The very best way to see Buffalo River is by canoeing. You may bring your own canoe, kayak, raft, or john boat; or you can rent one from local authorized concessioners and#150; no permit is required. Motors must be less than 10 horsepower and properly registered in the state of Arkansas . Life jackets are required in all boats, and must be worn by children 12 and younger. No glass containers are permitted within 50 feet of the river or its tributaries.
Floating the Buffalo can be a wonderful experience, and you can keep it that way by following a few precautions. Always check river conditions before you float. River levels are posted at the access areas and can also be found on the internet or by calling any ranger station or visitor center.
The river in any area is rated in the following manner:
Very Low and#150; The river is dry in places.
Low But Floatable and#150; The river moves slowly and many rocks are exposed.
Ample Water For Floating and#150; The river moves at an average of two miles per hour, allowing canoes to float over most rocks.
Experienced Floaters Only and#150; The river flows swiftly. Compromising situations may occur. Canoeing experience on swift moving rivers is necessary. All canoeists must possess good river canoeing skills and must be familiar with rescue procedures.
Flood Stage, River Closed and#150; The river flows outside its normal banks. Flood waters move quickly and carry debris. River conditions are hazardous even for highly skilled canoeists.