an advance reservation is recommended. If you are planning to float on a weekend in April, May or June, we encourage you to reserve your boats now as last-minute rentals are usually hard to come by.
Check out our helpful "FLOATING SAFETY TIPS" page for some important things to consider before paddling the Buffalo National River with children.
BE AWARE: ARKANSAS LAW REQUIRES that children 12 years old and younger must wear a USCG–approved PFD securely fastened to their persons at all times while on any vessel.