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The Upper Buffalo River

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Ponca/Steel Creek to Kyles Landing (10.6/8 miles)

One of our more popular float trips is the stretch from Ponca to Kyles Landing. It is well known for its scenery and whitewater action. Roark Bluff at Steel Creek is just one the beautiful bluffs on this stretch of the river. Another benefit of this float is the opportunity to float to the trailhead of Hemmed in Hollow and hike to the gorgeous 225 foot waterfall from the river. We run this float every day when water permits. Averages 4-6 hours.

Pruitt to Hasty (7 miles)

A great trip for a family adventure. This is a great float for all ages. There are lots of great swimming holes on this float. Fishing on this stretch is very good as well. Last year, some of our floaters were lucky enough to see elk crossing the river on this float. We generally run this float everyday. Averages 4-6 hours.

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Ponca – Pruitt (23.8 miles)

By far our most popular multi day trip. The combination of scenery and serenity make this a great option for trip.

Pruitt – Mt. Hersey (17.8 miles)

Our fisherman special! Try this multiday trip down river and enjoy the scenery and some the outstanding smallmouth fishing the Buffalo River has to offer.

Pruitt – Woolum (26.3 miles)

Great 3-day trip that has great fishing along with the addition of being able to float by Skull Bluff and the Narrows(exact midpoint of the river).

Getting On The River

Our Kyles Landing outpost is located at the corner of Kyles Landing Rd. and Highway 74. We launch daily between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. We will get your rental contract completed and you will pay for your canoe rental (Saturday rentals are prepay with reservations) and vehicle shuttle.


You will drive your vehicle to the put in where our staff will meet you with the boats, pfd's, and mesh litter bags. While you are on the river, we will shuttle your car from the launch site to the take out. Here are some helpful things to know about us shuttling your car:

  • Bringing a spare key with you is very helpful for you and us.
  • Make sure your vehicle is safe to drive and has enough gas.