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The water level on the upper Buffalo National River at the Ponca access currenly has ample water for floating, but due to current temps we will not be renting boats. We will run shuttles for private boaters.  

Call to make your springtime reservations (870)861-5514, or book online.

First time to paddle the Buffalo?  Check out our handy "Before You Float" FAQ!

Boxley

River Level

4.30 ft

Ample Water for Floating

Flow Rate

526.00 cf/s

Last Updated: Feb. 23, 2018, 12:42 a.m.

Ponca

River Level

4.91 ft

High, For Experienced Paddlers Only

Flow Rate

694.00 cf/s

Last Updated: Feb. 23, 2018, 12:42 a.m.

Pruitt

River Level

6.51 ft

Ample Water for Floating

Flow Rate

945.00 cf/s

Last Updated: Feb. 23, 2018, 12:42 a.m.

Carver

River Level

10.68 ft

Experienced Floaters Only

Last Updated: Feb. 23, 2018, 12:42 a.m.

St. Joe

River Level

9.98 ft

High

Flow Rate

5510.00 cf/s

Last Updated: Feb. 23, 2018, 12:42 a.m.

Harriet

River Level

9.11 ft

High

Flow Rate

7070.00 cf/s

Last Updated: Feb. 23, 2018, 12:42 a.m.

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Advance Canoe / Kayak / Raft Reservations

An advance reservation for a canoe, kayak or raft is always a good idea, as springtime float trips are very popular here on the upper Buffalo National River, especially on weekends.  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.

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.

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