Upper Buffalo River Topo Maps with GPS Notes  (1. Boxley Gauge) (2. Ponca Gauge) (3. Pruitt Gauge)

1. Hailstone Source* 2. Hailstone 2* 3. Hailstone 3*
4. Boxley Valley South* 5. Boxley Valley North to Steel Creek 6. Kyles Landing Area
7. Erbie to Ozark 8. Ozark to Gray Bluff
*Note that the first 4 maps above apply to areas of the Buffalo National River that should be only floated by expert floaters. These stretches are only rarely floatable, but when they are they challenge the most expert floaters. Not only is the river violent, the areas are quire remote and difficult to access, making emergency rescue efforts difficult.

Novice and average floaters should not attempt these stretches. Consult your floating outfitters for details.

Middle Buffalo River Topo Maps with GPS Notes   (4. St. Joe Gauge)

9. Hasty to Gene Rush 10. East Gene Rush to Mt. Hersey 11. Woolham Area (Richland Creek)
12. White Bluff to Tyler Bend 13. Grinders Ferry and Gilbert

Lower Buffalo River Topo Maps with GPS Notes     (5. Harriet Gauge)

14, Maumee Area 15. Spring Creek and Dillard's Ferry 16. Buffalo Point and Rush Landing
17. Lower Buffalo and Leatherwood Wilderness Areas #1 18. Lower Buffalo and Leatherwood Wilderness Areas to Buffalo City

Buffalo National River Topo Maps with GPS Notes

The maps below cover the entire Buffalo National River from the source south of Ponca to the confluence with the White River in Buffalo City.

These maps are in order from left to right, and from top to bottom. The GPS notations identify the locations of landmark bluffs, trailheads, and access points on the river. They should be useful to both hikers and floaters.

Note that all river maps change over time due to floods. Expect the gravel bars and water level features to change somewhat. Bluffs and the location of river-based attractions do not change much.

The information below is organized from left to right, and from top to bottom. The maps are listed from west to east (1-18), the 5 river level gauges listed after the river district divisions cover those divisions and the maps below them (also numbered 1-5, west to east). .

Canoeing the Buffalo in October
Buffalo River Chamber of Commerce

Buffalo National River Area Upriver to Downriver or West to East


River Levels and Corresponding Floating Conditions Per
Buffalo National River, National Park Service

Access & Corresponding River Gauge Very Low Low but Floatable Ample Water for Floating Experienced Floaters Only Flood Stage, River Closed
Gauge #2 -- Ponca
Ponca/Steel Creek Launches Below 2.0" 2.0' to 2.4' 2.5' to 4.9' 5.0' to 6.0' Over 6.0'
Gauge #3 -- Pruitt
Highway 7 Bridge/Pruitt Launch Below 4.4' 4.4' to 4.7' 4.8' to 6.6' 6.7' to 8.0' Over 8.0'
Gauge #4 -- St. Joe
Grinder's Ferry/Tyler Bend Launch Below 3.6' 3.6' to 4.5' 4.6' to 8.5' 8.6' to 12.5' Over 12.5'
Gauge #5  -- Harriet
Dillard's Ferry/Buffalo Point Launch Below 2.0' 2.0' to 3.4' 3.5' to 5.9' 6.0' to 10.0' Over 10.0'
Note that the numbering system is consistent through this page. This allows you to relate the maps to the gauges and the current floating levels.