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Current Buffalo River Level

The water level at the Ponca Access is currently too low for floating, which is normal for this time of year on the upper Buffalo National River.  We'll update this page when our section of the river becomes floatable again, which can be anytime during the year; good rainfall is the key.

Want to keep that canoe upright?

Check out our 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.   

Buffalo Outdoor Center is authorized within Buffalo National River to provide canoe, kayak and raft rentals and transportation services.