Buffalo National River Camping Fees May Move Up

Officials at Arkansas’ Buffalo National River maintain numerous campgrounds throughout the park, according to KTHV.

They range from primitive with just vault toilets, no water and no designated sites to developed areas with electric and water hookups for RV camping. The park last raised camping fees in 2013 and will hold a public comment period about possible camping fee increases in 2019.

The park conducted a campground comparability study in the local area and based upon the study proposes to increase camping fees at the following locations:

  • Sites with water and electric at Buffalo Point Campground: from $22 to $30 a night for up to 6 people
  • All sites at Tyler Bend Campground and walk-in tent sites at Buffalo Point Campground: from $16 to $20 a night for up to 6 people
  • Primitive sites (without electricity or showers) at Steel Creek, Kyle’s Landing, Ozark, Carver, and Rush campgrounds: from $12 to $20 a night for up to 6 people (up to 4 stock animals at Steel Creek Horse Camp)
  • No changes are proposed for reserving pavilions; those fees would remain $25 at Ozark and $50 at Tyler Bend and Buffalo Point
  • The fee structure would be revised for group campsites at Buffalo Point and Tyler Bend: from $3 per person, per night to a flat rate of $50 per group per night (up to 25 people per site). This would represent an increase for some groups and a decrease for others, based on past use.
  • Other campgrounds would continue to allow free camping where no amenities are provided: Erbie, Woolum, South Maumee and Spring Creek.

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