These Hazy Days on the Buffalo

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.

With the crowds waning, why not grab your favorite paddling partner and make your way to America’s First National River? Here, history and nature hold hands as they make their way along the Buffalo National River corridor. If you are looking for an easy, relaxing float that allows for you to take your time and enjoy the spirit of the river, now is the time. 

The river is not alone when you are counting the best parts of this slice of the Ozarks. The tangle of trails nearby range from beginner to more challenging jaunts, with historic sites and river overlooks dotted along them. Don’t even worry about packing lunch, because the nearby Coursey’s and Big Springs Trading Company both specialize in meals that fit perfectly in your lunch cooler to take with you. 

If you are the type to shed this late summer weather, then explore the nearby antique and junk stores. Go picking, iced coffee in hand (courtesy of Rock N Java on the hill), and find something to call a souvenir. 

Whether we are lucky enough to be your destination, or you are just passing through, Searcy County is full of things to see and things to do. Don’t know where to start? Pick up the phone and give us a call. We are here and eager to help you fill your days with nature, fun, and lasting memories. 

Make your escape. 


Let us help you plan the perfect trip to the Buffalo River.


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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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


2.52 FT

St. Joe

5.77 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.