One-Day Float Trips

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 fees for floats listed below are $10.00 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.

Buffalo River Outfitters float trip group canoes

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

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.


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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


2.89 FT

St. Joe

5.85 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.