Buffalo River Outfitters COVID-19 Response

The events of the last few months, and especially the last week, have been extraordinary and unprecedented. We have been monitoring updates from the WHO and the CDC, and have made the difficult decision to shut down all business operations as of today. This includes the storefront, as well as any and all floating, shuttle, and cabin reservations. This shutdown will last a minimum of two weeks, at which time we will assess the situation and make more decisions from there. Our desire is to keep our customers healthy and safe at all times.

If you have made floating, shuttle, or cabin reservations with us and need to update, reschedule or cancel them, our phone lines will still be open. Our employees will be answering phones from home for the time being. If you do need to contact us, please have patience with us and if you can’t get through, please wait ten minutes and call again. If you would like us to call you concerning your reservation, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner. We will be calling any reservations that exist in our known shutdown time to discuss.

We thank you for your continued support, and for the love you have shown us and the Buffalo National River. Please be safe, practice social distancing, and wash your hands. We will keep you updated on what the rest of our 2020 season will look like as soon as we know.

The Buffalo River Outfitters Team


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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.


Water Levels

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


3.93 FT

St. Joe

7.49 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.