James River (Missouri)

StateMissouri
RiverJames River
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Springfield (07050700) Currently low (96 cfs) and falling
Boaz (07052250) Currently good (286 cfs) and steady
Galena (07052500) Currently good (637 cfs) and steady
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Trips for James River (Missouri)

DateStartEndDistanceConditionGaugeDischargeHeightFishingDetails
Click for details2015-03-21 Shelvin Rock Hootentown Total trip distance: 6.2 miles6.2 Good Boaz (07052250) 735 3.74 Poor NoneNone Casey, Libra
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Eth, Joe
Green, Dana
Green, Eric
Ligon, Adalia
Ligon, Day
Ligon, Elseya
McKnight, Don
McKnight, Jen
Van Someren, Tom
Casey, Libra; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Eth, Joe; Green, Dana; Green, Eric; Ligon, Adalia; Ligon, Day; Ligon, Elseya; McKnight, Don; McKnight, Jen; Van Someren, Tom
The river level was nearly perfect with no major obstacles. The rapids just above the Finley were substantial.The river level was nearly perfect with no major obstacles. The rapids just above the Finley were substantial. USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 735
Height: 3.74
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 735<br />Height: 3.74
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2013-08-17 Finley River Hootentown Total trip distance: 9.8 miles3.4 Good Boaz (07052250) 589 3.54 None NoneNone Bowe, Michelle
Edmond, Alex
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Joseph
Edmond, Julian
Ligon, Adalia
Ligon, Day
Ligon, Elicia
Ligon, Elseya
Van Someren, Cynthia
Van Someren, Tom
Bowe, Michelle; Edmond, Alex; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Joseph; Edmond, Julian; Ligon, Adalia; Ligon, Day; Ligon, Elicia; Ligon, Elseya; Van Someren, Cynthia; Van Someren, Tom
The water was high but not dangerously so. We went over some nice haystacks just below the Finley. Someone reported much higher haystacks above the Finley.The water was high but not dangerously so. We went over some nice haystacks just below the Finley. Someone reported much higher haystacks above the Finley. USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 589
Height: 3.54
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 589<br />Height: 3.54
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2015-06-14 Delaware Shelvin Rock Total trip distance: 6.5 miles6.5 Good Boaz (07052250) 439 3.17 None NoneNone Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Grote, Brandy
Grote, Camryn
Grote, Chase
Grote, Hannah
Lichtenberg, Brady
Storts, Amy Jo
Storts, Kaleb
Storts, Kylie Jo
Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Grote, Brandy; Grote, Camryn; Grote, Chase; Grote, Hannah; Lichtenberg, Brady; Storts, Amy Jo; Storts, Kaleb; Storts, Kylie Jo
The day started with a thundershower that didn't last too long. There are at least two exciting plunges over ledge rock in this stretch.The day started with a thundershower that didn't last too long. There are at least two exciting plunges over ledge rock in this stretch. USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 439
Height: 3.17
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 439<br />Height: 3.17
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2019-08-24 Shelvin Rock Finley River (B) Total trip distance: 6.2 miles3.1 Good Boaz (07052250) 309 3.03 None NoneNone Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian
This was an easy overnight trip on the James to test out the canoe for a complete overnight load. Smoked sausage and macaroni and cheese for dinner with chocolate for dessert. It was the first overnight river trip for Julian.This was an easy overnight trip on the James to test out the canoe for a complete overnight load. Smoked sausage and macaroni and cheese for dinner with chocolate for dessert. It was the first overnight river trip for Julian. USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 309
Height: 3.03
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 309<br />Height: 3.03
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2014-06-22 Hootentown McCall Bridge Road Total trip distance: 6.4 miles6.4 Good Boaz (07052250) 283 2.88 Fair GSFGSF Amburn, Andrea
Edmond, Brian
Hunt, Rob
Van Someren, Cynthia
Van Someren, Tom
Amburn, Andrea; Edmond, Brian; Hunt, Rob; Van Someren, Cynthia; Van Someren, Tom
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 283
Height: 2.88
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 283<br />Height: 2.88
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2016-06-26 Delaware Shelvin Rock Total trip distance: 6.5 miles6.5 Good Boaz (07052250) 275 2.90 None NoneNone Amburn, Andrea
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Williamson, Amelia
Williamson, Charlie
Williamson, Lucy
Williamson, Myki
Amburn, Andrea; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Williamson, Amelia; Williamson, Charlie; Williamson, Lucy; Williamson, Myki
Most of the river was fine, with even some fast areas flowing. The water was a bit murky and we had to drag the canoe through a few low areas. This is about minimum water level recommended for this section.Most of the river was fine, with even some fast areas flowing. The water was a bit murky and we had to drag the canoe through a few low areas. This is about minimum water level recommended for this section. USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 275
Height: 2.90
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 275<br />Height: 2.90
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2019-08-25 Finley River (B) Hootentown Total trip distance: 6.2 miles3.1 Good Boaz (07052250) 258 2.91 None NoneNone Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian
The night was cool but good. A huge band of thunderstorms in Kansas prompted us to get up early and pack our gear, get an early breakfast, and head home. We made it off the river by 900 hours, home by 1000 hours.The night was cool but good. A huge band of thunderstorms in Kansas prompted us to get up early and pack our gear, get an early breakfast, and head home. We made it off the river by 900 hours, home by 1000 hours. USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 258
Height: 2.91
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 258<br />Height: 2.91
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2018-06-01 Delaware Hootentown Total trip distance: 12.7 miles12.7 Good Boaz (07052250) 226 2.87 Good CCF
GSF
LMB
LSF
SMB
CCF, GSF, LMB, LSF, SMB
Van Someren, TomVan Someren, Tom Originally this trip was supposed to be on Crane Creek. However, finding it in flood stage (from the previous night's rains) when I got there, I spontaneously switched to doing the James, since it was basically on the drive back to the house. Thankfully the DOJ's current had movement for most of this long stretch, because doing 12.7 miles without its assistance would have been WAAAAY too much. Shelvin Rock to Hootie is much more interesting (IMHO) than Delaware to Shelvin. Though somewhat scenic, the entire length just has FAAAAAR too many long, slow, wide, tedious sections for my taste. The James is definitely the Waffle House of rivers (i.e., always there, always open, generally "Meh!").Originally this trip was supposed to be on Crane Creek. However, finding it in flood stage (from the previous night's rains) when I got there, I spontaneously switched to doing the James, since it was basically on the drive back to the house. Thankfully the DOJ's current had movement for most of this long stretch, because doing 12.7 miles without its assistance would have been WAAAAY too much. Shelvin Rock to Hootie is much more interesting (IMHO) than Delaware to Shelvin. Though somewhat scenic, the entire length just has FAAAAAR too many long, slow, wide, tedious sections for my taste. The James is definitely the Waffle House of rivers (i.e., always there, always open, generally USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 226
Height: 2.87
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 226<br />Height: 2.87
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2016-04-24 Delaware Shelvin Rock Total trip distance: 6.5 miles6.5 Good Boaz (07052250) 203 2.77 Poor NoneNone Amburn, Andrea
Amburn, Matt
Casey, Libra
Coroleuski, Abby
Coroleuski, Ethan
Coroleuski, Lauren
Coroleuski, Linda
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Eth, Joe
Liu, Aimeng
McKay, Lane
Turk Scott
Van Someren, Cynthia
Van Someren, Tom
Vaught, Carol
Williams, Sarah
Wilson, Ryan
Amburn, Andrea; Amburn, Matt; Casey, Libra; Coroleuski, Abby; Coroleuski, Ethan; Coroleuski, Lauren; Coroleuski, Linda; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Eth, Joe; Liu, Aimeng; McKay, Lane; Turk Scott; Van Someren, Cynthia; Van Someren, Tom; Vaught, Carol; Williams, Sarah; Wilson, Ryan
Although I got out only a few times because of shallow water, we rubbed the bottom quite a bit and got hung up on rocks a few times. I wouldn't want to do this much lower.Although I got out only a few times because of shallow water, we rubbed the bottom quite a bit and got hung up on rocks a few times. I wouldn't want to do this much lower. USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 203
Height: 2.77
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 203<br />Height: 2.77
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2017-02-05 Shelvin Rock Shelvin Rock Total trip distance: 3.0 miles3.0 Good Boaz (07052250) 175 2.69 Poor NoneNone Van Someren, TomVan Someren, Tom Paddled upstream 1.5 miles (approx. 1/2 mi past the Big Bend Road bridge) then returned back to Shelvin. Water was clear, fishing non-existent, since I didn't even see any in the water.Paddled upstream 1.5 miles (approx. 1/2 mi past the Big Bend Road bridge) then returned back to Shelvin. Water was clear, fishing non-existent, since I didn't even see any in the water. USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 175
Height: 2.69
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 175<br />Height: 2.69
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2018-10-26 Shelvin Rock Hootentown Total trip distance: 6.2 miles6.2 Good Boaz (07052250) 129 2.61 Poor NoneNone Bartlett, Renee
Bullard, Loring
Flynn, Beth
Jones, Marianne
Van Someren, Tom
Bartlett, Renee; Bullard, Loring; Flynn, Beth; Jones, Marianne; Van Someren, Tom
Fishing was non-existent. Water level was just below "Good", but still easily navigable. The fall colors were in their first stage of full display, so it was a nice cool-ish October day float.Fishing was non-existent. Water level was just below USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 129
Height: 2.61
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 129<br />Height: 2.61
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2007-09-02 Delaware Shelvin Rock Total trip distance: 6.5 miles6.5 Low Boaz (07052250) 118 None NoneNone Bowe, Michelle
Edmond, Brian
Mathis, Alicia
Pille, Neil
Saunders, Gigi
Bowe, Michelle; Edmond, Brian; Mathis, Alicia; Pille, Neil; Saunders, Gigi
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 118
Height:
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 118<br />Height:
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2016-10-09 Rivercut Delaware Town Total trip distance: 7.5 miles7.5 Low Boaz (07052250) 85 2.46 Fair CCF
LSF
SMB
CCF, LSF, SMB
Van Someren, TomVan Someren, Tom The water discharge was navigable, but not enjoyable. I think I scraped more surface off the bottom of my kayak on this trip alone than all other trips combined.The water discharge was navigable, but not enjoyable. I think I scraped more surface off the bottom of my kayak on this trip alone than all other trips combined. USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 85
Height: 2.46
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 85<br />Height: 2.46
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2016-10-02 Hootentown McCall Bridge Road Total trip distance: 6.4 miles6.4 Good Boaz (07052250) 83 2.38 Good LSF
RB
SMB
LSF, RB, SMB
Dudenhoeffer, Todd
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Van Someren, Tom
Williams, Sarah
Dudenhoeffer, Todd; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Van Someren, Tom; Williams, Sarah
This was near the low end of what would be considered a good float. A few of the riffles were too low and some places ended up being traps for the boats because of the low water.This was near the low end of what would be considered a good float. A few of the riffles were too low and some places ended up being traps for the boats because of the low water. USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 83
Height: 2.38
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 83<br />Height: 2.38
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2012-06-23 Shelvin Rock Hootentown Total trip distance: 6.2 miles6.2 Low Boaz (07052250) 73 2.20 Fair SMB
RB
BC
LSF
SMB, RB, BC, LSF
Cooper, Matt
Fillmore, Brian
Fillmore, Rebecca
White, Aaron
Cooper, Matt; Fillmore, Brian; Fillmore, Rebecca; White, Aaron
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 73
Height: 2.20
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 73<br />Height: 2.20
Source: FillmoreSource: Fillmore
Click for details2003-08-24 Shelvin Rock Hootentown Total trip distance: 6.2 miles6.2 Good Boaz (07052250) 65 None NoneNone Edmond, Brian
Ince, Brianne
Ince, Seth
Smith, Andy
Edmond, Brian; Ince, Brianne; Ince, Seth; Smith, Andy
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 65
Height:
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 65<br />Height:
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2015-07-25 Hootentown Kerr Total trip distance: 16.9 miles16.9 High Galena (07052500) 2330 6.29 None NoneNone Edmond, Brian
Eth, Joe
Edmond, Brian; Eth, Joe
Although the river didn't seem high at all, we didn't encounter a still pool the entire day. We started at 1030 and ended at 1630, but we only stopped a few times.Although the river didn't seem high at all, we didn't encounter a still pool the entire day. We started at 1030 and ended at 1630, but we only stopped a few times. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 2330
Height: 6.29
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 2330<br />Height: 6.29
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2017-06-10 Crane Creek Cox Total trip distance: 10.4 miles8.4 Good Galena (07052500) 920 5.66 Poor NoneNone Van Someren, Tom
Williams, Sarah
Wilson, Ryan
Wilson, Shiree
Van Someren, Tom; Williams, Sarah; Wilson, Ryan; Wilson, Shiree
Put in just before 1000, took out at Cox Access in Galena right at 1730. The James was flowing very nicely. Fishing utterly sucked, mostly due to WAAAAAY too many people taking advantage of the gorgeous day outside. From just below Kerr Access all the way to Galena, we had to put up with the noise and shenanigans of 130 college students drifting down the river in a mass rafting flotilla.Put in just before 1000, took out at Cox Access in Galena right at 1730. The James was flowing very nicely. Fishing utterly sucked, mostly due to WAAAAAY too many people taking advantage of the gorgeous day outside. From just below Kerr Access all the way to Galena, we had to put up with the noise and shenanigans of 130 college students drifting down the river in a mass rafting flotilla. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 920
Height: 5.66
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 920<br />Height: 5.66
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2019-09-06 Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 4.8 miles4.8 Good Galena (07052500) 417 4.21 Fair SMBSMB Bartlett, Isaak
Bartlett, Joe
Bartlett, Renee
Jones, Marianne
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Bartlett, Isaak; Bartlett, Joe; Bartlett, Renee; Jones, Marianne; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
Despite this float being on the DoJ (and literally finding a Port-a-Potty outhouse IN the river!), it was a great day to be on an Ozarks stream. The water was clear and gently moving along. The fishing wasn't off-the-charts good, but we all did catch a few here and there. There was one tree down about 1.5 miles up from Cox requiring us to do an easy portage around it.Despite this float being on the DoJ (and literally finding a Port-a-Potty outhouse IN the river!), it was a great day to be on an Ozarks stream. The water was clear and gently moving along. The fishing wasn't off-the-charts good, but we all did catch a few here and there. There was one tree down about 1.5 miles up from Cox requiring us to do an easy portage around it. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 417
Height: 4.21
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 417<br />Height: 4.21
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2019-07-27 Shelvin Rock Hootentown Total trip distance: 6.2 miles6.2 Good Galena (07052500) 370 4.20 Poor BLG
RB
SMB
BLG, RB, SMB
Bartlett, Isaak
Bartlett, Joe
Bartlett, Renee
Chalumba, Claude
Dean, Dizzy
Garrison, Roxanne
Jones, Marianne
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Bartlett, Isaak; Bartlett, Joe; Bartlett, Renee; Chalumba, Claude; Dean, Dizzy; Garrison, Roxanne; Jones, Marianne; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
Not thinking through the full potential for a HUGE schmuck-a-rama to happen on the DoJ this Saturday, we arrived at Shelvin Rock to find the river access PACKED with fellow paddlers, cars, and trailers. At almost no point during the day could one not see at least a dozen kayaks either up or down stream from us. Regardless, it was a wonderful day to be outside on the river (even the DoJ) and everyone had a great time.Not thinking through the full potential for a HUGE schmuck-a-rama to happen on the DoJ this Saturday, we arrived at Shelvin Rock to find the river access PACKED with fellow paddlers, cars, and trailers. At almost no point during the day could one not see at least a dozen kayaks either up or down stream from us. Regardless, it was a wonderful day to be outside on the river (even the DoJ) and everyone had a great time. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 370
Height: 4.20
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 370<br />Height: 4.20
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2016-02-28 Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 4.8 miles4.8 Good Galena (07052500) 369 4.48 Poor NoneNone Amburn, Andrea
Amburn, Matt
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Ficarra, Serena
Turk, Scott
Van Someren, Tom
Amburn, Andrea; Amburn, Matt; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Ficarra, Serena; Turk, Scott; Van Someren, Tom
It was very windy and cloudy for nearly the entire time, making for an unpleasant float. Nobody fished very much, including Julian.It was very windy and cloudy for nearly the entire time, making for an unpleasant float. Nobody fished very much, including Julian. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 369
Height: 4.48
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 369<br />Height: 4.48
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2018-06-10 Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 4.8 miles4.8 Good Galena (07052500) 346 4.23 Good SMBSMB Aliaga, Rut
Brame, Erika
Brame, Joon
Edmond, Alex
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Gerhardt, Kyle
Gerhardt, Megan
Larsen, Chris
Larsen, Lisa
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Wilson, Ryan
Aliaga, Rut; Brame, Erika; Brame, Joon; Edmond, Alex; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Gerhardt, Kyle; Gerhardt, Megan; Larsen, Chris; Larsen, Lisa; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom; Wilson, Ryan
This section of the James was relatively fast-moving given the very low rainfall we've had. It was also fairly crowded with rental boats and others. Swimming and fishing were both good and the water was comfortable. Chris and I cut up a tree obstruction on one particularly tricky run.This section of the James was relatively fast-moving given the very low rainfall we've had. It was also fairly crowded with rental boats and others. Swimming and fishing were both good and the water was comfortable. Chris and I cut up a tree obstruction on one particularly tricky run. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 346
Height: 4.23
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 346<br />Height: 4.23
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2017-03-20 Kerr Galena Total trip distance: 5.0 miles5.0 Low Galena (07052500) 319 4.03 Good RSF
SMB
RSF, SMB
Amburn, Andrea
Larsen, Chris
Larsen, Lisa
Amburn, Andrea; Larsen, Chris; Larsen, Lisa
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 319
Height: 4.03
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 319<br />Height: 4.03
Source: AmburnSource: Amburn
Click for details2014-07-20 Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 4.8 miles4.8 Good Galena (07052500) 277 3.13 Poor NoneNone Bowe, Ann
Bowe, Michelle
Bowe, Mike
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Bowe, Ann; Bowe, Michelle; Bowe, Mike; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian
James River Outfitters had quite a few boats and inner tubes on the river. Despite the short distance, the low current, heat, and sunny conditions were a bit much for Michelle's folks.James River Outfitters had quite a few boats and inner tubes on the river. Despite the short distance, the low current, heat, and sunny conditions were a bit much for Michelle's folks. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 277
Height: 3.13
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 277<br />Height: 3.13
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2018-08-12 Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 4.8 miles4.8 Good Galena (07052500) 244 4.28 None RBRB Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
A 2-3" rain in S Spgfld loaded up Wilson's Creek enough to send a wave of water down the James. We caught the very tail end of it on this trip. The water was not fast but we managed to do the trip without dragging. The water was comfortable for swimming. There were a lot of boats on the water, primarily from rentals along the river.A 2-3 USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 244
Height: 4.28
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 244<br />Height: 4.28
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details1998-07-05 Kerr Galena Total trip distance: 5.0 miles5.0 Good Galena (07052500) 232 None NoneNone Edmond, Alex
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Kellie
Edmond, Joseph
Edmond, Alex; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Kellie; Edmond, Joseph
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 232
Height:
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 232<br />Height:
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2018-01-14 Kerr Y Bridge Total trip distance: 5.2 miles5.2 Good Galena (07052500) 219 4.50 None NoneNone Larsen, Chris
Schlager, Mark
Travers, Lisa
Tuter, Kristen
Larsen, Chris; Schlager, Mark; Travers, Lisa; Tuter, Kristen
Heavy snow during early afternoon.Heavy snow during early afternoon. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 219
Height: 4.50
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 219<br />Height: 4.50
Source: LarsenSource: Larsen
Click for details1998-07-19 Shelvin Rock Hootentown Total trip distance: 6.2 miles6.2 Good Galena (07052500) 194 None NoneNone Edmond, Alex
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Kellie
Edmond, Joseph
Edmond, Alex; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Kellie; Edmond, Joseph
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 194
Height:
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 194<br />Height:
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2016-12-26 Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 4.8 miles4.8 Good Galena (07052500) 184 3.63 Poor NoneNone Acharya, Sreekanth
Amburn, Andrea
Edmond, Brian
Van Someren, Tom
Acharya, Sreekanth; Amburn, Andrea; Edmond, Brian; Van Someren, Tom
Although the water was relatively low, most places were fine in a kayak if you were careful and paid attention. At the beginning, the water was flowing well. As we neared the end, several large pools slowed us down (especially with the wind). Another couple taking out at Kerr said their canoe dragged along in several places.Although the water was relatively low, most places were fine in a kayak if you were careful and paid attention. At the beginning, the water was flowing well. As we neared the end, several large pools slowed us down (especially with the wind). Another couple taking out at Kerr said their canoe dragged along in several places. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 184
Height: 3.63
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 184<br />Height: 3.63
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2017-10-08 Cox Galena Landing Total trip distance: 3.9 miles3.9 Good Galena (07052500) 178 4.17 Fair GSF
SMB
GSF, SMB
Dudenhoeffer, Reagan
Dudenhoeffer, Todd
Edmond, Brian
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Dudenhoeffer, Reagan; Dudenhoeffer, Todd; Edmond, Brian; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
The lake level was at 916.41 but we were in a still pool for the last mile of the trip. For future trips, the level should be lower if one expects to get a current for the entire trip.The lake level was at 916.41 but we were in a still pool for the last mile of the trip. For future trips, the level should be lower if one expects to get a current for the entire trip. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 178
Height: 4.17
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 178<br />Height: 4.17
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2015-07-12 Southwood Lake Springfield Park Total trip distance: 2.1 miles2.1 Good Springfield (07050700) 1390 7.83 None NoneNone Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Williamson, Amelia
Williamson, Charlie
Williamson, Lucy
Williamson, Myki
Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Williamson, Amelia; Williamson, Charlie; Williamson, Lucy; Williamson, Myki
Although this trip was technically in the lake, we shuttled a vehicle to the park to take advantage of the slight current coming in with the flooded James River.Although this trip was technically in the lake, we shuttled a vehicle to the park to take advantage of the slight current coming in with the flooded James River. USGS Gauge Data:
Springfield (07050700)
Discharge: 1390
Height: 7.83
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Springfield (07050700)<br />Discharge: 1390<br />Height: 7.83
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2019-06-19 Hwy 65 Access Southwood Total trip distance: 4.5 miles4.5 Good Springfield (07050700) 448 5.94 Poor NoneNone Van Someren, TomVan Someren, Tom Having floated some of the James above Kinser Bridge, I always wanted to know what the section below Kinser (to Lake Springfield) consisted of. I can now say the 3 miles of stream contained in this section are not worth doing. Having paddled upstream for 2 miles there wasn't one moment where I couldn't hear the drone of traffic noise along highway 65 and / or highway 60. If the DOJ is the McDonald's of rivers, this section should be designated as the White Castle section, simply because it's along a major highway and can only appeal to the lowest common denominator of outdoor activities.Having floated some of the James above Kinser Bridge, I always wanted to know what the section below Kinser (to Lake Springfield) consisted of. I can now say the 3 miles of stream contained in this section are not worth doing. Having paddled upstream for 2 miles there wasn't one moment where I couldn't hear the drone of traffic noise along highway 65 and / or highway 60. If the DOJ is the McDonald's of rivers, this section should be designated as the White Castle section, simply because it's along a major highway and can only appeal to the lowest common denominator of outdoor activities. USGS Gauge Data:
Springfield (07050700)
Discharge: 448
Height: 5.94
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Springfield (07050700)<br />Discharge: 448<br />Height: 5.94
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2015-08-16 Tailwaters Rivercut Total trip distance: 7.1 miles7.1 Good Springfield (07050700) 224 5.07 None NoneNone Amburn, Andrea
Amburn, Matt
Coroleuski, Linda
Edmond, Brian
Van Someren, Cynthia
Van Someren, Tom
Williamson, Myki
Amburn, Andrea; Amburn, Matt; Coroleuski, Linda; Edmond, Brian; Van Someren, Cynthia; Van Someren, Tom; Williamson, Myki
The water level was fine for this trip, but we counted perhaps 6-8 obstacles that were technically challenging in a canoe or for an inexperienced kayaker. In several places, we had to help others or exit the boat to portage around or through particularly troublesome obstacles.The water level was fine for this trip, but we counted perhaps 6-8 obstacles that were technically challenging in a canoe or for an inexperienced kayaker. In several places, we had to help others or exit the boat to portage around or through particularly troublesome obstacles. USGS Gauge Data:
Springfield (07050700)
Discharge: 224
Height: 5.07
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Springfield (07050700)<br />Discharge: 224<br />Height: 5.07
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2019-06-16 Tailwaters Rivercut Total trip distance: 7.1 miles7.1 Good Springfield (07050700) 115 4.63 None NoneNone Osborne, Cindy
Osborne, Jay
Osborne, Juniper
Osborne, Cindy; Osborne, Jay; Osborne, Juniper
The section was easy to navigate in our kayaks. It may have been a little tricky in a canoe. We did not have to stop, portage, or drag the kayaks at all. A couple spots were a little bit tricky but not bad. The take out near Rivercut is not the best access site but it does the job. Many fish were spotted but no rods brought on the trip. It is not the cleanest section of the James. Not a single other paddler seen but many fishermen at road crossings. Scenery was okay.The section was easy to navigate in our kayaks. It may have been a little tricky in a canoe. We did not have to stop, portage, or drag the kayaks at all. A couple spots were a little bit tricky but not bad. The take out near Rivercut is not the best access site but it does the job. Many fish were spotted but no rods brought on the trip. It is not the cleanest section of the James. Not a single other paddler seen but many fishermen at road crossings. Scenery was okay. USGS Gauge Data:
Springfield (07050700)
Discharge: 115
Height: 4.63
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Springfield (07050700)<br />Discharge: 115<br />Height: 4.63
Source: OsborneSource: Osborne
Click for details2012-09-02 Crighton Southwood Total trip distance: 3.2 miles3.2 Low Springfield (07050700) 25 3.70 None NoneNone Bowe, Michelle
Edmond, Alex
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Bowe, Michelle; Edmond, Alex; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian
Some places could easily snag a boat and require some portage but most could be floated successfully. The last third of the trip was Lake Springfield.Some places could easily snag a boat and require some portage but most could be floated successfully.  The last third of the trip was Lake Springfield. USGS Gauge Data:
Springfield (07050700)
Discharge: 25
Height: 3.70
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Springfield (07050700)<br />Discharge: 25<br />Height: 3.70
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond

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Trip Summary for James River (Missouri)

Miles206
Trips34
People84
Dates35
Years11
Months10
Rows35
Sources6

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