Ongoing rain in Buffalo River Country has kept the river levels up and beautiful for the past few weeks. The air is finally a little bit nippy, and conditions are ripening for perfect fall color viewing trips. The best time for finding the trees in the height of this display is late October to November, so it’s coming right up! Don’t wait to plan your fall trip - the leaves fall quickly!

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Fall is creeping into the air here in Buffalo River Country. Shorter days, crisper nights, and new opportunities for adventure are here in a whole new light. The leaves are already falling and will soon begin to dress in their autumn colors, setting the mountains and the valleys ablaze with seasonal art. The fall is a beautiful time to camp, float, hike, and so much more. Use this list as a guide for your outings, and let your imagination do the rest!

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Late summer settles down like a hazy veil upon the deep green waters of the river. The bugs shrill louder as if in protest of the heavy heat, and minnows dart in the ample shallows along the gravel. This part of the season slows everything to a peaceful pace, not only the river but the bustle around it. With most schools back in and the official rush of summer over, these elements come together to provide the perfect getaway opportunity.

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Are you looking for a place to help you instill in your children a love for the outdoors, a respect for nature, and a yearning for learning? The Buffalo National River provides the perfect family vacation opportunity. America’s First National river flows through the gorgeous Ozark mountains, it’s green-blue waters weaving together history, natural wonders, and an ongoing haven for wildlife. If you are looking for peace and calm and some quality time with your kids amidst the beauty of a national treasure, then here is the perfect place for you.

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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. 

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Water Levels

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  • 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.