August, 2014 - We are currently not floating the upper Buffalo National River as the present water level is too low for floating, which is normal for this time of year. The swimming holes are perfect right now, so it's not too late for a summertime picnic on the gravel bar! THANK YOU to everyone who floated with us for what became the longest canoe season ever in the history of the upper Buffalo River. If the river at Ponca or Steel Creek returns to a floatable level, we'll be sure to post the news here!
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!
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
During March, you can typically just walk in our office and rent a canoe, even on a weekend. 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.
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.