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NewIberiaHaircut
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Buffalo River in March?

I'm considering planning a trip to The Buffalo River in March to do some canoeing and hiking. I'm thinking March because that will work with my kids Spring Break. Is March too early? Also any suggestions on good outfitters? It looks like there is plenty to choose from.


OTIS2
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re: Buffalo River in March?
It can be very cold, but the water level will likely be good.


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Shexter
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re: Buffalo River in March?
We went mid-April last year with the kids. The weather was perfect, but the water was a bit cold. Water levels were great for kayaking at that time of year. We used Buffalo Outdoor Center and kayaked from Ponca to Kyle's Landing in around 5 hours if I remember correctly. Zero complaints about using them as an outfitter.

We tent camped at Buffalo Point Campground. Woke up early, and drove to BOC outfitters. We gave them the car keys and hopped on a bus to the drop off point. They shuttled out car to the take out landing so that was super convenient.



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LSUfan20005
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re: Buffalo River in March?
Woods will look like winter but river could be great; depends entirely on rainfall.

The lack of crowds will be a win IMO.


NewIberiaHaircut
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Lafayette
Member since May 2013
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re: Buffalo River in March?
Responses to far have confirmed what I was thinking. Cold water but decent level. No green leaves in the woods but also no crowds. I would like to swim so I may push it back to summer and fight the crowds.


LSUfan20005
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re: Buffalo River in March?
March: No leaves, few ticks, no snakes. Decent water but can be cold and sometimes dangerous. Few crowds until Spring Break. First wildflowers and great views due to less canopy.

April: Great combo of the above. Awesome month. Avoid dangerous water if we’ve had big storms.

May: Water is often great and swimable. Ticks get bad near the river. Flowers are beautiful. College kids start emerging from hibernation and can ruin a section of the river.

June: If rain has been good all Spring, wonderful combo of air + water temps. Watch for snakes in narrow sections of the river. Ticks get horrible in early June, don’t go in grass near river. College crowds thin out. River is often not floatable by late June in many of the more desirable areas.

You can always float the White River and then hike the Buffalo of water is too low. Day 1: Float the White or Kings Rivers. Can’t swim the white, too cold. Day 2: Hike Buffalo around Goat Trail/Hemmed in Hollow. Swim at Jim Bluff.


NewIberiaHaircut
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re: Buffalo River in March?
Awesome info!


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