Buffalo River Nature Kayak Tour

Upcoming Dates:

Our kayak tours have concluded for 2016 – join us in 2017!


General Admission: $40
Explorer Pass Holders; $35
Student Admission: $35

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The Buffalo River has rapidly transformed in recent decades from an industrial river to a natural landscape. Wildlife and vegetation have quickly returned to the river’s banks as industry has left, providing for a scenic kayak tour as the industrial remnants contrast with the returning greenery and animals. Join us for this unique experience to learn more about and see in person the river’s transformation. The evening hours of this tour will provide the best opportunity to see wildlife along the river.

This tour of the Buffalo River is provided in partnership with Elevator Alley Kayak, who will provide the kayaks for this urban adventure tour. Be sure to bring your camera for the many terrific photo opportunities on this guided kayak tour!

Important Information:

  • This tour is approximately two and a half hours in length, including time at the beginning of the tour to review basic kayaking technique and launch the kayaks.
  • Tour participants must be able to kayak approximately four miles, from Mutual Riverfront Park to Canalside and back.
  • Reservations are required for this tour as a limited number of kayaks are available.
  • The minimum age for this tour is 14 years old.
  • Cameras are encouraged but please note that there is a good chance they may get wet!

Footwear: Avoid shoes that have laces or straps that could get tangled in the foot rests of your kayak. Sandals and water shoes that fasten securely are your best option. Water shoes from brands like Columbia Sportswear and Teva also have drainage ports to expel water and dry quickly. In colder water, wool or fleece socks can be worn in addition to your shoes for increased warmth (avoid cotton socks). Wool socks are generally warmer, but fleece socks dry more quickly.

Headgear: No helmet is required but you will want to bring a hat to shield you from the sun along with sunglasses (polarized are better) to reduce the glare. You’ll also want a strap to prevent accidents.

Other clothing: Long sleeve shirt and pants with UV protection and wicking type material are best – avoid cotton and other absorbent fabrics. Wool is great for cold weather.

Other accessories: A dry bag to protect your valuables from getting wet is highly recommended. You won’t fall in but you will get splashed. Ziplock bags work as a cheap alternative. Sunscreen is one of the most important things to bring; waterproof sunscreen is best.

Weather cancellation: The tour will proceed with light rain; in the event of heavy rain or more serious weather, the tour will be canceled and you may either transfer your reservation to a different date or have your payment refunded.