Buffalo National River Level
Boxley, AR

The Boxley Gauge is the very first gauge on the Buffalo National River. It is relied upon by serious expert floaters to determine if the very upper Buffalo River, the "Hailstone" can be floated.

The "Hailstone" is reserved for only the very most expert floaters, and they never do it alone. It is a remote area with very difficult features, often requiring pullouts and advance scouting to reduce risks.

Floating for regular people begins with the Ponca and Steel Creek access points.  See the charts below from NPS.

Buffalo National River Area Upriver to Downriver or West to East


River Levels and Corresponding Floating Conditions (courtesy of NPS)

River Access Points & 
(River Gauge)
Very Low Low but Floatable Ample Water for Floating Experienced Floaters Only Flood Stage, River Closed
Ponca/Steel Creek Launches
(Ponca Gauge)
Below 2.0" 2.0' to 2.4' 2.5' to 4.9' 5.0' to 6.0' Over 6.0'
Highway 7 Bridge/Pruitt
(Pruitt Gauge)
Below 4.4' 4.4' to 4.7' 4.8' to 6.6' 6.7' to 8.0' Over 8.0'
Grinder's Ferry/Tyler Bend
(St. Joe Gauge)
Below 3.6' 3.6' to 4.5' 4.6' to 8.5' 8.6' to 12.5' Over 12.5'
Dillard's Farry/Buffalo Point
(Harriet Gauge)
Below 2.0' 2.0' to 3.4' 3.5' to 5.9' 6.0' to 10.0' Over 10.0'

  Upper Buffalo River Topo Maps with GPS Notes

Hailstone Source Hailstone 2 Hailstone 3
Boxley Valley South Boxley Valley North to Steel Creek Kyles Landing Area
Erbie to Ozark    
Note: Go to the Buffalo River Maps page for a complete directory of printable topographical maps with GPS annotations from the source of the Buffalo National River to its confluence with the White River.

The gauge below is updated continuously. Hit refresh on your browser to update the display. Courtesy of USGS.  

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Late Fall on the Hailstone, Upper Buffalo Wilderness