|Great Float Trips on Beautiful
Ozark Rivers Abound in Arkansas, Kansas,
Oklahoma and Missouri.
The Buffalo River, located in northern
Arkansas, originates in the Boston
Mountains of the Ozarks, flows for over
a hundred miles before joining
River. It is officially a national
treasure and locally considered to be a
great Arkansas Kayaking trip for
Jump down to our
Buffalo River Outfitters List
The upper section is in the Ozark
National Forest and it is managed by the
U.S. Forest Service. it also has
the most exciting rapids and is
designated as a National Scenic River
and a National Wild River.
The rest of the river is simply heaven
for canoe paddlers. The Oklahoma
Flatwater paddlers lead at least one
trip down this river every year and OKC
Kayak even offers guided Buffalo River
Paddle The Buffalo
National River - The Perfect Canoe Camping River
Nothing cools you down
faster than a spring fed river or a crisp clear lake
on a hot Oklahoma day. Check out our Oklahoma
Canoe and Kayak
Paddling Page to learn more! You can read
about our most recent float trips on our
Kayak Oklahoma Blog.
Trip Report - 5/25/05
Buffalo River and Illinois
Paddling the Buffalo River in Arkansas
Be it canoe or kayak, we like nothing better
than sliding across the water on 'our own
steam'. How can something this much fun actually
be good exercise?
To introduce Faithful Son to this healthful and
enjoyable sport, we planned a float trip via
canoe on a small part of The Buffalo River in
near Gilbert, Arkansas. One thing that surprised
us all was the gravel. In my muddy Oklahoma
hometown area, gravel is a rare and precious
resource. We mistakenly wore sandals to paddle
this lovely river, but we saw no sand.
The Buffalo River
is a beautiful river of crystal clear waters and gravel
banks surrounded by
high limestone bluffs of purple and orange. In 1972, it was
designated by Congress as America's first National River, on
the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Yellowstone as our
first National Park.
SKWOOSH X-Treme Paddling Cushion
Kayaking for hours at a time can be a
little tough on your under-carriage this
kayak seat cushion is the solution.
Buffalo River - Arkansas Paddling
It is also just
across the Arkansas border from Oklahoma, only a few hours
from Tulsa. In the Fall and Spring the Buffalo River offers
breathtaking seasonal color. Take your camera...heck take
your tripod too on this wonderful river!
The Buffalo is
the last major undammed river in Arkansas and is wonderfully
pristine, yet well complimented with canoe and kayak
outfitters in the surrounding small towns like Ponca, St.
Joe, Yellville and Hasty.
We have used both
Hill Canoe Rental and
Buffalo Camping & Canoeing and I can honestly say they
were both first rate. They offer numerous float trips
depending on distance you want to travel.
The river is
categorized into three parts, the upper, middle and lower.
Click the links below to see our list of outfitters for each
section of the Buffalo River.
upper part of the Buffalo
River is located in Boxley and ending in Carver.
(outfitters in Ponca, Jasper and Marble Falls, AR)
middle part of the
Buffalo River runs from Carver to S. Maumee. (outfitters
in St. Joe and Gilbert, AR)
lower part of the Buffalo
River runs from N. Maumee to Buffalo City. (outfitters
in Yellville, AR)
town in the area is Harrison, Arkansas and offers many
fine restaurants, shopping, hotels, motels, cabins,
Buffalo River - Arkansas Paddling
Here's a link to a good river map:
Buffalo River Map
Sadly, I'm afraid the Buffalo River float trip failed to
convert Faithful Son from XBox to paddle junkie as it
rained steadily for the majority of our float. Dianne
and I were paddling away on the river, so we found the
rain to be a cool and refreshing crowd control device,
but Dylan darn near froze in the middle of the canoe! Oh
well, better luck next time, eh?
Gilbert, Arkansas is close enough to Tahlequah to allow
us an afternoon
float trip down the Illinois River on our way back
Click to view recommended
paddling levels for the Illinois River near Tahlequah,
Buffalo River Canoe & Kayak Outfitter List
Upper River - Boxley to Carver
HC 70 Box 136 A Jasper, AR 72641
Buffalo Outdoor Center, Inc.
Location: Ponca, AR. 72670
Gordon Motel, Inc.
Location: P. O. Box 60 Jasper, AR 72641
Shuttle services and rental of canoes, kayaks, &
rafts. Closed for the season as of Sunday 6/26/2011.
Location: HCR 73, Box 39 Marble Falls, AR 72648
Phone: 870-446-2644 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lost Valley Canoe & Lodging
Cabins, campsites, shuttle services and rental of
canoes & kayaks. Floating Season is March to June.
Location: Hwy 43, Box 10 Ponca, AR 72670
Razorback Canoe Rental
Location: PO Box 1 Marble Falls, AR 72648
Riverview Motel Canoe Rental
Location: P.O. Box 352 Jasper, AR 72641
Middle Buffalo River - Carver to South Maumee
Buffalo Camping & Canoeing (We tried 'em, they
Location: P.O. Box 504 Gilbert, AR 72636
Buffalo River Outfitters
Guided trips, luxury cabins, shuttle services and
rental of canoes, kayaks, rafts & horses.
Location: Rt 1 Box 56 St. Joe, AR 72675
Crockett's Canoe Rental
Location: P.O. Box 26 Harriet, AR 72639
Silver Hill Canoe Rental (We
tried 'em, they rock!)
Shuttle services and rental of canoes, kayaks, rafts
& tubes. Open all year.
Location: Rt. 1 Box 48A St. Joe, AR 72675
Phone: 870-439-2372 Email: email@example.com
Lower Buffalo River - North Maumee to Buffalo City
Dillard's Ozark Outfitters, Inc.
Location: 12656 Hwy. 14S - Yellville, AR 72687
Dirst Canoe Rental
Location: 538 Hwy. 268 - Yellville, AR 72687
Wild Bill's Outfitters
Cabins with Jacuzzi, shuttle services and rental of
canoes, kayaks, rafts & tubes.
Location: Jct. Hwy 14 S. & 268 - Yellville, AR 72687