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Arkansas whitewater, Buffalo River

Searcy county, Gilbert to Maumee section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     11.8 miles
  This section of Buffalo River in Arkansas is 11.8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more.
    When you're paddling down a Boston Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. There's camping available near Buffalo River. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít
have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Mountain Home, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The scenic beauty of Arkansas and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. There are so many sections  
to paddle in this river system, the Gilbert to Maumee section is just one of many. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camping stuff too.

Briefly about the general area:
If you fancy a little side trip, try McKinney Hollow, and during your trip here you'll meet some folks from Marshall for sure. If you like the outdoors you'll like it here in the Boston Mountains. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 90's to Buffalo River while nighttime lows are usually in the 60's. Highs during the wintertime are ordinarily in the 40's, and night lows throughout the wintertime for Buffalo River tend to be in the 20's.

Buffalo River, Gilbert to Maumee road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Buffalo River.
 Whitewater Near Buffalo River:
Buffalo River, Searcy County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 11.8 miles long (Gilbert to Maumee)
Buffalo River, Searcy County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.9 miles long (Maumee to Buffalo Point)
Buffalo River, Searcy County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.6 miles long (Tyler Bend to Gilbert)
Buffalo River, Marion County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.5 miles long (Buffalo Point to Rush Landing)
Buffalo River, Marion County, 11 miles away
      Class I(II) - 24.4 miles long (Rush Landing to Buffalo City)
Buffalo River, Searcy County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 15.3 miles long (Woolum to Tyler Bend)
Sulphur Creek, Searcy County, 18 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 6 miles long (Southern Fork to Richland Creek)
Little Red River - Archey's Fork, Pope Van Buren County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Morris Road Bridge to US 65)
Crooked Creek, Boone/ Marion County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 52 miles long (Harman to Highway 101)
Bobtail Creek, Searcy County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2.75 miles long (FS 1219A to Richland Creek)
 Hotels Near Buffalo River:
His Place Resort, Cotter , 19 miles away
The River Rock Hotel And Lake, Mountain Home , 26 miles away
Best Western Hillside Inn, Clinton , 27 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MOUNTAIN HOME, Mountain Home , 28 miles away
Super 8 Mountain Home, Mountain Home , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Buffalo River:
Buffalo National River - Maumee South, Marshall, 3 miles away
Buffalo Camping and Canoeing, Gilbert, 3 miles away
Buffalo National River - Spring Creek, Harriet, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Buffalo River:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 33 miles away
Bull Shoals State Park, Arkansas , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Buffalo River:
Searcy County Golf Club Ironhead Course, Marshall , 6 miles away
Lost Mine Golf Course, Marshall , 6 miles away

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