Buffalo National River

Buffalo National River

Things To Do

Frequently Asked Questions

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River use along the Buffalo is not evely distributed over the entire course of the river. Thirty percent of the river receives seventy percent of the canoe traffic. Three of the most used river segments are Ponca to Kyles Landing, Maumee to Buffalo Point, and Highway 14 Bridge to Rush. Peak river use begins in April and ends in August. The most intensive use occurs on the upper river from Ponca to Pruitt in April and May. On the middle and lower sections, river use peaks from June to July. To avoid crowds in the spring, consider floating during the weekdays or floating on a lower section of river, such as Carver to Woolum. To avoid summer crowds consider a trip early in the morning or during the middle of the week. A quiet, early morning trip will offer cooler temperatures, far more opportunities to see wildfile along the river banks, and better fishing. In the spring and late fall the middle and lower section of the river are seldom used.

Can I rent canoes in the park?
Actually, not in the park, but just outside, from park contracted canoe concessioners. These businesses are permitted by the National Park Service to rent canoes, kayaks and rafts, and to provide shuttle services within Buffalo National River. Concessioners provide canoes, paddles, life jackets, mesh litter bags and shuttle service. For an additional fee, some outfitters will shuttle vehicles to a take-out point. We encourage you to contact our concessioners and shop for the services and rates you desire. More...

What should I know about a river trip?
When planning a river float trip, the type of experience you have depends on several factors, including the length of your visit, the season, and the stretch of river you choose to float. Your decisions can be influenced by factors such as temperature, river gradient and water level, and an individual's paddling ability. Together, these variables contribute to the success of your trip. The length of a float trip can range from hours to days, from 1 mile to 130 miles (1.6 to 208 km). Most visitors choose distances of eight miles (12.8 km) or less. Constant paddling does not always make for the most enjoyable trip; while planning your trip, don't forget to consider the time you wish to spend hiking along riverside trails, fishing, and swimming.

Can you hike along the Buffalo National River?
Yes. There are over 100 miles (160 km) of maintained trails within the park. Some trails will accommodate hiker and horse use. However, some trails are designed for foot traffic only and are marked with a white blaze. Trails blazed in yellow are hiker/horseback trails. Bicycles and pets are not permitted on any park trails.

Johnboat Rentals

Johnboat Rentals

The links provided to the concession web sites are for your convenience for the rental of johnboats and are not considered an endorsement by the National Park Service of other information included on each site.

Buffalo River Outfitters, Inc. 
1-800-582-2244
Rt.1, Box 56
St. Joe, AR 72675

Cotter Trout Dock
1-800-447-7538
(870) 435-6525
P.O. Box 96
Cotter, AR 72626

Newlands Float Trips & Lodge
1-800-334-5604
(870) 431-5678
295 River Road
Lakeview, AR 72642

Riley's Station - Outfitter and Hide-Away
1-888-533-2151
129 CR 640
Mountain Home, AR 72653

Rose Trout Dock
(870) 499-5311
P.O. Box 82
Norfork, AR 72658

White Buffalo Resort, Inc.
(870) 425-8555
418 White Buffalo Trail
Mountain Home, AR 72653

Wild Bill's Outfitter
1-800-554-8657
23 Highway 268 E.
Yellville, AR 72687

Woodsman's Sports Shop & Fishing Service, Inc.
(870) 499-7454
8014 Push Mtn. Road
Norfork, AR 72658

 

Canoe Rentals

Upper River (Boxley to Carver)

The links provided to the concession web sites are for your convenience for the rental of canoes and are not considered an endorsement by the National Park Service of other information included on each site.

Buffalo Adventures Canoe Rental
(870) 446-5406
P.O. Box 414
Jasper, AR 72641

Buffalo Outdoor Center, Inc.
1-800-221-5514
Ponca, AR 72670

Gordon Motel, Inc.
1-800-477-8509 or
(870) 446-5252
P.O. Box 60
Jasper, AR 72641

Keller's Kanoes
(870) 446-2644
HCR 73, Box 39
Marble Falls, AR 72648

Lost Valley Canoe & Lodging
(870) 861-5522
Ponca, AR 72670

Riverview Motel Canoe Rentals
(870) 446-2616
P.O. Box 352
Jasper, AR 72641

Middle River (Carver to S. Maumee)

Buffalo Camping & Canoeing
(870) 439-2888 or 439-2386
RR1, Box 193
St. Joe, AR 72675

Buffalo River Outfitters, Inc.
1-800-582-2244
Rt. 1, Box 56
St. Joe, AR 72675

Crockett's Canoe Rental
1-800-355-6111
(870) 448-3892
P.O. Box 26
Harriet, AR 72639

Silver Hill Canoe Rental
(870) 439-2372
Rt. 1, Box 48A
St. Joe, AR 72675

Lower River ( N. Maumee to Buffalo City)

Dirst Canoe Rental
1-800-537-2850
(870) 449-6636
538 Highway 268 E.
Yellville, AR 72687

Wild Bill's Outfitter
1-800-554-8657
(870) 449-6235
23 Highway 268 E.
Yellville, AR 72687

 

AIR Application Procedure

A panel of professionals from various disciplines and park representatives will choose the finalists. The selection is based on artistic integrity, a willingness to donate a finished piece of work inspired by their stay, and the artist's ability to relate and interpret the park through their work. We consider all forms of art except those that manipulate or disturb the park's environment or are added to the park's physical features.

Selections are made without regard to race, religion, marital status, sex, age or national origin. The facilities used for this program are not wheelchair accessible. Pets are not allowed. Foreign applicants must be able to obtain a J-1 Visa prior to arrival if they are selected by the judges panel.

Applications for the Artist-in-Residence program (up to three weeks long) must be postmarked by January 31 each year. Residencies are in spring (March - May), summer (June - August), and fall (September - November).

For further information or to mail applications:

Coordinator

Artist-in-Residence Program

BuffaloNational River

402 N Walnut, Suite 136

Harrison, AR 72601

(870) 741-5443

Please send an application consisting of the following:

 

  1. A one to two page resume and summary of creative works.
  2. A sample of recent work (Visual artists should submit up to six images in digital format on a CD; musicians should submit a CD of recordings; performing artists should send a CD or DVD; and a brief manuscript, short story, article, or poetry from writers).
  3. A statement from the applicant explaining what he/she hopes to achieve from a residency at Buffalo National River and how this residency will support the image, resources, and significance of the national river.
  4. List your preferred period of residence. There will be a writers-only residency during the summer in addition to the regular summer residency.
  5. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of sample materials.If you do not want your items returned, please tell us. Include entry form.

For further information or to mail applications:

 

Coordinator

Artist-in-Residence Program

BuffaloNational River

402 N Walnut, Suite 136

Harrison, AR 72601

(870) 741-5443

 

Horseback Riding

One of the many ways to enjoy the Buffalo National River is by horse. Designated trails for horseback riding are located in all districts of the national river. Numerous old roads, now closed to motor vehicles, provide riding opportunities for those willing to explore without the benefit of trail signs.

Two camping areas in the upper river are designated for visitors with horses. Steel Creek and Erbie are accessible by vehicle and provide basic facilities such as fire grates, vault toilets, and space for horse trailers. Both camps are located adjacent to horse trails. Steel Creek Horse Camp offers 14 sites and Erbie Horse Camp another 5 sites. Use is limited to 6 persons and 4 horses per site with a 7 day limit per stay; first-come, first-served.