Camping in Backcountry

Campers who desire a more primitive experience may camp anywhere within the Buffalo National River if at least one half mile from any developed area. Camping is not permitted, however, in or near historic sites, in hayfields or pastures, or on private land. For a more enjoyable camping experience, camp out of sight of all trails.

When camping along the river, be prepared for the unexpected. Check weather and water conditions before and during your trip. Heavy or prolonged rains, which may be upstream and out of sight, can raise river levels rapidly. Rises of over a foot an hour can occur at any time of the year, and the river can rise more than 25 feet in a single day.

Camp well above the water level and check the river periodically to ensure it is not risng. Pull your canoe and other gear well above river level. Always camp where you have an escape route to higher ground, not against the bluffs, on islands or on areas of gravel bars which are likely to become islands if the river begins to rise.

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west Buffalo

east Buffalo


Big Piney Creek
Buffalo River
Caddo River
Cadron Creek
Cossatot River
Crooked Creek
Eleven Point River
Illinois Bayou
Kings River
Little Missouri River
Little Red River
Mulberry River
Ouachita River
Saline River
Spring River
Strawberry River
White River

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