Buffalo National River Level
St. Joe, AR

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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 is the heart of the Middle River area. Here the river widens noticeably, and it is transformed to year round floating. This area and all areas dowriver are ideal for novice floaters. There are many gravel bars and pullouts for camping or just a break from floating.

Fishing continues to improve. The Buffalo National River is considered a Blue Ribbon Smallmouth River, a designation reserved for the finest fishing rivers.
Fishing the Buffalo at Grinder's Ferry

  Middle Buffalo River Topo Maps with GPS Notes

Woolham Area (Richland Creek) White Bluff to Tyler Bend Grinders Ferry and Gilbert

  Lower Buffalo River Topo Maps with GPS Notes

Maumee Area Spring Creek and Dillard's Ferry Buffalo Point and Rush Landing

Useful River Topo Maps with GPS for Floats in the Grinder's Ferry / Tyler Bend 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.