The Buffalo National River located in the northern part of Arkansas will travel over 130 miles through the wooded hillsides of Ozark Plateau in this state. Because of the extraordinary natural beauty that surrounds the area, the Buffalo is a very popular tourist place for nature enthusiasts who prefer to hiking, canoeing or kayaking. The success of canoe or kayak trips will often depend on the high of this river, because if it is too high you will risk running into dangerous objects which may be located on the surface of the water, and if it is too low, you may have to drag the boat.
1. Try to Access the official website of the National Park Service regarding information about the Buffalo River at: ar.water.usgs.gov/buffaloriver. This web page will be often updated by the Park Service with various details about the river among which you will also be able to find information which will detail the height of the river, that may range from flood-stage conditions to very low.
2. Try to zoom in to any particular area of the river and check out various checkpoint along the way. This should give you the opportunity to have a basic idea of the current height of the Buffalo River.
3. Check out for drop point on this river as well as for airspace at low water crossings when you will be reaching the Buffalo. Airspace if considered to be the distance between the crossing points and the water. Water is generally designed to flow under these crossings, so if the water will lap close to the top of the bridge, this will indicate high water conditions. If you find out that there is more than about two feet of space between the water and the bottom edge of the crossing, the levels of the water are definitely low and thus probably quite suitable for inexperienced paddlers.