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The Buffalo National River The Buffalo National River begins as a trickle in the Boston Mountains, where it flows north and then  Eastward through the Ozark Mountains until it merges 150 miles later with the White River at Buffalo City The upper Buffalo National River offers the river’s finest scenic beauty. With its massive, towering bluffs, countless  waterfalls, watchable wildlife, ties to both historic and prehistoric cultures, and remote, unspoiled location, the upper  Buffalo River wilderness is surely mid-America’s finest outdoor destination.  In fact, the entire river is such a special place that in 1972, Congress designated it as America’s first national river.  This unique status protects the Buffalo from commercial or residential development, along with other destructive  operations such as damming and gravel mining, thus preserving its scenic beauty and natural wild state forever. Floating Season The floating season on the upper Buffalo (Ponca to Pruitt) is March through June, with early July floating a possibility  on occasion. 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. (Hiking , however, is great year-round, as is trail   riding !)  SPECIAL NOTE: As a river preservation measure, the National Park Service limits the number of rental boats that  can be launched on any given day.  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 May weekend, which is the upper Buffalo’s  most popular floating month. River Levels & Safety The Buffalo National River is rated Class I & II, meaning that it is typically suitable for paddlers of most any age and  skill level (see Young Children note below). Floating is generally done in canoes, with rafting and kayaking possible 
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