Bull Creek (Missouri)

StateMissouri
RiverBull Creek
NotesThe Sunday 3 February 2013 edition of the Springfield News-Leader contained a front page article about Bull Creek. It mentioned a local who called the river "white-watery" at 600 cfs and "low and draggy" below 200 cfs (as measured from Walnut Shade).
  • Center Road to Red Bridge Rd: 2.83 mi
  • Red Bridge Road to Woods Fork Creek: 3.17 mi
  • Woods Fork to Dry Hollow Road: 2.5 mi
  • Dry Hollow Road to Goodnight Hollow: 3.72 mi
  • Goodnight Hollow to Walnut Shade: 7.2 mi
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Walnut Shade (07053810) Currently poor (6 cfs) and steady

Trips for Bull Creek (Missouri)

DateStartEndDistanceConditionGaugeDischargeHeightFishingDetails
Click for details2020-05-24 Woods Fork Dry Hollow Road Total trip distance: 8.7 miles2.5 Good Walnut Shade (07053810) 844 4.50 None NoneNone Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
The confluence of Woods Fork and Bull Creek was a tumultuous "whirlpool" (Julian's word). A thunderstorm blew up over the last mile of Woods Fork and it was still raining as we paddled this last stretch of Bull Creek.The confluence of Woods Fork and Bull Creek was a tumultuous USGS Gauge Data:
Walnut Shade (07053810)
Discharge: 844
Height: 4.50
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Walnut Shade (07053810)<br />Discharge: 844<br />Height: 4.50
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-05-01 Woods Fork Dry Hollow Road Total trip distance: 5.5 miles2.5 Good Walnut Shade (07053810) 582 3.89 None NoneNone Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
Once we reached the confluence with Bull Creek, the complexion of the stream changed from smallish creek to a fuller river. No snarls or obstructions were encountered though either. The water level was GREAT too, with very little paddling even needed to keep moving. We shouldn't hesitate to get on this section of the upper Bull when the discharge is reading 1000 CFS at the Walnut Shade gauge.Once we reached the confluence with Bull Creek, the complexion of the stream changed from smallish creek to a fuller river. No snarls or obstructions were encountered though either. The water level was GREAT too, with very little paddling even needed to keep moving. We shouldn't hesitate to get on this section of the upper Bull when the discharge is reading 1000 CFS at the Walnut Shade gauge. USGS Gauge Data:
Walnut Shade (07053810)
Discharge: 582
Height: 3.89
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Walnut Shade (07053810)<br />Discharge: 582<br />Height: 3.89
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2020-04-07 Goodnight Hollow Walnut Shade Total trip distance: 7.2 miles7.2 High Walnut Shade (07053810) 479 3.60 None NoneNone Ingram, Annabelle
Ingram, EJ
Ingram, Eric
Ingram, Isaac
Ingram, Shaundra
Fletcher, JJ
Fletcher, Jacey
Fletcher, Jack
Fletcher, Jaxson
Fletcher, John Luke
Fletcher, Joshua
Fletcher, Macey
Fletcher, Stacey
Ingram, Annabelle; Ingram, EJ; Ingram, Eric; Ingram, Isaac; Ingram, Shaundra; Fletcher, JJ; Fletcher, Jacey; Fletcher, Jack; Fletcher, Jaxson; Fletcher, John Luke; Fletcher, Joshua; Fletcher, Macey; Fletcher, Stacey
The CFS was 361 and Depth was 3.62. There were multiple spots where we had to get out and carry our kayaks around down trees. There were two bridges The first one has about a 3 ft drop and my kids decided to try out. My girl made it, but my boys flipped due to back current after going over it. The second bridge was fun but rough, as we rode through it and then there is a large limestone rock that has a 2 ft drop after. Nobody flipped on that one. There were several good rapids, which we would estimate at class 2-3.The CFS was 361 and Depth was 3.62. There were multiple spots where we had to get out and carry our kayaks around down trees. There were two bridges The first one has about a 3 ft drop and my kids decided to try out. My girl made it, but my boys flipped due to back current after going over it. The second bridge was fun but rough, as we rode through it and then there is a large limestone rock that has a 2 ft drop after. Nobody flipped on that one. There were several good rapids, which we would estimate at class 2-3. USGS Gauge Data:
Walnut Shade (07053810)
Discharge: 479
Height: 3.60
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Walnut Shade (07053810)<br />Discharge: 479<br />Height: 3.60
Source: IngramSource: Ingram
Click for details2020-01-27 Goodnight Hollow Walnut Shade Total trip distance: 7.2 miles7.2 Good Walnut Shade (07053810) 401 3.55 Poor RT
SMB
RT, SMB
Beauchamp, Zak
Guthrie, Chris
Beauchamp, Zak; Guthrie, Chris
Good float level for Bull Creek. After the first low water bridge, there were a bunch of trees down and we chose to portage around them. There weren't many other obstacles other than that. We only caught two fish just before Walnut Shade.Good float level for Bull Creek. After the first low water bridge, there were a bunch of trees down and we chose to portage around them. There weren't many other obstacles other than that. We only caught two fish just before Walnut Shade. USGS Gauge Data:
Walnut Shade (07053810)
Discharge: 401
Height: 3.55
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Walnut Shade (07053810)<br />Discharge: 401<br />Height: 3.55
Source: GuthrieSource: Guthrie
Click for details2018-12-16 Goodnight Hollow Walnut Shade Total trip distance: 7.2 miles7.2 Good Walnut Shade (07053810) 361 3.92 None NoneNone Bartlett, Renee
Van Someren, Tom
Bartlett, Renee; Van Someren, Tom
Despite the water level being 130 cfs higher than we've ever floated Bull Creek before, there *STILL* were several spots where the kayaks dragged over gravel bar-ish areas. Previously I felt a little cautious about doing this stream the closer the cfs climbed toward 600 (our current "High" limit setting). But now I'm thinking 550-600 would be a great flow rate to look for in a day trip. Whenever were able to try it at that flow rate we'll no doubt need to raise the "High" limit spec. Didn't see but a single fish in the stream the entire way.Despite the water level being 130 cfs higher than we've ever floated Bull Creek before, there *STILL* were several spots where the kayaks dragged over gravel bar-ish areas. Previously I felt a little cautious about doing this stream the closer the cfs climbed toward 600 (our current USGS Gauge Data:
Walnut Shade (07053810)
Discharge: 361
Height: 3.92
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Walnut Shade (07053810)<br />Discharge: 361<br />Height: 3.92
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2018-04-29 Goodnight Hollow Walnut Shade Total trip distance: 7.2 miles7.2 Good Walnut Shade (07053810) 306 3.84 Poor NoneNone Edmond, Brian
Larsen, Chris
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Williams, Sarah
Edmond, Brian; Larsen, Chris; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom; Williams, Sarah
We encountered a few portage obstacles from flooding damage last year. Some places were tricky because the water was low enough for exposed bedrock and some other obstacles. We decided this water level was probably the minimum for a comfortable "Good" float for this river.We encountered a few portage obstacles from flooding damage last year. Some places were tricky because the water was low enough for exposed bedrock and some other obstacles. We decided this water level was probably the minimum for a comfortable USGS Gauge Data:
Walnut Shade (07053810)
Discharge: 306
Height: 3.84
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Walnut Shade (07053810)<br />Discharge: 306<br />Height: 3.84
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2018-09-01 Goodnight Hollow Walnut Shade Total trip distance: 7.2 miles7.2 Good Walnut Shade (07053810) 305 3.67 Great GSF
LSF
SMB
GSF, LSF, SMB
Edmond, Brian
Fillmer, Lawrence
Larsen, Chris
Larsen, Lisa
Travers, Gina
Van Someren, Tom
Edmond, Brian; Fillmer, Lawrence; Larsen, Chris; Larsen, Lisa; Travers, Gina; Van Someren, Tom
The water level for this trip was not ideal. It was too low for a comfortable trip but it was good enough to do again in a pinch. The water was crystal clear despite a major rain event on Thursday. Friday's water level would have been perfect for a good trip.The water level for this trip was not ideal. It was too low for a comfortable trip but it was good enough to do again in a pinch. The water was crystal clear despite a major rain event on Thursday. Friday's water level would have been perfect for a good trip. USGS Gauge Data:
Walnut Shade (07053810)
Discharge: 305
Height: 3.67
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Walnut Shade (07053810)<br />Discharge: 305<br />Height: 3.67
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2015-12-05 Goodnight Hollow Walnut Shade Total trip distance: 7.2 miles7.2 Good Walnut Shade (07053810) 248 4.17 None NoneNone Arnold, Al
Eth, Joe
Flat Brian
Turk, Scott
Van Someren, Tom
Williams, Sarah
Arnold, Al; Eth, Joe; Flat Brian; Turk, Scott; Van Someren, Tom; Williams, Sarah
Tom: I'd rate Saturday's float just below "Good". The water level condition wasn't "ideal", as we still hit bottom many times going through riffles, but didn't have to get out and pull over gravel bars (unless you REALLY effed up and chose your path poorly). Al: I'd say it was "Good". There were maybe four or five riffles I got stuck on, but I probably could have avoided at least a couple of them!Tom: I'd rate Saturday's float just below USGS Gauge Data:
Walnut Shade (07053810)
Discharge: 248
Height: 4.17
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Walnut Shade (07053810)<br />Discharge: 248<br />Height: 4.17
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2013-03-16 Goodnight Hollow Walnut Shade Total trip distance: 7.2 miles7.2 Good Walnut Shade (07053810) 209 4.02 None NoneNone Bowe, Michelle
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Ligon, Adalia
Ligon, Day
Ligon, Elicia
Ligon, Elseya
Bowe, Michelle; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Ligon, Adalia; Ligon, Day; Ligon, Elicia; Ligon, Elseya
Some places were too shallow for a canoe, particularly towards the end on a long stretch of bedrock. Several places tipped our canoes or filled them with water.Some places were too shallow for a canoe, particularly towards the end on a long stretch of bedrock.  Several places tipped our canoes or filled them with water. USGS Gauge Data:
Walnut Shade (07053810)
Discharge: 209
Height: 4.02
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Walnut Shade (07053810)<br />Discharge: 209<br />Height: 4.02
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2016-07-02 Goodnight Hollow Walnut Shade Total trip distance: 7.2 miles7.2 Good Walnut Shade (07053810) 209 3.63 None NoneNone Arnold, Al
Eth, Joe
Turk, Scott
Arnold, Al; Eth, Joe; Turk, Scott
From Joe: It was ok, to me, I would not really want it any lower.From Joe: It was ok, to me, I would not really want it any lower. USGS Gauge Data:
Walnut Shade (07053810)
Discharge: 209
Height: 3.63
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Walnut Shade (07053810)<br />Discharge: 209<br />Height: 3.63
Source: EthSource: Eth

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Trip Summary for Bull Creek (Missouri)

Miles62.6
Trips10
People34
Dates10
Years5
Months7
Rows10
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