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Current Buffalo River Level

July 31, 2014 | 7:00 AM  - The current Buffalo River level at the Ponca bridge is to low for floating. It is rated as "Very Low" according to the National Park Service. We are launching at Pruitt Landing today for the 7 mile float trip to Hasty.  July floating on the upper Buffalo River is very unusual and we're excited to offer canoe and kayak rentals at this time!

Want a multi-day float trip?  Call us at 870-861-5514 for options launching from Pruitt today! 

PRESENT DAY TRIP:  Pruitt to Hasty 

WANT TO KEEP THAT CANOE UPRIGHT, NOT UPSIDE DOWN? 

Then watch our popular canoeing video of tips on "How to Avoid Turning Over," hosted by BOC's Canoe Operator, Mike Mills.  This short canoeing video has been viewed by more than 40,000 paddlers---now it's your turn!

WHAT'S THIS AIRSPACE THING?

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

SHOULD YOU RESERVE CANOES & KAYAKS IN ADVANCE?

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. 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 rentals and transportation services.

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