sidebar menu icon


BUFFALO CREEK (Wichita County). Buffalo Creek, formerly called Buffalo Head Creek, rises in North and South forks three miles west of Iowa Park in northwest central Wichita County (at 33°58' N, 98°44' W). The South Fork rises near Electra (at 34°01' N, 98°55' W) and runs southeast for ten miles to join the North Fork. The North Fork rises three miles northeast of Electra (at 34°02' N, 98°52' W) and runs southeast for nine miles before joining the South Fork. In 1964 the North Fork was impounded by the construction of the North Fork of Buffalo Creek Reservoir just over a mile from its juncture with the South Fork (at 35°59' N, 98°45' W). The consolidated Buffalo Creek runs southeast for nine miles to its mouth on the Wichita River, two miles southeast of Iowa Park (at 33°55' N, 98°39' W). It crosses flat terrain with locally shallow depressions, surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, "Buffalo Creek (Wichita County)," accessed October 24, 2017,

Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.