The floating season on the upper Buffalo River (Ponca to Pruitt) is March through June with early July floating an occasional possibility. The Buffalo is primarily dependent upon rainfall for its water level, so once the rains of spring and early summer have passed, so has the chance to float the upper section.
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS TIP: As a river preservation measure, the National Park Service limits the number of rental boats that can be launched on any given day with the peak demand day being Saturday. Therefore, if you are planning a weekend float it is wise to reserve your boat(s) in advance. For example, it is never too early to book a boat for a weekend, which is the upper Buffalo’s most popular floating time.