Below you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Buffalo River Outfitters hours & location, services offered, policies and more. For additional questions, feel free to call us at 870-439-2200 or complete our online contact form.
The Buffalo River Outfitters store is located on Hwy 65, approximately 6 miles south of St. Joe, Arkansas, in Silver Hill. We are located 1.1 miles south of the Buffalo National RIver Bridge.
There is one cabin located directly across highway 65 from our parking lot, the rest of the cabins are spread out down Blue Ribbon Road for about a mile.
Our Cabins are located across highway 65 from our main office on Blue Ribbon Road.
Buffalo River Outfitters is located two hours north of Conway, Arkansas, on Hwy 65 and about 40 minutes south of Harrison, Arkansas. The closest city is Marshall, Arkansas, which is located 8 miles south of us. There you can find a grocery store and convenience stores with fuel.
Our cabins offer charcoal grills, a refrigerator, televisions with DVD players, all linens, a fireplace, heat and A/C.
Cabin check-in time is any time after 3 pm. Check-out is any time before 11 am.
There is a message board in front of our main office that will have check-in instructions and a map to the cabin.
Harp's in Marshall is the closest grocery store. It is located 8 miles south of Buffalo River Outfitters. There are also several gas station there.
Yes: Big Springs Smoke House, Fergusons Country Restaurant, Las Azteca's and Coursey's Smoked Meats and Cheeses.
We offer drinks and snacks, as well as t-shirts, water shoes, dry boxes and dry bags, sunscreen, and sunglasses just to name a few.
The most important thing is to be aware of current water levels and conditions. You should also be familiar with the Arkansas Waterway Laws!
Be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing. Sandals or old tennis shoes are always preferred over flip flops or shoes that could be easily swept off feet. Dry bags are always a plus to keep gear you do not want wet. A cooler with plenty of water and snacks, river towels, and sunscreen.
Sleeping bags/ hammocks, cooler with food and drinks, tent, dry clothes/ weather appropriate clothing, dry bag to store anything that you do not want wet it, sunscreen and a first aid kit. Find more suggested items here.
Beginner would be someone who has never experienced a free flowing stream. Intermediate has some experience paddling in flowing to fast moving water. Experienced would be someone capable of navigating class II to class III rapids with ease and knows the hazards associated with the river at current conditions.
Anytime between the months of March-October, with peak season being May-July.
View our Weather & Water Levels page, visit the USGS website, or give us a call at 870-439-2200.
No, but you can purchase them online at agfc.com or call 800-364-GAME.
Yes, Tyler Bend, Grinder’s Ferry, and Shine Eye.
Arkansas Waterway Laws should be followed while at the Buffalo River. Read more about the specific laws here.
Yes, there are hiking trails located around The Tyler Bend Recreation area which is located close to our store. There is a trail from Shine eye to Gilbert that is located on the north side of highway 65 bridge. There is a new trail from Grinders Ferry to Gilbert that was completed early spring of 2015. For more information, visit the National Park Service website.
Cell coverage is spotty, especially in the upper and lower sections of the Buffalo. However, in the Middle Section there is pretty decent coverage (at least good enough to send out a text message).
There are no age restrictions.
A personal flotation device is required for every person on board a vessel, and children under the age of 13 are required to wear a life jacket at all times. We suggest every wears a life jacket until they are familiar with the river and its changing currents.
Yes, pets are allowed on the river however, the National Park Service requires them to be kept on a leash while out of boats and vehicles.
We require prepayment for reservations. We float Rain or Shine unless the river is at dangerous levels or closed.
There are no refunds within 21 days of your arrival date, unless the river is closed, in which case we will refund your vessel rental and shuttle costs. There is a $25 cancellation fee for each reservation. This information is also clearly printed on your reservation confirmation.
The Buffalo National River is a trash free park, practicing a pack in pack out trash policy. For more information, visit www.wilderness.net.
Searcy County is a dry county. The closest liquor store is Blue Water Liquor in Western Grove, 18 miles north on Hwy 65. We advise bringing what you need from home.