Jacks Fork River (Missouri)

StateMissouri
RiverJacks Fork River
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Mountain View (07065200) Currently low (35 cfs) and steady
Alley Spring (07065495) Currently good (143 cfs) and steady
Eminence (07066000) Currently good (326 cfs) and falling
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Trips for Jacks Fork River (Missouri)

DateStartEndDistanceConditionGaugeDischargeHeightFishingDetails
Click for details2020-06-04 Lost Hollow (B) Allen Branch (B) Total trip distance: 32.5 miles12.3 Good Alley Spring (07065495) 601 3.44 Poor RB
SMB
RB, SMB
Bartlett, Stephanie
Edmond, Brian
Van Someren, Tom
Bartlett, Stephanie; Edmond, Brian; Van Someren, Tom
This day started out with an early morning thunderstorm that finished raining around 0900 hours. We got a late and wet start but managed to push off the gravel bar by 1100 hours. The water flow was very good through this stretch at this level although there were still a few places where we dragged. We ran into Ron White's group at Chalk Bluff today and got further confirmation of a positive identification. We commented on their massive amount of gear and Ron stated that the circus had come to town. He didn't have a drink and cigar but he was headed to a cooler to get one. This day started out with an early morning thunderstorm that finished raining around 0900 hours. We got a late and wet start but managed to push off the gravel bar by 1100 hours. The water flow was very good through this stretch at this level although there were still a few places where we dragged. We ran into Ron White's group at Chalk Bluff today and got further confirmation of a positive identification. We commented on their massive amount of gear and Ron stated that the circus had come to town. He didn't have a drink and cigar but he was headed to a cooler to get one. USGS Gauge Data:
Alley Spring (07065495)
Discharge: 601
Height: 3.44
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Alley Spring (07065495)<br />Discharge: 601<br />Height: 3.44
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-06-05 Allen Branch (B) Alley Spring Total trip distance: 32.5 miles4.7 Good Alley Spring (07065495) 570 3.38 Poor RB
SMB
RB, SMB
Bartlett, Stephanie
Edmond, Brian
Van Someren, Tom
Bartlett, Stephanie; Edmond, Brian; Van Someren, Tom
We had more rain this morning but it wasn't the deluge we'd had before. We didn't get an early start since we only had a few miles to go. This day was marked by two significant snake sightings. The first was a erythristic common watersnake, which was neat enough. When I posted this on Facebook later, someone else posted the same colored snake from a different observer. It turns out it was the exact same snake, verified because it was basking on the exact same log. Less than a mile away, Stephanie and I were looking at some flowering shrubs halfway up a bluff. We paddled over to get a better look, not paying attention to the rocks below. Without realizing it, I had paddled Stephanie to within a foot of a basking cottonmouth. Had it been inclined, it could have tagged her hand, which was resting on the side of the canoe. Luckily, it was merely annoyed at our presence. The water flow was fine through this section but the river widened and flattened quite a bit as well. We agreed that the section below Bay Creek just wasn't as scenic and desirable as the upper sections of the river.We had more rain this morning but it wasn't the deluge we'd had before. We didn't get an early start since we only had a few miles to go. This day was marked by two significant snake sightings. The first was a erythristic common watersnake, which was neat enough. When I posted this on Facebook later, someone else posted the same colored snake from a different observer. It turns out it was the exact same snake, verified because it was basking on the exact same log. Less than a mile away, Stephanie and I were looking at some flowering shrubs halfway up a bluff. We paddled over to get a better look, not paying attention to the rocks below. Without realizing it, I had paddled Stephanie to within a foot of a basking cottonmouth. Had it been inclined, it could have tagged her hand, which was resting on the side of the canoe. Luckily, it was merely annoyed at our presence. The water flow was fine through this section but the river widened and flattened quite a bit as well. We agreed that the section below Bay Creek just wasn't as scenic and desirable as the upper sections of the river. USGS Gauge Data:
Alley Spring (07065495)
Discharge: 570
Height: 3.38
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Alley Spring (07065495)<br />Discharge: 570<br />Height: 3.38
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2004-06-19 Bay Creek Eminence Total trip distance: 12.1 miles12.1 Good Alley Spring (07065495) 154 2.46 None NoneNone Ballard, Christina
Ballard, Kevin
Ballard, Paige
Ballard, Webb
Blackford, Alicia
Blackford, Eric
Brocaille, Justin
Edmond, Alex
Edmond, Brent
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Joseph
Ince, Brianne
Ince, Seth
Lehenbauer, Brenna
Sutter, Colby
Wilson, Jessica
Ballard, Christina; Ballard, Kevin; Ballard, Paige; Ballard, Webb; Blackford, Alicia; Blackford, Eric; Brocaille, Justin; Edmond, Alex; Edmond, Brent; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Joseph; Ince, Brianne; Ince, Seth; Lehenbauer, Brenna; Sutter, Colby; Wilson, Jessica
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Alley Spring (07065495)
Discharge: 154
Height: 2.46
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Alley Spring (07065495)<br />Discharge: 154<br />Height: 2.46
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details1997-09-07 Alley Spring Eminence Total trip distance: 6.3 miles6.3 Good Alley Spring (07065495) 57 None NoneNone Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Kellie
Edmond, Joseph
Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Kellie; Edmond, Joseph
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Alley Spring (07065495)
Discharge: 57
Height:
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Alley Spring (07065495)<br />Discharge: 57<br />Height:
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2016-10-22 Eminence Shawnee Creek Total trip distance: 8.0 miles4.6 Good Eminence (07066000) 241 2.23 Fair SMBSMB Fillmore, Allie
Fillmore, Brian
Fillmore, Jenny
Fillmore, Keith
Fillmore, Rebecca
Fillmore, Allie; Fillmore, Brian; Fillmore, Jenny; Fillmore, Keith; Fillmore, Rebecca
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Eminence (07066000)
Discharge: 241
Height: 2.23
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Eminence (07066000)<br />Discharge: 241<br />Height: 2.23
Source: FillmoreSource: Fillmore
Click for details2016-10-23 Shawnee Creek Two Rivers Total trip distance: 8.0 miles3.4 Good Eminence (07066000) 234 2.22 Fair SMBSMB Fillmore, Allie
Fillmore, Brian
Fillmore, Jenny
Fillmore, Keith
Fillmore, Rebecca
Fillmore, Allie; Fillmore, Brian; Fillmore, Jenny; Fillmore, Keith; Fillmore, Rebecca
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Eminence (07066000)
Discharge: 234
Height: 2.22
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Eminence (07066000)<br />Discharge: 234<br />Height: 2.22
Source: FillmoreSource: Fillmore
Click for details2020-06-02 Prongs VFW Campground (A) Total trip distance: 32.5 miles4.3 Good Mountain View (07065200) 163 1.89 Fair GSF
SMB
GSF, SMB
Bartlett, Stephanie
Edmond, Brian
Van Someren, Tom
Bartlett, Stephanie; Edmond, Brian; Van Someren, Tom
The water level on this stretch was just barely good enough for a "Good" rating. I wouldn't want to float it any lower. This section of the river wasn't particularly scenic (compared to further downstream). Our time on the river this day was basically a gorgeous evening float. There were several good camping sites before we settled on the gravel bar we finally chose. We also met a fellow wilderness paddler, Earl Lipscomb, who hailed from Carthage but was a Glendale alum just a few years older than Tom. They compared notes and acquaintances. Earl tries to float the Jacks Fork at least once per year and has very detailed notes about camp sites and fishing holes for this river and others. The water level on this stretch was just barely good enough for a USGS Gauge Data:
Mountain View (07065200)
Discharge: 163
Height: 1.89
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Mountain View (07065200)<br />Discharge: 163<br />Height: 1.89
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-06-03 VFW Campground (A) Lost Hollow (B) Total trip distance: 32.5 miles11.2 Good Mountain View (07065200) 145 1.79 Poor RB
SMB
RB, SMB
Bartlett, Stephanie
Edmond, Brian
Van Someren, Tom
Bartlett, Stephanie; Edmond, Brian; Van Someren, Tom
The water level was somewhat better. On this stretch and the others, I jumped out several times to save our loaded canoe from certain danger. This is my favorite section of the river. The scenery is fantastic and the river is still small enough to feel like you're enclosed. A few miles before we hit Jam Up Cave, a thunderstorm blew up and rained hard. Tom got a great video of the beginning of this storm. We sought shelter and dried off somewhat in the cave itself. While there, we saw a large group camping on the gravel bar across from the cave. They had several tents and lots of gear. We're calling this the Ron White Expedition. Although there is evidence that Ron White was, in fact, performing this week and not floating and fishing on the Jacks Fork River, we think there was probably a double standing in for him during the shows so the real Ron White could get away. Tom asked if he knew Jeff Foxworthy and he said he did. Who are going to believe? A published show schedule or a man's self-professed friendship with a famous comedian? The water level was somewhat better. On this stretch and the others, I jumped out several times to save our loaded canoe from certain danger. This is my favorite section of the river. The scenery is fantastic and the river is still small enough to feel like you're enclosed. A few miles before we hit Jam Up Cave, a thunderstorm blew up and rained hard. Tom got a great video of the beginning of this storm. We sought shelter and dried off somewhat in the cave itself. While there, we saw a large group camping on the gravel bar across from the cave. They had several tents and lots of gear. We're calling this the Ron White Expedition. Although there is evidence that Ron White was, in fact, performing this week and not floating and fishing on the Jacks Fork River, we think there was probably a double standing in for him during the shows so the real Ron White could get away. Tom asked if he knew Jeff Foxworthy and he said he did. Who are going to believe? A published show schedule or a man's self-professed friendship with a famous comedian?
USGS Gauge Data:
Mountain View (07065200)
Discharge: 145
Height: 1.79
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Mountain View (07065200)<br />Discharge: 145<br />Height: 1.79
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-06-05 Ebb and Flow Bay Creek Total trip distance: 11.0 miles11.0 Good Mountain View (07065200) 141 1.77 Excellent BLG
RB
SMB
BLG, RB, SMB
Bray, Eli
Bray, Matt
Bray, Eli; Bray, Matt
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Mountain View (07065200)
Discharge: 141
Height: 1.77
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Mountain View (07065200)<br />Discharge: 141<br />Height: 1.77
Source: BraySource: Bray
Click for details2008-06-14 Blue Spring Rymer Total trip distance: 6.6 miles6.6 Good Mountain View (07065200) 105 2.06 None NoneNone Bowe, Michelle
Edmond, Alex
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Joseph
Bowe, Michelle; Edmond, Alex; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Joseph
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Mountain View (07065200)
Discharge: 105
Height: 2.06
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Mountain View (07065200)<br />Discharge: 105<br />Height: 2.06
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2007-07-04 Blue Spring Rymer Total trip distance: 6.6 miles6.6 Good Mountain View (07065200) 102 1.73 None NoneNone Bowe, Michelle
Edmond, Brian
Bowe, Michelle; Edmond, Brian
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Mountain View (07065200)
Discharge: 102
Height: 1.73
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Mountain View (07065200)<br />Discharge: 102<br />Height: 1.73
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2013-06-22 Buck Hollow Rymer Total trip distance: 9.4 miles9.4 Good Mountain View (07065200) 78 1.78 None NoneNone Bowe, Michelle
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Eth, Joe
Turk, Scott
Van Someren, Cynthia
Van Someren, Tom
Bowe, Michelle; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Eth, Joe; Turk, Scott; Van Someren, Cynthia; Van Someren, Tom
Camped on Rymer gravel bar the night before. First part of trip was uneventful. Right after Blue Spring, a thunderstorm with lots of lightning and thunder dumped nearly two inches of rain on us. Although this level was considered good, we all agreed that a 3-6" higher water level would have been ideal. Camped on Rymer gravel bar the night before. First part of trip was uneventful. Right after Blue Spring, a thunderstorm with lots of lightning and thunder dumped nearly two inches of rain on us. Although this level was considered good, we all agreed that a 3-6 USGS Gauge Data:
Mountain View (07065200)
Discharge: 78
Height: 1.78
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Mountain View (07065200)<br />Discharge: 78<br />Height: 1.78
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2012-05-26 Blue Spring Rymer Total trip distance: 6.6 miles6.6 Low Mountain View (07065200) 27 1.28 Great SMB
RB
LSF
BLG
GSF
SMB, RB, LSF, BLG, GSF
Fillmore, Brent
Fillmore, Brian
Fillmore, Rebecca
Fillmore, Tina
Wann, Denny
Wann, Mom
Fillmore, Brent; Fillmore, Brian; Fillmore, Rebecca; Fillmore, Tina; Wann, Denny; Wann, Mom
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Mountain View (07065200)
Discharge: 27
Height: 1.28
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Mountain View (07065200)<br />Discharge: 27<br />Height: 1.28
Source: FillmoreSource: Fillmore

A total of 13 rows are displayed.

Trip Summary for Jacks Fork River (Missouri)

Miles99.1
Trips9
People35
Dates12
Years8
Months5
Rows13
Sources3

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