Buffalo Outdoor Center

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Current Buffalo River Level

The Buffalo National River water level is currently too low to launch boats in the upper district. This is normal for this time of year. We will not be able to launch boats until we receive adequate rainfall to bring the river back up to a floatable level. The middle and lower districts remain floatable. If you are coming to the area and would still like to float, check with our staff or go on the National Park Service's website for recommended areas that are only about an hour away. Also ask about other fun summertime activities in the area!

Click here for our canoe / kayak 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.