(I moved this to it's own thread, so as to not hijack another thread)
Man, I hate to hear these stories. There are lot's of places you have to make reservations a year in advance to get into, and won't ever be able to get back now.
I know it's a little off-topic and won't help the OP any, but is reflective of the situation.
I received an email yesterday from Harrison, Arkansas Tourism, which I signed up for newsletters several years ago. The email was titled "Buffalo River Shutdown Blues" and gave tips on other things to do and places to visit in the area since the Buffalo River was closed.
It never occurred to me that the Buffalo River, would/could close.........but it is a designated national river......and is closed.