Floating 101…Staying Afloat this Year on the Buffalo National River

Floating 101…Staying Afloat this Year on the Buffalo National River

Arkansas Cycling & Fitness.

The floating season is approaching, and the Buffalo National River Partnership wants to help you have a safe and fun float trip on the Buffalo. To achieve this, they are offering a refresher course with the do’s and don’ts of floating on the river.

Faron Usrey, a former Resource Manager for Buffalo National River and current science professor at North Arkansas College is conducting an educational program on floating basics. This program aims to prepare individuals for canoeing or kayaking the Buffalo River. Faron is passionate about canoeing and has explored many beautiful places, with the Lower Buffalo River Wilderness and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota being his favorite canoe destinations. The program will cover various topics such as basic regulations and rules to follow while floating on Buffalo River, steps for planning a float trip, basic safety precautions to take, floating checklist items to consider for a day or overnight trip, and some floating basics to get you started.

Floating the Buffalo National River.
Floating the Buffalo National River.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. We invite you to attend our presentation either in person or virtually. To make it more accessible, we will be streaming the presentation online. If you are interested in watching it virtually, please send an email to Rodney Arnold and he will share the link with you.  He may be contacted at rodney.arnold@northark.edu. Admission is free to the public.


The mission of Buffalo National River Partners (BNRP) is to support the goals and purposes of the Buffalo National River. The organization provides financial resources, advocacy, technical assistance, and volunteers to the park to help preserve its unique cultural features, educate visitors, and enhance facilities to assist in fulfilling the purpose of Buffalo National River, which is to conserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of the park.

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(All photos by Will Newton, courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.)

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