We know that on your free day you want to relax in the outdoors. Whether floating down the river, hiking the bluffs, or hooking a big one, we can set you up. The team here at Buffalo River Outfitters has listed which areas we recommend for our one-day float trips. If you think a one-day trip just is not long enough, check out our multi-day float trip page for our recommendations!
*Shuttle fee's for floats listed below are $9.00 per person, plus the cost of boat rental and tax.
Featured One-Day Float
Baker Ford to Gilbert - 10 Miles
- Average float time: 4-5 hours
- Shuttle departs any time between 8:00am - 10:00am
This section between Baker Ford and Gilbert features scenic views and historical structures, landscapes and artifacts that you won’t want to miss. Approximately a mile into your trip, you will happen upon Arnold Bend Island. Be sure to stay on the right-hand side of the river here, as the left-hand side has several strainers that make getting through by boat nearly impossible. There is a beautiful, towering limestone bluff that sits behind the island so pull over to the side and enjoy the scenery.
Four miles into your trip, there is a historical hike that starts at Tyler Bend Visitor Center. It is roughly a mile one-way and leads you to an overlook where you get a bird’s eye view of the Buffalo National River. While you are here, check out the Tyler Bend Visitor Center and learn about the history of the Buffalo National River and the Collier Homestead which you will also see during your hiking excursion.
Roughly one and half miles downstream from Tyler Bend, you will float into Grinder’s Ferry. Grinder’s Ferry has one of the most popular swimming holes on the Buffalo River. You can also hike up to the top of the bluff and enjoy the view.
Additional One-Day Floats
Grinder's Ferry to Gilbert - 4.2 Miles
- Average float time: 1-2 hours
- Shuttle departs any time between 8:00am - 2:00pm
These times are estimated based on the average float conditions and can change due to weather conditions and water levels. We will attempt to contact you, in the event that water levels are too low to float. Contact us or visit the National Park Service website to stay up to date on river conditions.