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Arkansas Buffalo River -- CANCELLED

Saturday, October 26, 2019 to Sunday, October 27, 2019
Buffalo Point Campground
Part of the Buffalo National River
Near Yellville, AR  
Houston Winbigler
Registration is not Required
Members pay for their own charges

Latest information as of Sunday 10/29 from Mary Finley

Some have been confused when we said that we were paying for a shuttle service.  NO, we are not camping on the river.  We are staying at Buffalo Point National Campground.  We are having Dirst Canoe Rental shuttle our vehicles to save time as the two days of shuttling are time consuming and lengthy.



The current registration count is 13 but I have been told there 4 more coming.  Please, please register so will have a head count and know who to keep an eye out for. Houston will not be making this trip, but we have several who are very familiar with this section and done it many more times than I have.  If you need to reach me, please email me at  I will be leaving early Friday morning.  I do not Bluetooth, talk or text while driving.  If you need to contact me Friday or any day of the trip, please text me.  My prepaid traveling cell in 901-604-1149.  Before Friday, email is best but you can call my home # 901-373-4864.


The following link is to the ACA Waiver.  If possible, please print, fill it out and bring it with you along with $5 if you are not an ACA Member.  I will have blank forms with me and if you need one. Also, please see me Friday to fill out a form or give me yours in order to save time Saturday. Please add an emergency contact name and number to your form.  I have links below to both an Adult and Minor waiver.  I don’t think that we have any minors coming.  Please, we may act like children, ie minors, but do fill out the adult waiver…lol   

2019 Adult Waiver

2019 Minor Waiver


We need to have the vehicles at Dirst Canoe Rental, 558 Hwy 268 E. Yellville, AR. By 8:30am Saturday.   

At that time, we will pay $25 per car and give them our spare key.  After this is completed, we will all drive to the Maumee put in, unload and park our vehicles. Dirst will take our vehicles to their business location for Sat.  They will bring them to Rush on Sunday so that they will be there when we compete our paddle from Buffalo Point to Rush on Sunday.


  • Saturday, we will paddle from Maumee to Buffalo Point and overnight back at our camp sites.
  • Sunday, we will put on at Buffalo point at 8:30am and paddle to Rush.


Most of us are staying in Loop B.  I am in B23.  Some boat combining, putting boats on others vehicles, Friday afternoon/evening to share the cost of the shuttle.  Please do this Friday so that time will not be taken doing this Sat morning unless you want to get up early, early.  Remember, we NEED to be at Dirst by 8:30am Sat morning.  It’s just a short distance from the campground entrance to Dirst.


Dirst Canoe Rentals  

558 Hwy 268 E. Yellville, AR 72687

800-537-2850 or 870-449-6636


Of course, as always, bring food and something to drink as we will stop for lunch on the river both days.  Also, polypro or wool as the weather and water will be chilly.  Always pack a second set of clothes for each day.

Original Event Posting

We believe that the weather should be “fall cool” and the water flowing at this time.  The fall colors should be great. The plan is to arrive at Buffalo Point Campground on Friday and meet at Wild Bill’s Outfitter (23 Hwy. 268 Yellville, AR 72687) on Sat morning for shuttling boats to Maumee, leaving our vehicles at Wild Bill’s. 


We will paddle to Buffalo Point on Saturday and paddle to Rush Sunday.  Wild Bill’s will have our cars at Rush on Sunday. Depending on the number of cars for this adventure the cost of the shuttle can go down or we may elect to do our own shuttle.  Yes, there will still be electricity and water hookups. Some campgrounds shut these off late in the fall.

To get to the campground, go North on 14 from Harriet, AR and turn right on 268. 

Houston has volunteered to make reservations for folks using his discount as long as of course he is reimbursed.  

If want to get the 62 or older National Park Pass, you can get a pass at the Buffalo Point Ranger station.

We will possibly put boats on as many vehicles, as necessary, and drive to the put in Sat morning in Maumee.   Dirst Outfitters will these drive these vehicles them to their parking lot to safely keep them overnight then move them to Rush Sunday morning for less than $35 per vehicle, possibly $25 depending on number of vehicles we have.

Also, please bring food and something to drink on the water and wear polypro or wool clothes with spare clothes the same.  The water will be colder this time of year.

Houston said that he talked to the Park person who said a tent could stay with a camper if the tenter did not take up extra parking places. She said our spot could easily hold a small pop up and two cars.

That’s all I know except if I use my old Yak stackers instead of the cradles, I could carry 4 yaks saving a couple of people the cost of a shuttle.

Camping information for Buffalo Point is 1-877-444-6777.  Most of us are in Loop B.


National Wild and Scenic River

Buffalo Point is the only campground in the park that has water and electric (30/50 amp) hookups for RVs. Individual sites can be reserved 3 days to 6 months in advance. Loops A, C, D, E, and the walk-in tent sites are closed November 15 through March 14. Loop B campsites remain open for primitive camping (no flush restrooms or electricity) throughout the winter when fees are not charged.

Between March 15 and November 14 all campsites in Loops B, C, D, walk-in tent sites A - E, five group sites, and three day use picnic pavilions may be reserved in advance at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

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