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Getting There & Away

You have to drive to get here; Tyler Bend and towns like Ponca and Jasper make natural jumping-off points. Access points to the water run along the length of the river, but note that you may well have to drive off of paved roads to reach a trailhead or launch area. The park service maintains a set of useful GPS coordinates at www.nps.gov/buff/planyourvisit/getting-around.htm, but your average smart phone navigation app will not always provide reliable trip guidance; make sure to buy a proper road map. The park service website and Tyler Bend Visitor Center are useful resources.