Woods Fork (Missouri)

StateMissouri
RiverWoods Fork
NotesThis stretch (from Busiek to Bull Creek) can be attempted when the Walnut Shade gauge on Bull Creek reads 1000 CFS or more.
  • Woods Fork Road North to Woods Fork Road South: 1.8 mi
  • Woods Fork Road South to Busiek overpass: 1.3 mi
  • Busiek overpass to Bull Creek: 3.05 mi
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Trips for Woods Fork (Missouri)

DateStartEndDistanceConditionGaugeDischargeHeightFishingDetails
Click for details2020-05-01 Busiek Bull Creek Total trip distance: 5.5 miles3.0 Good (none) None NoneNone Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
This was our maiden attempt at floating Woods Fork. Anytime the Bull Creek gauge is between 500-1000 CFS, then Woods Fork should be able to be floated. The stream is a major contributor to Bull Creek, but typically it doesn't have enough water flowing to make it sufficiently navigable in a kayak. Recent heavy rains, though, made it look float-able, so we checked it out. Even with the non-typical extra water flow we scraped across LOTS of low water areas, but never enough to have to get out and pull the kayak over. Gravel bars ABOUND along this 3-mile section, as there seems to be great spots to stop for lunch around nearly every turn and bend. There are 2-3 areas with snarls that require a minor portage around them. Two snarls would benefit from a small chainsaw being brought along. The third obstruction has a couple big trees spanning the width of the river with their trunks nearly all submerged making effective use of a chainsaw on them almost impossible. There are also two spots where barbed wire is strung across the stream, but easily floated either under it or over it. One spot marks the eastern boundary of Busiek. The other is 9/10ths of a mile downstream from the Busiek boundary.This was our maiden attempt at floating Woods Fork. Anytime the Bull Creek gauge is between 500-1000 CFS, then Woods Fork should be able to be floated. The stream is a major contributor to Bull Creek, but typically it doesn't have enough water flowing to make it sufficiently navigable in a kayak. Recent heavy rains, though, made it look float-able, so we checked it out. Even with the non-typical extra water flow we scraped across LOTS of low water areas, but never enough to have to get out and pull the kayak over. Gravel bars ABOUND along this 3-mile section, as there seems to be great spots to stop for lunch around nearly every turn and bend. There are 2-3 areas with snarls that require a minor portage around them. Two snarls would benefit from a small chainsaw being brought along. The third obstruction has a couple big trees spanning the width of the river with their trunks nearly all submerged making effective use of a chainsaw on them almost impossible. There are also two spots where barbed wire is strung across the stream, but easily floated either under it or over it. One spot marks the eastern boundary of Busiek. The other is 9/10ths of a mile downstream from the Busiek boundary. No USGS gauge for this river and date<i>No USGS gauge for this river and date</i> Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2020-05-24 Woods Fork Road North Bull Creek Total trip distance: 8.7 miles6.2 Low (none) None NoneNone Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
The upper stretches (above Woods Fork Road South) had several bedrock drops. This river at least until Busiek was pretty low with significant dragging in some riffles and some tricky spots that were difficult to navigate with low water. We cleaned up a few snags and strainers. Once we got past Busiek, the water level was a bit better and the navigation was less technical.The upper stretches (above Woods Fork Road South) had several bedrock drops. This river at least until Busiek was pretty low with significant dragging in some riffles and some tricky spots that were difficult to navigate with low water. We cleaned up a few snags and strainers. Once we got past Busiek, the water level was a bit better and the navigation was less technical. No USGS gauge for this river and date<i>No USGS gauge for this river and date</i> Source: EdmondSource: Edmond

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Trip Summary for Woods Fork (Missouri)

Miles9.2
Trips2
People4
Dates2
Years1
Months1
Rows2
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