Buffalo River Campground - Camp, Canoe, Kayak, and Swim near Island Park, Idaho
Buffalo River Campground Rd, Island Park, ID 83429, USA,Island Park,Idaho
44.4282257, -111.3636582
0.5 miles NE of Island Park, Idaho
Address: Buffalo River Campground Rd, Island Park, ID 83429, USA
GPS: 44°25'41.6"N 111°21'49.2"W
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State: Idaho
Trails/Routes: 0.9 mi

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Camp, Canoe, Kayak, and Swim

The float here is nice and easy. It's a great early season float. Later in the season the shallow spots will force you to walk a good chunk of the float. The water is super clear and often pretty warm (for a river). The current is often slow enough you can float down in your canoe or kayak and then paddle back up.

Buffalo Campground is located 26 miles south of West Yellowstone, Montana in beautiful Island Park, Idaho along the banks of the Buffalo River at an elevation of 6,200 feet. A mixed growth pine forest provides partial shade; aspens dot the landscape, and summer wildflowers are abundant. The Buffalo River has good brook and rainbow trout fishing. Wildlife can be frequently spotted throughout the area. Buffalo Campground boasts 117 single units, 4 double units, and 1 group site. It has some power hook-ups and is a good fishing spot.Courtesy of fs.usda.gov
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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Island Park, Idaho

  1. Head north on US-20 E toward Buffalo River Campground Rd (0.2 mi)
  2. Turn right onto Buffalo River Campground Rd (0.4 mi)

The campground is easy to find just opposite Pond's Lodge. If you want to float, just follow the road all the way back to the left until you get to a parking area just off the river. There is a boardwalk all the way out to where you put-in.

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7/18/20 1:41 pm 7/11/20
I think we went at the perfect time. The mosquitoes weren't too bad. The river was high enough to keep even our canoe moving and the water was nice and warm (for a river). The float went a little fast for some of us so we paddled back upstream and came back down again. We even saw a blue heron land and take off along the shore.
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Floating the Buffalo River Island Park by MrStoddification
DAVE SCADDEN'S SUP BUFFALO RIVER by Dave Scadden Island Park buffalo river #2 October 2017 by Powder Pipeline transportation Buffalo River Island Park, Idaho by sgent5


Distance ?

0.9 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-4 feet

Real Ascent ?

31 feet

Real Descent ?

35 feet

Avg Grade (0°)


Grade (-3° to 3°)

-5% to 4%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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