Canoeing & Fishing
If you are planning a float trip, you have several options. The Buffalo National River is mid-America’s premier float stream and only minutes away. There are a number of outfitters nearby and you can select from several day floats that range from 1.5 to 10 miles. The closest access point is Spring Creek Access, approx. 7 miles from the cabin. Other nearby access points are Highway 14 Bridge (a/k/a Dillard's Ferry), Maumee (North or South), Buffalo Point and Rush.
If you want to relax and swim, check out Buffalo Point Campground which is 10 miles away. This is the oldest park on the river and has restrooms, change areas and showers. There is a swim beach and also areas to picnic or hike. To get there, go back to Highway 14 and turn right (north), cross the Highway 14 Bridge over the Buffalo and at the top of the hill, you will see the sign for Buffalo Point. You can also rent inner tubes and float from the Highway 14 Bridge down to Buffalo Point. One of the local outfitters will be happy to accommodate you.
RECOMMENDED LOWER BUFFALO RIVER FLOAT TRIPS
From To Miles Est. Time*
Highway 14/Dillard’s Ferry Buffalo Point 1.5 1 Hour**
Spring Creek Highway 14/Dillard’s Ferry 4.5 3 Hours
N. Maumee Highway 14/Dillard’s Ferry 10 5.5 Hours
S. Maumee Highway 14/Dillard’s Ferry 9 5 Hours
Highway 14/Dillard’s Ferry Rush 9 5 Hours
* Float times vary depending on water levels
** Try this float in inner tubes.
If you want to catch a trophy smallmouth bass, you can head up to Yellville to fish Crooked Creek, one of the very best smallmouth bass streams in the country. From the cabin, Yellville is 25 miles away. A few miles past Yellville is the legendary White River, which has some of the best trout fishing to be found anywhere. The cool tailwaters of the White River offer a refreshing break on hot summer days. Historic Cotter, Arkansas is worth the visit. Both the restored Cotter Bridge and Cotter Springs are well worth the short drive. And the trout fishing is amazing!
For the more adventurous, you can ride a horse or hike down to Big Creek in the Lower Buffalo River Wilderness Area. Big Creek is the second largest tributary to the Buffalo River and a beautiful Ozark stream where you can fish, swim or just explore the area. From the cabin, it's a little over one mile to the boundary with National Park Service property. To get there, either walk, ride a horse, or drive past the cabin approx. 1/4 mile to Big Creek Road, turn right and go approx. one mile to the boundary with the Buffalo National River (you will see great views of the Buffalo River and find a place to park where the road ends). From there, walk down the old road to a cable . At the cable, "tilting rock" is straight in front of you -- walk out on it and find out why it's called "tilting rock." Stay on the trail and it will take you down to Big Creek and into the Lower Buffalo River Wilderness Area.