Buffalo National River – As you’re planning your float trip on the Buffalo River (map), please remember the Rules of the River that are intended to keep you safe and the river clean. If you have any questions about these rules or any other aspect of floating the Buffalo, please contact a park ranger at the visitor center or contact station. Individual and group camp sites are available at Tyler Bend.
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- Lightning safety
- Water conditions for entire river
- Water conditions Highway 65
- Boxley – Ponca - Pruitt – Hwy 14 Bridge
- Life Vests (PDFs): Every vessel must have a life vest (personal flotation device) for each person on board the vessel. Children under age 13 must wear a securely fastened life vest while on board any vessel. All life vests must be (1) U.S. Coast Guard approved, (2) in safe and serviceable condition, and (3) of proper size for the person wearing it.
- Alcohol: Yes you can drink alcohol if you are of legal age and abide by any other laws that may apply – however we ask that you are respectful, responsible and considerate of others especially if there are children present.
- Glass Containers: The possession or use of glass containers in caves, on trails or waterways or within 100 feet (30.48 meters) of any river or stream in the park is prohibited for public safety, except in designated campgrounds, picnic sites, or in vehicles on designated roads and parking areas.
- Foam Coolers: The possession of polystyrene coolers (commonly known as Styrofoam) is prohibited while floating or camping along the Buffalo River, except in developed campgrounds, picnic areas, landings, roads and parking lots. This prohibition includes cups, plates, coolers, ice chests, and containers. High-density bait containers, used solely for that purpose, are allowed.
- Use a Floating Holder (Koozie) for Beverages: All beverage containers not securely contained in a sealed cooler or mesh litter bag must be held in a floating holder that is designed to prevent it from sinking beneath the surface of the water.
- Fastened Cooler Lids: If you are transporting food and/or beverages in a vessel on the river, it must be kept in a sealed cooler or container that prevents the contents from spilling into the river.
- Mesh Litter Bags: All canoes, kayaks, tubes, rafts and other vessels easily susceptible to swamping, tipping or rolling must have an attached closable mesh litter bag. All trash must be disposed of safely and legally. A mesh litter bag is not required for people traveling without food or beverages. If you rent your vessel from a park authorized concessioner, a litter bag will be provided with each vessel.
- Dogs: If you bring your dog please be considerate of other people and keep your dog on a leash and clean up/pick up after your dog – no one wants to walk through the yard and step in dog poop. Also be aware that other people don’t love your dog like you do so keep them from roaming especially on the shuttle.
Information provided by the National Park Service and USGS