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Middle River Campgrounds
Quick Guide to Middle River Buffalo National River Campgrounds (from West to East)    

For reservations (877) 444-6777 or on line at www.recreation.gov .

Carver Campground GPS   35.9843, -93.04181
Fees: $10 a night walk-in tent camping.  Free from mid-November to mid-March.

For reservations and information (877) 444-6777 or on line at www.recreation.gov

The Carver Campground is the smallest campgrounds in the Buffalo National River park.
It features 8 walk-in tent sites, first come, first serve, tent camping sites. 6 person maximum per site

Review: The Carver Campground is small. It begins the Middle River area. Carver is close to the Gene Rush WMA that offers hiking trails and hunting. By this point in the Buffalo River, the river is year round, and the quality of fishing is better. Just upstream from Carver are deep holes noted as good smallmouth bass. There is an elk herd in the area, often seen in the Gene Rush WMA, typically mornings and evenings.



Tyler Bend Campground  GPS 35.97074, -92.74595
Fees: $12 a night walk-in tent camping, 5 group camping sites $33 per day, or $3 per person (minimum 10, maximum 25 per site).  Fees charged year round.

For reservations and information (877) 444-6777 or on line at www.recreation.gov

The Tyler Bend Campground is the second largest campground in the Buffalo National River.
It features 1 walk-in tent sites, 5 group camping sites, 28 drive-in sites for RVs or campers.

Walk-in tent camping offers 10 first come, first serve, tent camping sites.

1 pavilion $53 a day (by reservation only), free from mid-November to mid-March.

For group camping, there are 5 tent camping sites (by reservation only). Groups sites require a minimum of 10 campers to a maximum of 25 per group site.


Review: The Tyler Bend Visitor Center is large and offers quite a range of programs and exhibits, including a theater for educational programs. Exhibits range from archeology, to natural history, and geology. It has a store. There are hiking trails and a swimming beach. The large campground for RVs, tent camping and group camping is very popular. By this point the Buffalo River has become a wide, year round river and resembles the upper river area very little. The Tyler Bend Visitor Center includes the Collier Homestead. 


Middle River NPS Campgrounds
Seasonal Notes & Events:

Spring Wildflowers begin in
March through May with strong
blooms of many different
species in secluded canyons
and along hiking trails.

September & October are the
peak months for the elk rut. See
big herd bulls and the
occasional elk fight. Hear them
bugle in Gene Rush WMA,
especially mornings and
evenings.


Bald Eagle, Buffalo National River
BNR Campgrounds from Upper River to Lower River (west to east)  || Ponca Area || Jasper Area || Middle River || Lower River ||
Bald Eagles Winter at Buffalo National River