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April 5, 2017 | 9:00 AM:  The water level on the upper Buffalo National River at the Ponca access is presently at 6 inches of airspace, (which is 4.29 on the USGS gage and 889 CFS). This level is currently rated as "High" by the Buffalo National River park service.  The water temps are chilly and swift today, so solid paddling skills are recommended for canoeing and kayaking. We also recommend wearing a wetsuit and booties regardless of what kind of boat you're paddling.  A wetsuit + booties combo is available for rent in our store for $15+tax.

We are launching canoes, kayaks, and rafts today from Ponca 10.6 miles to Kyles Landing . Call for reservations 870.861.5514

We strongly recommend that you be an experienced paddler to float this time of year.  First time to paddle the Buffalo?  Check out our handy "Before You Float" FAQ!

Boxley

River Level

2.46 ft

Very Low

Flow Rate

82.30 cf/s

Last Updated: Feb. 24, 2021, 1:59 p.m.

Ponca

River Level

3.02 ft

Low, but floatable

Flow Rate

137.00 cf/s

Last Updated: Feb. 24, 2021, 1:59 p.m.

Pruitt

River Level

4.38 ft

Moderate, Ample Water for Floating

Flow Rate

272.00 cf/s

Last Updated: Feb. 24, 2021, 1:59 p.m.

Carver

River Level

7.94 ft

Moderate, Ample Water for Floating

Last Updated: Feb. 24, 2021, 1:59 p.m.

St. Joe

River Level

5.62 ft

Moderate, Ample Water for Floating

Flow Rate

1070.00 cf/s

Last Updated: Feb. 24, 2021, 1:59 p.m.

Harriet

River Level

4.86 ft

Moderate, Ample Water for Floating

Flow Rate

1400.00 cf/s

Last Updated: Feb. 24, 2021, 1:59 p.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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