Buffalo Outdoor Center

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Current Buffalo River Level

May 26, 2016 | 7:00 AM:  The Buffalo National River water level at Ponca is at 0" of airspace at a current gage reading of 5.09. This is a river level rated as "High" by the National Park Service.  

We are renting boats today for the 10.6 mile section from Ponca to Kyles Landing.  We will require that you be experienced with paddling in swift water conditions in order to rent a boat today.

Click here for our canoe / kayak / raft rental information.

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.   

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