Floating the Buffalo River explore

Float the Buffalo

Canoeing and kayaking the upper Buffalo National River is absolutely the finest paddling experience in the state of Arkansas. When you plan a float trip here you've selected the most amazing scenery in the state as the backdrop for your adventure.

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Important Floating Information

Site Launch Details

Our daily launch site is determined by water level which means your launch site cannot be guaranteed when booking. On Saturdays in May, outfitters are required to launch at the Steel Creek access (rather than Ponca), water level permitting. Private boaters, however, may launch at the Ponca access if water level permits.

Season Info:
During floating season (March–June), we confirm the launch site each morning on our Buffalo River Level web page. You can also call us at 870-861-5514 to learn the day’s launch site.

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Today’s BOC River Trip

Float trips on the Upper Buffalo River are on hold until the area receives enough rain to bring the river back up to a floatable level.

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Steel Creek to Kyle’s Landing

8 Miles
4-6 hours

When river conditions are too low to launch in Ponca, we move 2 miles downriver to the Steel Creek launch (10 minutes from Ponca on Hwy. 74) where you’ll canoe 8 miles to Kyle’s Landing.

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Ponca to Kyle’s Landing

10.7 Miles
4-6 Hours

Discover why this is our most popular Buffalo National River canoe trip and, without a doubt, the river’s most scenic.

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Ponca to Pruitt

23.9 Miles
2 Days

This trip features the best scenery the Buffalo National River has to offer, including majestic Big Bluff and many other beautiful bluffs along the way, plus, towering Hemmed-In Hollow waterfall and the chance to visit or camp at the historic Erbie area.

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Ponca to Woolum

50.3 Miles
3-4 Days

If you have a long weekend or are looking for an extended river trip that’s not too long, the Ponca to Woolum section of the Buffalo National River is ideal.

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Pruitt to Hasty

6.8 Miles
4-5 Hours

From a scenery standpoint, this is the second prettiest section of Buffalo National River with many nice bluffs featured along the way.

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Pruitt to Mt. Hersey

17.8 Miles
2 Days

When water levels are lower and we launch downriver at Pruitt (just off Hwy. 7, about 5 miles north of Jasper), the typical 2-day canoe trip is from Pruitt to Mt. Hersey.

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Ponca to Buffalo City

125.4 Miles
7-10 Days
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camping along rock bar on the Buffalo National River

Buffalo River Camping

Experience Arkansas's finest river camping, whether in a primitive NPS campground or choosing your own spot along America's first national river.

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