|Boxley to Ponca
||This is a very short seasonal float, sometimes added to this trip. Beautiful, but not reliable for floating at any time of the year.
|Ponca Low Water Bridge
||The beginning for all the major floats on the Upper Buffalo River.
||The river takes a hard right here on left then shoal to right followed by large gravel bar on left, that is a good campsite.
||Just downstream of 100 yard rock garden.
|Upper Steel Creek access
||Upper Streel Creek access on right at top of shoal is rarely used.
||Wrectking Rock is mid-stream. Be altert!
||On the left, it is the longest bluff on the Buffalo River and one of the most beautiful.
|Steel Creek Access
||On right with campground. Buildings are visible to the right above Steel Creek which enters on right just downstream. Bathrooms within walking distance.
||On the right.
|| The highest bluff (over 500 ft.) and one of the most magnificent bluffs to be found anywhere. Opposite big bluff is a good camping gravel bar. The goat trail is a ledge, which extends the length of Big Bluff, 350 ft. above the river.
|| On the left with large overhang has smooth rock with easy access from river for picnicking.
||On the left marks beginning of Horseshoe Bend. just downstream is Suck Hole where about.25% of the low water flow on the Buffalo runs underground shortcutting Horseshoe Bend. 1.5 mile access to Hemmed-in-Hollow is here but we recommended much easier access at mile 7.5.
||On the left is a narrow dead-end canyon extending north. The approach is recognized by a low flat rock ledge along the right river bank. .5 miles up canyon path is a beautiful 200 ft. waterfall, the highest in the Ozarks.
|Fish Trap Hole
||Just downstream is stone ruins of a cabin. The underground flow from Suck Hole returns to the river at this point. Then, downstream is a 60 yd. rock garden with nice camping on left up high and a good gravel bar on the right bank.
||Has an S-shaped shoal.
|Bear Creek Hollow
||Take the spectacular walk up a winding creek with cascading waterfalls filled with moss and ferns on left. Popular with photographers.
||Just where the south running Buffalo River turns back to the north, Indian Creek enters the Buffalo behind a gravel bar and is easy to miss. Acclaimed by many to be the most picturesque area in the entire Ozark Mountain Region. It is a narrow twisting canyon with caves, waterfalls and underground tunnels. Dangerous hiking, don't go alone. Caves are closed to protect bats.
|Gray Rock Shoal
||Commonly referred to as The Haystacks consists of 200 yds. of high cresting white caps and waves which is a thrill to go through as you approach Gray Rock.
||The infamous Gray Rock which has caused many canoes to capsize, usually in a harmless fashion. In any event, canoeists who have already been by the rock which juts into the river course from the left, usually stop to enjoy the spectacle of their successors and their success or lack of. If you bear to the right and hug the inside curve of the right hand bend, no difficulty should arise.
||A major access and very popular, secluded primitive campground on right utilized by Lost Valley Canoe. Kyles is an excellent stopover on a two-day float or a perfect take-out for a one-day float. Road to Kyle's is somewhat rugged and is not recommended for RVs or buses. Lost Valley Canoe is fully equipped to provide shuttle service of any kind into Kyle's Landing. Kyles is arguably the hub of the Ponca Wilderness.