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Me and a buddy take a backpacking/camping/canoeing trip in the spring or fall every year. For 2017, we are wanting to take a canoeing trip in Arkansas.

The last canoeing trip we took was a 60 mile/3 day trip on a remote stretch of the Neches River in East Texas. We don't mind some rapids, but as we're in a basic open canoe with our gear it can't get too crazy.

Anybody recommend a stretch of river for spring or fall?

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The obvious choice is the Buffalo River. It is magnificent but has Wild and Scenic River status so does not appeal to everyone. There are some regulations that go with running it.
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The obvious choice is the Buffalo River. It is magnificent but has Wild and Scenic River status so does not appeal to everyone. There are some regulations that go with running it.
Buffalo is one of the rivers we were looking at! Do you have to stay in designated camp sites or are you free to camp anywhere? Any firewood restrictions?
 
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I have also canoed the Buffalo. Definitely recommend it.
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Richard,
Do you need fire pans and portable toilets now? There are no designated camp spots are there? Fire restrictions depend on the year and the season.
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The Buffalo and the Mulberry are my two favorites.
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For a spring time trip, paddle the Buffalo. However, depending on weather it can be low in the fall and you are probably restricted to the lower part of the river. If water levels are low, look at the Current River in Missouri. Very similar topography, but the Current River is spring fed and generally has better flow in the fall. Both are great trips.
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Buffalo if water is right makes a nice two day trip!

We camped half way then took the canoes up to Ponca bridge and rode down to he camp grounds.

Second day was from there through the lower Buffalo.

Third day was usually the upper a second time, but we voted on it so that varied!

Canoes carried day gear and food and made for a fun trip!

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I appreciate the feedback! Sounds like a lot of votes for the Buffalo, which leads me to ask... Is it crowded?
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My first trip on the Buffalo was in 1970 so it has been a decades long love affair.

Can be crowded, Spring Break weeks, especially. As others have mentioned, have to check water levels on the upper part, but that is the best scenery, bluffs, and side trips (hikes).

You don't have to camp in designated campgrounds, and camping out on the river is the best. If you can time the trip to do it in the during the week rather than weekends that is best to avoid the crowds.

https://www.nps.gov/buff/index.htm

http://buffaloriver.org/

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In Mo. Hit These Rivers ~ https://www.nps.gov/ozar/index.htm
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Several of us took a canoe trip down the Green river (started at Green River, UT) into Canyonlands NP a few years back. Awesome experience. Outside your Arkansas area but would definitely recommend for a trip in the Western States.
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