About Buffalo River Outfitters

Founded in 1986, Buffalo River Outfitters makes Ozark adventure vacations pleasant, easy and affordable. Our office is located in St. Joe, Arkansas, right in the heart of the Buffalo National River, making it the perfect place to serve river goers with quality equipment and expert services.

Buffalo River Outfitters provides canoes, kayaks and rafts for floating the Buffalo National River. We offer shuttle services to almost anywhere on the river and can outfit one day or multiple day float trips. No matter what route you choose, we guarantee you will experience the wonderful, natural beauty the Buffalo has to offer.

Along with our floating and shuttle services, we pride ourselves on our spacious, comfortable log cabins. Buffalo River Outfitters has space for a cozy getaway for two as well as large cabins to accommodate ten or more people. Whether for a business trip or a family vacation, we have the perfect place for you!

During your stay, check out our outfitting store/souvenir shop. The expertly trained staff on the phone, behind the counter and on the gravel bar will help you make the best of your time at the Buffalo National River.

Buffalo River Outfitters stands as a headquarters for current river levels and flow information. We can suggest the best trips for the season and conditions. Ask us about what there is to do nearby – hiking, swimming, horseback riding, sightseeing and more!

Our location is also perfect for the avid antique shopper and enthusiastic explorer of tiny towns. We even have an amazing drive-in movie theater and some one-of-a-kind restaurants just ten minutes or less from our Buffalo River Cabins.

Our staff at Buffalo River Outfitters

At Buffalo River Outfitters we value our outstanding customer service. Our staff is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about anything and everything related to the Buffalo River. The main goal of our staff is to help you feel safe and secure with our guides, confident of our gear, and comfortable throughout your stay.

We are an Authorized Concessioner of the National Park Service, and we take that seriously. The team at Buffalo River Outfitters want you to have a wonderful trip and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to showing you our neck of the woods!

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Our Cabins

Whether you're looking for a cozy spot for two or somewhere to hold a large group of friends and family, we have the perfect cabin for you.

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Seeing is believing, and when we tell you we have some of the most beautiful water in the state, we can back it up.

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Other services

We do a lot more than just float trips and cabin rentals. We can help you plan a hike photo tour, schedule shuttle service and more.

Floating, hiking, camping...

Buffalo River Outfitters offers a complete Ozark adventure vacation. We provide canoes, kayaks, rafts and shuttle service for floating the Buffalo National River, and have clean and cozy lodging options that are unmatched in the area. 

Whether you want to float the river, hike nearby trails, go horseback riding, or simply relax on a porch swing and enjoy the fresh air, we've got the place for you.

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Water Levels

  • Flood stage
  • High
  • moderate
  • low
  • Very Low

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St. Joe

6.61 FT
  • Very Low: The river is dry in places.
  • Low: Water is low but floatable. The river moves slowly and many rocks are exposed.
  • Moderate: Ample water for floating. The river moves at an average of 2 mph, allowing canoes to float over most rocks.
  • High: For experienced floaters only. The river flows swiftly and 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 Level: The river flows outside its normal banks. Flood waters move quickly and carry debris. River conditions are hazardous even for highly skilled canoeists.