I know this sounds silly, but I was making a few calls to arrange for my groups first trip to the Buffalo river and one of the guys I spoke with said there are officers waiting and watching to give tickets for various reasons.( littering, smoking pot, etc.) This just sounded odd to me. I've been canoing for years and have never heard of this, not that we will be doing anything wrong it just seems weird to think of people watching you while your trying to have a good time. Does anybody have any insight to this or should I just forget he said anything?
--And we are camping at crazy horse if anyone has any extra info on this place it would be great!!
Post by brandywhitt on Jun 17, 2008 23:09:38 GMT -5
WEll I personally haven't been to buffalo river, but I know of people going, and I have heard of these same stories... But from what i gather is, that of that stuff goes on there so i heard they are trying to stop some of it... But also i heard it gets pretty wild there.. But like i said i haven't been.. We are planning on going sometime over the summer.. But we were just talking about this today and my sister in law said there are police in the trees and stuff..So good luck and have fun but be safe!!
Post by tallfeather on Jul 1, 2008 14:42:02 GMT -5
Just got back last week and saw nothing of the sorts. You can expect wilder crowds on the holiday weekends but tell me where you don't. I've paddled the Buffalo for years and have at times in my life been right there in the middle of the party mix. I can certainly say there seems to be a bigger effort to keep the river clean now, even those less interested in such. Of the entire 120 miles, I saw only two areas that I would consider excessively littered....Slink Shoals Campground and the areas surrounding Circle E Guest Ranch in Bastin Bend. Seems the folks trail riding don't mind throwing their beer cans just about anywhere. As for the police in trees....that has been rumored as long as people have floated that river. I've never seen it or talked to anyone who got a ticket from anyone other than the TWRA and they're not hiding in trees.
"In matters of style swim with the current, in matters of principle stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson
It's not 'police' - it is TWRA officers. I don't know if they are actually hiding in trees, but I personally know people who got tickets and/or had to appear in court for underage drinking, smoking marjuana (possesion) and littering. If you have a cooler full of drinks, you better have a garbage bag to put empties in cause they will check if they stop you. I'm glad they are trying to clean it up.. I don't mind the party crowd as long as they aren't disturbing everyone elses time on the river, btu the people who are too lazy to keepup with their garbage don't deserve to be there in the first place and deserve any ticket they get.
yeah well. we just went about 2 weeks ago. the officers are hiding, or they were when we went. me and a friend of mine got tickets for underage drinking and have court to go to. and people did get busted for smoking pot that same day. so be extra careful!
Post by cindy pendley on Oct 12, 2008 19:24:33 GMT -5
I've been canoeing the buffalo at flatwoods since 1983. When we first started making this trip, the river was relatively empty of other boats, Slink Shoals was owned by Mike Ashton (Buffalo River Canoe Rental) and was a lovely, quiet, uncrowded camping area. We never, ever saw any kind of police, sheriff dept, twra - no one.
It is a lot different now, to be sure. There are officers hiding in the woods along the river (I don't know about up in the trees, but they are definitely hiding behind the trees) ready to step out if they see you littering, smoking etc. The first time we encountered the officers was about 1994 or 95. They stepped out to stop someone who was smoking pot while floating down the river. There weren't many t hen, but they were there. It is a very different place now, slink shoals is RUINED (when buddy baldwin aka Buffalo Buds) bought the shoal it went downhill FAST. He was just out to make a buck and before long the place was very very VERY overcrowded, TRASHED (I've got pics) and well, just ruined. The campers are loud, rude and very very trashy (littering). The river is so crowded with boats that you pretty much play bumper-boats all the way down. The sheriffs dept just sits around Slink Shoals now, waiting and watching. They even bring dogs down there, I've seen them. My group doesn't go anywhere near Slink Shoals anymore, (except a quick drive through for old times) we found another quieter shoal to visit. It isn't that far, the river is not crowded and there are usually only 2 or 3 other campsites on the shady green grassy bottomland we camp on. It is perfect.
Post by firefighter38111 on Jun 17, 2009 11:29:41 GMT -5
I posted earlier in a post that my wife and I went this past Monday to the Buffalo. Previously it has been probably 8 years but I was an avid canoeist for several prior. I can’t fathom law enforcement in the trees. Pot smoking is illegal though. I am not against it. In the late seventies; my wife and I smoked enough for all of us but we started having kids and I work in the public sector hence drug screens. My wife and I certainly aren’t nudists but on occasions I/we do like to slip some clothes off. It’s our freedom as long as we don’t impose on any one else and are discreet; however it is illegal also. The beauty and serenity of the Buffalo requires neither Pot smoking, drinking Etoh or some nudity for its enjoyment. The biggest problem I see is what others have written about above me. Trash, Garbage, Litter or 1-800 you could care less about others. The Buffalo River is expendable. What we enjoy is being taken away by those who care little about their surroundings while on the river. If we picked up the litter we saw this last trip; we would need a barge not a 16 foot canoe to remove all. Have a blessed day dave
We went to the Buffalo the weekend before the 4th. It was extremely busy that weekend. But everything went well, for us anyway. I haven't heard of police on the river but that day we did see someone canoeing who was wearing an FBI hat. I didn't think a whole about that, but did wonder. He did seem to be a little overdressed for the day. We were also at Crazyhorse. Got off the river just before the storm hit. Last weekend we went to the Red River in Adams. Very nice river and not as crowded as the Buffalo was that weekend. Had a waterfall, and very high bluffs and caves. Water coming out of the cave was sooo cold.
I would like to know about other parts of the Buffalo. Are they as nice as where Crazyhorse puts you in or starts?
There are several put ins up river from crazy horse that are actually nicer nd not near as crowed. A couple of weekends ago we did 20 miles starting at Sickler Rd and taking out at Crazy Horse. The weekend before we put in off Natchez Trace and toe out at Sickler Rd for a 13 mile trip. there are plenty of access points for shorter trips on the upper part of the river, With a lot less people.