March 7, 2014: The Buffalo National River water level is 25" airspace at the Ponca low water bridge. That is LOW but FLOATABLE. There is some scraping and you might need to step out of your canoe if you don't choose the right spot in one or two places. More melt today and chance of RAIN tomorrow.
WINTER CANOEING / KAYAKING ADVISORY: Due to winter air/water temperatures, we recommend you be a seasoned, well-geared paddler to be out on the river this time of year. Cold-water immersion and hypothermia are risks to be considered and self-educated about before canoeing or kayaking the Buffalo River in winter. 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.
Join the more than 30,000 other paddlers who have watched our helpful video of tips on How Not to Turn Over in a canoe!
Wondering what "airspace" is and how it relates to the upper Buffalo River water level? Wonder no more! Just watch our short YouTube video called: UNDERSTANDING PONCA AIRSPACE
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 an authorized canoeing concessioner of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.