Information on Buffalo R.
Location: North AR., Numerous put-ins and take outs are possible
in the 130 miles of river in the National Park.
Topo Quad(s): Boxley, Ponca, Jasper, Hasty, Mt. Judea, Eula, Western
Grove, Snowball, Marshal, Maumee, Cozahome, Big Flat,
Gradient: Boxley to Ponca: 20 fpm
Ponca to Kyle's Landing: 15 fpm
Rest of the river: less than 10 fpm
Length: about 130 spectacularly beautiful miles!
Season: ALL except very dry summer months
Gauge: Readings can be obtained by calling the Corps at
501-324-5150. Levels for several locations are given.
LINK BUFFALO NATIONAL R. GAUGES (UPDATED HOURLY)
LINK TO USGS GAUGE
Description: The Buffalo is the first U.S. National River. It is
exceedingly rich in history and beauty. A discussion of this
river is far beyond the scope of this humble document. Suffice
it to say that it would be difficult to find a more spectacular
river anywhere in the world. The whitewater is at its best
in the spring on the upper sections from Boxley to Kyle's
Landing. But the whitewater is not the primary reason to float
this river. The towering, multi-colored bluffs, the clear,
cool, green water, and the abundant wildlife (including some
imported elk) are the main attractions. See Tom Kennon's
guidebook "Ozark Whitewater" or one of the many books
written about the Buffalo for more information on this fantastic
river. If you catch the river at high water, check out the
good kayak play run from Boxley to Ponca. This stretch is
more challenging than the downstream sections, and it
is the only one you can run when the Park Service closes the
river due to high water.
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