LOW - The Buffalo River is low, paddling may be difficult, some areas may require portage.
MODERATE - The Buffalo River flow is adequate for paddling; some exposed obstacles may be encountered.
HIGH - The Buffalo River flows swiftly. Compromising situations may occur. Canoeing experience on swift moving rivers is necessary.
FLOOD STAGE - The Buffalo River flows outside its normal banks. Floodwaters move quickly and carry debris. Canoeing conditions are hazardous even for highly skilled canoeists. Concessions cannot put boats on the river in flood conditions.
River level readings indicate the condition of the river for recreation. These readings are taken at five locations along the river. Each reading is unique and pertains only to that area.