Weather & Water Levels

The weather and water levels on the Buffalo can sometimes be difficult to predict, but here at Buffalo River Outfitters we want to make sure you have the most enjoyable trip year round! Located in Arkansas, the Buffalo National River is the first national river in the country and is abundant in wildlife and beautiful scenery. Whether it’s just a day trip or a long overdue getaway, below is some information to help you decide the perfect time to come see us.

For your convenience we have included the average high and low temperatures for each month along with the average water temperature and precipitation. The most enjoyable time to come is typically during the months of May-August. Feel free to call us at any time to check on current conditions. We can’t wait to see you have an amazing time on the Buffalo National River!

Weather For Our Best Day

Typically, we consider the best days for floating to be the days when it is bright and sunny. The sun warming your skin and the bright sun is just what everyone needs when summer comes. When the sun is out, so is most of our wildlife. We can guarantee that if it’s sunny you will see all of the abundant wildlife that the Buffalo has to offer.

However, we love cloudy days, too. The temperature is usually lower so you do not feel as hot. With the sun blocked, it is also not as bright outside and therefore gives you the best view of the river! Cloudy weather is also great for fishing. Don’t be hesitant to come if you see a cloud. We love the sun, but sometimes it is nice to get a little cooler weather.

Whether you come on a sunny day or a cloudy day, we can promise that the bluffs will still be pretty, the water will still be blue, and you will still have fun!

Month

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

High

49
54
62
72
80
88
93
93
86
75
60
51

Low

27
30
36
46
53
63
66
65
57
46
35
24

Precip

3.2
3.0
3.4
4.7
5.5
4.8
3.0
3.3
3.8
3.7
3.2
2.7

Water Temp

42
42
46
60
68
76
77
70
71
60
53
45

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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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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.

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Water Levels

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

PONCA

FT

St. Joe

5.03 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.