Buffalo National River Level
Ponca, AR

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'
This stretch of the Buffalo River cuts through the most mountainous area of the national park. Many rate the float between Ponca and Kyles Landing as the most scenic in all the Ozark.

Unfortunately floating is confined largely to spring and early summer, and possibly fall if it is a wet one. Floating in the upper river area hinges totally on wet weather, in contrast to the down river areas that may float year round.
Floating Downstream from Ponca Access

  Upper Buffalo River Topo Maps with GPS Notes

Boxley Valley South Boxley Valley North to Steel Creek Kyles Landing Area
Erbie to Ozark

Useful River Topo Maps with GPS for Floats in the Ponca & Steel Creek Landings Area

Note: Go to the Bufaflo 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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