Swan Creek (Missouri)

StateMissouri
RiverSwan Creek
NotesThe bridge at Forsyth-Taneyville Road (36.700699 -93.097227) is approximately 666 feet. Bull Shoals Lake should be below this level before attempting to take out at this point.
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Trips for Swan Creek (Missouri)

DateStartEndDistanceConditionGaugeDischargeHeightFishingDetails
Click for details2018-05-27 Rt AA Hulls Ford Road Total trip distance: 7.4 miles7.4 Good (none) Excellent BLG
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Acharya, Holly
Acharya, Sree
Bowe, Michelle
Bowen, Denis
Casey, Libra
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Larsen, Chris
Larsen, Lisa
Martin, Galen
Travers, Gina
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Acharya, Holly; Acharya, Sree; Bowe, Michelle; Bowen, Denis; Casey, Libra; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Larsen, Chris; Larsen, Lisa; Martin, Galen; Travers, Gina; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
The water level today was ideal for canoes and kayaks. Unfortunately, there is no gauge on Swan Creek, but Tom checked the level yesterday and found the recent rain had brought it up to flood stage. This stretch of the river was nearly continuously flowing so this stretch went pretty quickly. We stopped several times along the way to swim and take care of debris. Brian hit 1000 lifetime miles on this trip. Julian hit 300 and Michelle hit 250. Galen caught most of the fish (50+) while Tom and Chris each caught several.The water level today was ideal for canoes and kayaks. Unfortunately, there is no gauge on Swan Creek, but Tom checked the level yesterday and found the recent rain had brought it up to flood stage. This stretch of the river was nearly continuously flowing so this stretch went pretty quickly. We stopped several times along the way to swim and take care of debris. Brian hit 1000 lifetime miles on this trip. Julian hit 300 and Michelle hit 250. Galen caught most of the fish (50+) while Tom and Chris each caught several. No USGS gauge for this river and date<i>No USGS gauge for this river and date</i> Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2022-05-28 Rt AA Hulls Ford Road Total trip distance: 7.4 miles7.4 Good (none) Excellent GSF
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Barton, Adam
Greenstreet, Michael
Barton, Adam; Greenstreet, Michael
We were on the river by 0800 and had it to ourselves for much of the day before taking out about 1530. Michael caught a 16" smallie that weighed 2lbs 8oz and I caught one that was 15.5" and the same weight. The spawn was later this year due to the cold, wet spring and flooding. Both of our larger smallies appeared to still have some eggs inside and were getting ready to spawn, which is a couple of weeks after their prime spawning period. We finessed fished, using shaky heads and Ned rigs for most of the day. Michael caught a giant green sunfish that was almost ten inches long too! There was a single deep pool that had some American lotus leafing out, so I tied on a whopper plopper and caught a 16" largemouth for my first topwater fish of the year. Later I caught a small spotted bass to complete the bass slam (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted) which I had never done before on Swan Creek. All fish were returned to the water unharmed. Overall, this section was perfect at this water level for paddling, with the Bull Creek gauge between 400-500 CFS. Swan requires an intermediate paddling skillset. Some of the shoals can be bumpy and tricky even at moderate levels so be careful and wear your PFD!We were on the river by 0800 and had it to ourselves for much of the day before taking out about 1530. Michael caught a 16 No USGS gauge for this river and date<i>No USGS gauge for this river and date</i> Source: BartonSource: Barton
Click for details2021-05-29 Garrison Hulls Ford Road Total trip distance: 14.3 miles14.3 High (none) None NoneNone Barton, Adam
Hulett, John
Hulett, Michelle
Pendergraft, Laurel
Barton, Adam; Hulett, John; Hulett, Michelle; Pendergraft, Laurel
The river was MOVING today, which was an understatement. Swan Creek was the only floatable water within a hundred miles of Springfield. After rainfall brought up mostly all of the streams in the area to flood stage yesterday, the creek was rolling with many haystacks over four feet tall. The section below Garrison and above AA Bridge was brisk but not too bad, but between AA and Hulls Ford was a different animal. Some riffles were a couple hundred yards long and the haystacks just got bigger the further we went. My kayak was swamped twice which caused me to rollout into the current due to being submerged in the middle of a riffle. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND SWAN CREEK TO BEGINNERS when the Bull Creek discharge is over 800 cfs or so. Please be careful between AA Bridge and Hulls Ford Road, as it is for experienced paddlers only. Definitely need a skit or different boat for next time.The river was MOVING today, which was an understatement. Swan Creek was the only floatable water within a hundred miles of Springfield. After rainfall brought up mostly all of the streams in the area to flood stage yesterday, the creek was rolling with many haystacks over four feet tall. The section below Garrison and above AA Bridge was brisk but not too bad, but between AA and Hulls Ford was a different animal. Some riffles were a couple hundred yards long and the haystacks just got bigger the further we went. My kayak was swamped twice which caused me to rollout into the current due to being submerged in the middle of a riffle. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND SWAN CREEK TO BEGINNERS when the Bull Creek discharge is over 800 cfs or so. Please be careful between AA Bridge and Hulls Ford Road, as it is for experienced paddlers only. Definitely need a skit or different boat for next time. No USGS gauge for this river and date<i>No USGS gauge for this river and date</i> Source: BartonSource: Barton

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Trip Summary for Swan Creek (Missouri)

Miles29.1
Trips3
People18
Dates3
Years3
Months1
Rows3
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