Buffalo National River Level
Pruitt, 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'
At Pruitt, the Buffalo National River leaves its most mountainous areas and begins the transition to what is termed the "middle river".

This area is relatively placid compare to the upstream areas. The framing bluffs are scenic and the fishing is better than points upstream.

This section of the river is still subject to seasonal floating, but not quite so much as areas upstream. This is a popular launch point for families seeking a more lesurely float.
Canoes at Hasty Cutoff, Just Downstream from Pruitt

  Middle Buffalo River Topo Maps with GPS Notes

Ozark to Gray Bluff Hasty to Gene Rush East Gene Rush to Mt. Hersey
Woolham Area (Richland Creek) White Bluff to Tyler Bend Grinders Ferry and Gilbert

Useful River Topo Maps with GPS for Floats in the Pruitt Landing 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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