Designated Campgrounds

Along the banks of the beautiful Buffalo National River there are numerous campgrounds maintained by the National Park Service. These designated campgrounds have varying levels of amenities, such as bathrooms, showers, drinking water, trash services, RV spots, etc.

Below is a table of some of the most commonly needed amenities available at each designated campground. Some of the campgrounds charge per-night fees, which are subject to change according to the group size and type of camping spot needed. If you have any questions regarding designated campgrounds, call the Tyler Bend Visitor Center at (870) 439-2502.

 Campground Flush
Toilets
Vault
Toilets
Water Fee  Showers
 Steel Creek  Yes No Yes $20 No
 Kyle's Landing  Yes Yes Yes $20 No
 Erbie No Yes No No No
 Ozark Yes No Yes $20 No
 Carver No Yes Yes $16 Yes
 Tyler Bend Yes Yes Yes $20 No
 Buffalo Point Yes Yes Yes $30 Yes
 Spring Creek No Yes No No No
 Rush No Yes Yes $16 No

Important Things to Know about Designated Campgrounds

  • When in a campground mainted by the National Park Service, please observe the Leave No Trace principles. Keep trash confined to trash receptacles if available, or in the Park-required mesh trash bags if not. Do not dig fire pits or make fire rings. Keep fires in designated areas if available, or make small campfires and scatter the remains if not.
  • Remember when you are in a designated campground that there will be people around you and using the facilities if available. Please be respectful and courteous and if there are any questions or concerns that arise call the park dispatch at (888) 692-1162. If there is an emergency, call 911. All campgrounds observe quiet hours from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. Fireworks are not permitted anywhere in the Park.
  • Some campgrounds that require fees will have self-pay stations and some will have manned fee stations. In either case, it is safest to bring exact amounts of cash to pay for your campsite. The maximum capacity per campsite is six people. Checkout time for paid campsites is noon.
  • Use lantern hangers if available. Do not drive nails or stakes into trees or stumps.
  • Keep your pets on a leash at all times, and please clean up after them.

If you prefer to really rough it, visit our Primitive Camping page for more information.

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Water Levels

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  • moderate
  • low
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  • Very Low: The river is dry in places.
  • Low: Water is low but floatable. The river moves slowly and many rocks are exposed.
  • Moderate: Ample water for floating. The river moves at an average of 2 mph, allowing canoes to float over most rocks.
  • High: For experienced floaters only. The river flows swiftly and compromising situations may occur. Canoeing experience on swift moving rivers is necessary. All canoeists must possess good river canoeing skills and must be familiar with rescue procedures.
  • Flood Level: The river flows outside its normal banks. Flood waters move quickly and carry debris. River conditions are hazardous even for highly skilled canoeists.