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Old 02-16-2007   #1
 
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Any good boating in Buffalo National River

Buffalo national River, Arkansas
Looking at working there this summer, Im curious if there is any boating to make it worth being there. Class III or higher though or anything close by.

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Was there as a kid and it was an amazingly cold river and was more of a canoe type float. Its been a very long time so I could be wrong.
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gh is right the Buffalo itself is more of a casual canoe float (but the water isn't cold in the summer). Some of the tributaries of the Buffalo are great III-V runs, but the problem is that they are all rainfall dependent don't run often in the summer. Check out Richland Creek, http://www.americanwhitewater.org/co...detail/id/104/ for an Arkansas III-IV classic. It usually has a window of 2-3 days after a good rainfall, but in the summer the window may be more like 1-2 days. Most of the others have even shorter windows. Summer just isn't the Arkansas paddling season.
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mojo's right. Paddling season is usually about any time you can get rain, and that's seldom summer. More likely Oct-May. Buffalo River corridor is beautiful. There's a reason it's a national park.

Lots of Ozark excellent paddling info here. Oh, and did we mention it's all rain-dependent?

Good luck, wherever you spend the summer.
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My advice would be to spend the summer in Colorado. It's gonna be sick!

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We were right below a dam and when it released it was cold. No clue where that was.
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There are no dams on the Buffalo. I'd bet you have it confused with the White River nearby.
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You know what, I think your right.
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There are tons of creeks all around, I'm an arkansas native and i enjoy the hell out of our area. Some summers are pretty dry, but since we had an awesome spring and winter, we will have a pretty decent early summer that may carry us through until fall.

There are several class 3-4 creeks, and quite a few notable 4-5 runs. If there isnt any water in the area, there is a dam release area in malvern, about 2 hours away. I live about 30 minutes from ponca, the start of the buffalo.. and about an hour and a half from buffalo city, the end of the monster. We usually car pool down to "rockport" and spend the day playing in some great surf.

Just look at americanwhitewater for some info on locations.. and check out topozone.com for info and put-ins. But seriously, arkansas is beautiful, and very friendly.

there are several paddlers that wouldnt mind showing you the area, just drop me a line
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As an Arkie native I will agree that the Buffalo (and all of the Ozarks for the matter) are beautiful and really cool. However, if you're gonna be there in the summer you shouldn't plan on doing a whole lot of boating. Aside from Rockport pickins is pretty slim......I love AR boating in the Spring & Fall when there's rain and the creeks are running (Buff watershed is freaking awesome creeking).......But I'm voting with COUNT.....work in CO this summer (unless you've got a real job and THAT's why you're moving to Arkansas) .....it's gonna be SICK!!!!!!!


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