May 1, 2016 | 7:00 AM: The Buffalo River water level at Ponca is at 12" of airspace at a current gage reading of 3.62. That is a level rated as "Moderate" by the National Park Service.
We are renting boats today floating 10.6 miles from Ponca to Kyles Landing.
Want to keep that canoe upright?
Check out our wildly popular video of tips on how to avoid turning over in a canoe!
Advance Canoe / Kayak / Raft Reservations
An advance reservation for a boat is always a good idea, as springtime float trips are very popular here on the upper Buffalo National River, especially weekends. Kayaks and rafts are available in limited numbers; therefore, an advance reservation is always 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. Please note that on weekends in May and June, we will be launching from Steel Creek and floating to Kyles, unless the water levels do not permit us to, in which case, we would float from Pruitt to Hasty.
Floating With Kids
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.