Buffalo River

By an act of Congress on March 1, 1972, The Buffalo National River was established, forever protecting this magnificent river from development. The upper Buffalo is best known for its shear cliffs that extend more than 300 feet above the fast moving river in northwest Arkansas. But lower in the river there are gentle pools of slow moving water between shallow riffles and shoals, excellent for camping and fishing. Hiking trails also dot the outlying riverbanks, up and down the vast cliffs and deep hollers. Smallmouth bass and goggleye are the game fish of choice for most anglers on the Buffalo, and there are plenty of outfitters to help with a day trip or an overnight, multi-day trip on the 135-mile river.

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Fishing/Trip Report 6/29-7/1

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 7th, 2016


My closest friend since first grade and I had an annual tradition of taking a multi-day float/fishing trip on an Ozark river.  The two of us would plan the trips together and try to get others to join us.  Many years we did get others to join, a few years it was just the two of us.  He would travel from San Francisco every year just for the trip. My friend passed away suddenly in December so this year I headed up a group for a river trip as part of a memorial.  For the First Annual Andy Hart Memorial Float Trip we went down the Buffalo River.  We started out as a group of nine at Tyler Bend on Wednesday and we were joined by 2 more at our camping spot just up from Glibert.  5 of our group departed at Maumee and 6 finished off the trip on Friday at Spring Creek. read more…

Hike to Howksbill Crag

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 29th, 2014


I met Dennis and Mary Schule, when Dennis and I were guiding for Blur Ribbon Fly Shop. We worked together quite a bit and became friends. When the shop closed we formed our own guide service, Blue Ribbon Guides. The idea was for me, Dennis, and my wife, Lori to do the guiding and Mary would serve as the webmaster for our website http://blueribbonguides.com. In addition, we share an interest in an active outdoors lifestyle that includes fishing and kayaking. In addition Dennis and Mary are active hikers.
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Buffalo River Officials Fighting Plant Thefts

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 7th, 2013

By: Wayne Powell
Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013

The Buffalo National River Parks is combating the poaching of ginseng that grows naturally in the park with a new marking system.

The marking system uses a permanent adhesive that includes a dye color specific to the park. The identification system also has a magnetic component and a florescent light signature. This id system allows positive identification of native ginseng illegally removed from the park. The marking system has already proven useful in the apprehension and conviction of ginseng poachers.

Ginseng Panax Quinquefolius is a native perennial plant that is highly valued for its medicinal qualities in the herb trade. The dollar value of the root makes it a prime target for poaching.