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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Overnight Float on the Buffalo River

Posted by John Berry on May 31st, 2012

When we were planning our overnight float on the Buffalo River, we were to be accompanied by our friends Paul and Donna. As we got closer to the trip, we learned that Paul would not be able to go. Donna was totally committed to the float and decided to go with us solo. She did not feel that she could handle a canoe by herself and opted to make the float in her kayak. She did not have much room to carry gear in her boat. My wife, Lori and I agreed to carry the dry bag that contained her tent, sleeping bag and other critical items in our boat. I managed to strap her kayak next to our canoe on the roof rack of my Suburban. read more…

Preparing for a 2-day float on the Buffalo River

Posted by John Berry on May 24th, 2012

I have been a camper most of my life. I started with the Cub Scouts and continued camping through my tenure with Boy Scouts and Explorers. I achieved the lofty level of Eagle Scout and had some wonderful adventures including Kamp Kiakima, overnight canoe floats and sleeping in caves on spelunking expeditions. A three year stint in the Army included two tours in Viet Nam and a lot of time in the boonies living out of my rucksack. Once I was a civilian again, I took up loaded bicycle touring and went on long multi day trips that include overnight camping in such diverse locations as the Natchez trace, the Feliciana region of Louisiana and Ireland. read more…

River Report July 31, 2011

Posted by Zack Thomas on July 31st, 2011

Did a quick overnight from Buffalo Point to Rush, hoping to maximize fishing time in the late evening and early morning. At between 80 and 90 cfs on the Harriet gauge, there was some minor dragging, but nothing bad–maybe 5 short spots on the whole paddle. BUT, it was definitely a paddle, not a float. At that flow, it’s basically a series of half-mile-long ponds separated by short riffles.

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