Northwest Arkansas

Another Fantastic Kayak Trip on the Buffalo River

Ride 115 - Tarpon 100
It was a picture perfect day on Friday, May 24th.  My son and I made the 1.5 hour drive from our home to our launching point - the Ponca low-water bridge.  We have our own sit-on-top kayaks, but you can rent kayaks, canoes, and rafts from a number of local concessionaires.  We really like the folks at Lost Valley Canoe - we have used them several times to drive our truck down to our take-out point at Kyles Landing.  Very convenient and saves you an hour and gas shuttling a second vehicle.
Unfortunately without some additional rain, the floating season will be ending soon.  The water was already very shallow in 4 or 5 spots along our float.

Name Tags for Kayaks and Canoes

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Last weekend I was kayaking on the Buffalo River in Northwest Arkansas. The river was quite high and was running very fast (for the Buffalo).  On our 8+ mile run, I must have seen at least 20 kayaks and canoes that had either tipped over, capsized or gotten completely away from their owners. Fortunately I just got wet but it got me thinking about putting a name tag/plate on my kayak in case I was ever separated from it.  You can get a laser engraved name plate over at  They also make tags for your dry bags and your luggage too.  YourBagTag is owned by a family member.

Pigeon Roost Trail - A Hobbs State Park Gem


My relocation to Bentonville, Arkansas last summer rekindled my love for all things outdoors.  To help guide the exploration of my new home, I received a wonderful book for Christmas - "Arkansas Hiking Trails #3", written by TIm Ernst. It is a detailed guide to 78 selected trails in Arkansas.  With picture perfect weather for hiking (sunny, 65 degrees,and a light breeze), it was off to trail #56 - Pigeon Roost Trail.

Pigeon Roost is one of the many trails available in Hobbs State Park.  Hobbs is Arkansas's largest state park in land area, covering a 12,056-acre tract of diverse Ozark landscape along the southern shore of 28,370-acre Beaver Lake.  Pigeon Roost is a moderate hike with 4.2 and 8.4 mile loops.  I chose the 4.2 mile "Dry Creek" loop for my hike.  At about 1.9 miles, the trail opens to a beautiful view and direct access to one of the many fingers of Beaver lake.  The trail is well-maintained and a beautiful place to spend an afternoon hiking.