Trip List for 2020

DateStateRiverStartEndDistanceConditionFishingDetails
Click for details2020-12-27 OW Rio Bravo Cedar Crossing Cedar Crossing Total trip distance: 1.6 miles1.6 Good None NoneNone Barrett, Heather
Edmond, Brian
Ligon, Day
Pop, Tom
Thompson, Denise
Barrett, Heather; Edmond, Brian; Ligon, Day; Pop, Tom; Thompson, Denise
We put in just below the Cedar Crossing bridge and paddled upstream as far as we could go. At the terminus, there was a long, rocky run that was too shallow to easily pull a canoe through without a portage. We detected several Hicatee, Meso-American Sliders, a Neotropical Otter, several Brown Basilisks, and a Mexican Giant Musk Turtle carapace. This stretch also contains a known Jaguar den cave.We put in just below the Cedar Crossing bridge and paddled upstream as far as we could go. At the terminus, there was a long, rocky run that was too shallow to easily pull a canoe through without a portage. We detected several Hicatee, Meso-American Sliders, a Neotropical Otter, several Brown Basilisks, and a Mexican Giant Musk Turtle carapace. This stretch also contains a known Jaguar den cave. No USGS gauge for this river and date<i>No USGS gauge for this river and date</i> Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-12-24 BZ Burrell Creek Burrell Boom Burrell Boom Total trip distance: 3.4 miles3.4 Good None NoneNone Edmond, Brian
Ligon, Day
Edmond, Brian; Ligon, Day
We put in at the access north of Burrell Boom and paddled along No-Name Lagoon listening for turtles. We detected two Hicatee signals along this stretch. We paddled to the east and then north to a small lagoon. We observed (sight and sound) several Brown Basilisk lizards escaping and certainly witnessed the aftersplash of several Morelet's Crocodiles. At some point, Day picked up a Mexican Tree Frog in his boot and it made its way up his pant leg until he discovered it there. The northern part of this lagoon was typified by low-growing branches and vines that we needed to bushwhack through while in the canoe. Before reaching the second lagoon, we needed to portage the canoe through a small, shallow run.We put in at the access north of Burrell Boom and paddled along No-Name Lagoon listening for turtles. We detected two Hicatee signals along this stretch. We paddled to the east and then north to a small lagoon. We observed (sight and sound) several Brown Basilisk lizards escaping and certainly witnessed the aftersplash of several Morelet's Crocodiles. At some point, Day picked up a Mexican Tree Frog in his boot and it made its way up his pant leg until he discovered it there. The northern part of this lagoon was typified by low-growing branches and vines that we needed to bushwhack through while in the canoe. Before reaching the second lagoon, we needed to portage the canoe through a small, shallow run. No USGS gauge for this river and date<i>No USGS gauge for this river and date</i> Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-11-28 MO Beaver Creek Brownbranch Bradleyville Total trip distance: 7.9 miles7.9 Good Good SMBSMB Barton, Adam
Barton, Scott
Barton, Adam; Barton, Scott
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Bradleyville (07054080)
Discharge: 442
Height: 4.02
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Bradleyville (07054080)<br />Discharge: 442<br />Height: 4.02
Source: BartonSource: Barton
Click for details2020-11-08 MO Finley River Riverside Finley River Park Total trip distance: 1.4 miles1.4 Good None NoneNone Bartlett, Joe
Bartlett, Renee
Bartlett, Joe; Bartlett, Renee
Our first put in at the new Riverside Bridge. While the parking area is nice and large, there is a considerable carry to the water with a rather steep small access from the bank. Otherwise, This section is easy and unobstructed. The fall foliage was spectacular.Our first put in at the new Riverside Bridge. While the parking area is nice and large, there is a considerable carry to the water with a rather steep small access from the bank. Otherwise, This section is easy and unobstructed. The fall foliage was spectacular. USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 96
Height: 1.12
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 96<br />Height: 1.12
Source: BartlettSource: Bartlett
Click for details2020-10-10 MO James River Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 4.8 miles4.8 Good Poor RB
SMB
RB, SMB
Bartlett, Renee
Jones, Marianne
Van Someren, Tom
Bartlett, Renee; Jones, Marianne; Van Someren, Tom
Perfect weather made this an exceptional October float. While the water was low and we had a few places where we dragged, we did not have to exit our boats. While we had little luck actually catching any fish, the water was crystal clear and the fish sightings were abundant.Perfect weather made this an exceptional October float. While the water was low and we had a few places where we dragged, we did not have to exit our boats. While we had little luck actually catching any fish, the water was crystal clear and the fish sightings were abundant. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 148
Height: 4.02
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 148<br />Height: 4.02
Source: BartlettSource: Bartlett
Click for details2020-09-28 MO Finley River Finley River Park Finley River Park Total trip distance: 2.8 miles2.8 Good None NoneNone Bartlett, Joe
Bartlett, Renee
Bartlett, Joe; Bartlett, Renee
It was a beautiful day of near perfect weather. We put in at Finley River Park and paddled upstream to Riverside Bridge before turning and paddling back. There was a small wildfire that spanned 100 yards or so along the eastern bank just south or Riverside bridge that was being battled by Nixa FD.It was a beautiful day of near perfect weather. We put in at Finley River Park and paddled upstream to Riverside Bridge before turning and paddling back. There was a small wildfire that spanned 100 yards or so along the eastern bank just south or Riverside bridge that was being battled by Nixa FD. USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 37
Height: 0.74
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 37<br />Height: 0.74
Source: BartlettSource: Bartlett
Click for details2020-09-27 MO Crane Creek Langley Ford Road Langley Ford Road Total trip distance: 3.5 miles3.5 Low Fair CCF
RB
RT
SMB
CCF, RB, RT, SMB
Van Someren, TomVan Someren, Tom Paddled upstream 1.75 miles to fish and examine how many river obstructions needed work to clear a navigable path along this section. Photos included in this report show where they are along with each obstruction. For the water level being as low as it was, it wasn't as terrible (LOL) as I thought it might be paddling around. Returning back to the car I got caught in a steadily increasing thunderstorm. Adding insult to injury the seat adjustment mechanism on my kayak also broke. Rrrrrrr!!!Paddled upstream 1.75 miles to fish and examine how many river obstructions needed work to clear a navigable path along this section. Photos included in this report show where they are along with each obstruction. For the water level being as low as it was, it wasn't as terrible (LOL) as I thought it might be paddling around.

Returning back to the car I got caught in a steadily increasing thunderstorm. Adding insult to injury the seat adjustment mechanism on my kayak also broke. Rrrrrrr!!! 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 details2020-09-26 MO Crane Creek Otto Road Otto Road Total trip distance: 1.0 miles1.0 Low Fair BLG
RB
SMB
BLG, RB, SMB
Van Someren, TomVan Someren, Tom Just wanted to get on a river and take advantage of a perfect 80 degree day fishing the long slow pool upstream of Otto Road. Ran into Ryan Wilson along with his mom and dad floating down from Swinging Bridge Road.Just wanted to get on a river and take advantage of a perfect 80 degree day fishing the long slow pool upstream of Otto Road. Ran into Ryan Wilson along with his mom and dad floating down from Swinging Bridge Road. 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 details2020-09-20 MO Finley River Reed Road Reed Road Total trip distance: 5.8 miles5.8 Poor Fair BLG
RB
SMB
BLG, RB, SMB
Van Someren, TomVan Someren, Tom Paddled / waded / hiked upstream to the confluence of Pedelo Creek to, once and for all, clear a navigable path through the multiple tree obstructions that have been there for the last several years. Also did a little fishing on the return back to the car.Paddled / waded / hiked upstream to the confluence of Pedelo Creek to, once and for all, clear a navigable path through the multiple tree obstructions that have been there for the last several years. Also did a little fishing on the return back to the car. USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 28
Height: 0.65
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 28<br />Height: 0.65
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2020-09-20 MO Bates County Drainage Ditch Old Town Access Old Town Access Total trip distance: 7.3 miles0.7 Good None NoneNone Bass, Neil
Edmond, Brian
Bass, Neil; Edmond, Brian
We checked the turtle traps and they were all empty. Then, we paddled downstream of the boat ramp to check out a rocky riffle area where we found a Yellowbelly Watersnake, several Western Ribbonsnakes, lots of Southern Leopard Frogs, and maybe a few Plains Leopard Frogs. We also found Northern Cricket Frogs here and a Bullfrog, Northern Cricket Frogs, and Southern Leopard Frogs at the boat ramp.We checked the turtle traps and they were all empty. Then, we paddled downstream of the boat ramp to check out a rocky riffle area where we found a Yellowbelly Watersnake, several Western Ribbonsnakes, lots of Southern Leopard Frogs, and maybe a few Plains Leopard Frogs. We also found Northern Cricket Frogs here and a Bullfrog, Northern Cricket Frogs, and Southern Leopard Frogs at the boat ramp. No USGS gauge for this river and date<i>No USGS gauge for this river and date</i> Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-09-19 MO Marais des Cygnes River Old Town Access Old Town Access Total trip distance: 7.3 miles2.3 Good None NoneNone Bass, Neil
Edmond, Brian
Bass, Neil; Edmond, Brian
We checked the turtle traps to find three Red-Eared Sliders and a Common Snapping Turtle. Then we paddled upstream to a blocked channel, back downstream to another blocked channel, and then back upstream again and found a way around the blockage and went further, taking turtle photos along the way.We checked the turtle traps to find three Red-Eared Sliders and a Common Snapping Turtle. Then we paddled upstream to a blocked channel, back downstream to another blocked channel, and then back upstream again and found a way around the blockage and went further, taking turtle photos along the way. USGS Gauge Data:
State Line (06916600)
Discharge: 88
Height: 3.85
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />State Line (06916600)<br />Discharge: 88<br />Height: 3.85
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-09-19 MO Bates County Drainage Ditch Old Town Access Old Town Access Total trip distance: 7.3 miles4.1 Good None NoneNone Bass, Neil
Edmond, Brian
Bass, Neil; Edmond, Brian
We moved the turtle traps to the drainage ditch the next day and then paddled a couple of miles upstream looking for turtles and snakes.We moved the turtle traps to the drainage ditch the next day and then paddled a couple of miles upstream looking for turtles and snakes. No USGS gauge for this river and date<i>No USGS gauge for this river and date</i> Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-09-18 MO Marais des Cygnes River Old Town Access Old Town Access Total trip distance: 7.3 miles0.2 Good None NoneNone Bass, Neil
Edmond, Brian
Bass, Neil; Edmond, Brian
We paddled a short stretch of the unchannelized portion of the Marais des Cygnes to set some turtle traps.We paddled a short stretch of the unchannelized portion of the Marais des Cygnes to set some turtle traps. USGS Gauge Data:
State Line (06916600)
Discharge: 112
Height: 3.90
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />State Line (06916600)<br />Discharge: 112<br />Height: 3.90
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-09-13 MO Finley River Finley River Park Finley River Park Total trip distance: 2.8 miles2.8 Low Poor NoneNone Van Someren, TomVan Someren, Tom Just paddled upstream from the Finley River Park boat ramp to Riverside bridge and back. Fished mostly the upper half mile and didn't even get a single bite, despite seeing plenty of good sized fish in the water.Just paddled upstream from the Finley River Park boat ramp to Riverside bridge and back. Fished mostly the upper half mile and didn't even get a single bite, despite seeing plenty of good sized fish in the water. USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 33
Height: 0.70
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 33<br />Height: 0.70
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2020-09-13 MO Current River Pulltite Round Spring Total trip distance: 9.0 miles9.0 Good None NoneNone Feistner, J
Feistner, S
Schroeppel Clan
Feistner, J; Feistner, S; Schroeppel Clan
Water was excellent, with plenty of water to avoid having to pick your way through the riffles, although there were a couple of spots you could get hung up on if unaware. Due to good water, most of the paddling was done to steer, not to push. The summer floating season was winding down, so we had a gorgeous day, a few other floaters, but not crowded. Easy to see why this is a popular stretch of the Current.Water was excellent, with plenty of water to avoid having to pick your way through the riffles, although there were a couple of spots you could get hung up on if unaware. Due to good water, most of the paddling was done to steer, not to push. The summer floating season was winding down, so we had a gorgeous day, a few other floaters, but not crowded. Easy to see why this is a popular stretch of the Current. USGS Gauge Data:
Akers (07064533)
Discharge: 336
Height: 1.01
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Akers (07064533)<br />Discharge: 336<br />Height: 1.01
Source: FeistnerSource: Feistner
Click for details2020-09-08 MO Finley River Rt KK Rt KK Total trip distance: 7.8 miles7.8 Poor None NoneNone Van Someren, TomVan Someren, Tom Took advantage of the low water conditions and cloudy day to paddle/wade/hike 3.9 miles upstream (just past Greasy Creek), scoping out the amount of debris and river obstructions along this section of the river. While there were several trees and blockages to deal with, I noted that nearly all of them could be cleared out fairly easily with a chainsaw, enough so to provide a clear navigable path when 100-200 CFS more flowing water would be present. There are several long deep-ish good fishing holes along this section, especially between Arapaho Road and Hwy KK. Between Olga Road and Arapaho Road I spoke with a landowner who was "politely unreceptive" to my query/suggestion of using a chainsaw to make a navigable path in the stream (WTF?). Above Olga Road on toward Hwy Z the river seemed less hospitable with more difficult obstructions. But even in this extremely low level water condition the river was "mostly navigable", though not enjoyably so. So it's got to be MUCH better with even as little as 100 CFS more water flowing.Took advantage of the low water conditions and cloudy day to paddle/wade/hike 3.9 miles upstream (just past Greasy Creek), scoping out the amount of debris and river obstructions along this section of the river. While there were several trees and blockages to deal with, I noted that nearly all of them could be cleared out fairly easily with a chainsaw, enough so to provide a clear navigable path when 100-200 CFS more flowing water would be present.

There are several long deep-ish good fishing holes along this section, especially between Arapaho Road and Hwy KK. Between Olga Road and Arapaho Road I spoke with a landowner who was USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 36
Height: 0.72
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 36<br />Height: 0.72
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2020-09-05 MO Flat Creek Rt EE Flat Creek Road Total trip distance: 5.5 miles5.5 Low Good SMBSMB Back, Dustin
Barton, Brooke
Pendergraft, Jonathan
Pendergraft, Laurel
Back, Dustin; Barton, Brooke; Pendergraft, Jonathan; Pendergraft, Laurel
River was low and hard to go through any shallow riffles. Smallmouth were caught near root wads on small jigs and Ned rigs in the current. Nobody else on the river though on Labor Day weekend was a plus.River was low and hard to go through any shallow riffles. Smallmouth were caught near root wads on small jigs and Ned rigs in the current. Nobody else on the river though on Labor Day weekend was a plus. USGS Gauge Data:
Jenkins (07052820)
Discharge: 52
Height: 3.44
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Jenkins (07052820)<br />Discharge: 52<br />Height: 3.44
Source: BartonSource: Barton
Click for details2020-08-30 MO James River Crighton Crighton Total trip distance: 1.1 miles1.1 Good None NoneNone Bartlett, ReneeBartlett, Renee Late Afternoon solo float. While the water levels were decent in the area, the water wasn't moving as much as expected. This section was very stagnant, smelly, and overran with bugs. Floated from Joe Crighton to south of Farm Road 164 and back.Late Afternoon solo float. While the water levels were decent in the area, the water wasn't moving as much as expected. This section was very stagnant, smelly, and overran with bugs. Floated from Joe Crighton to south of Farm Road 164 and back. USGS Gauge Data:
Springfield (07050700)
Discharge: 35
Height: 4.06
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Springfield (07050700)<br />Discharge: 35<br />Height: 4.06
Source: BartlettSource: Bartlett
Click for details2020-08-23 MO Eleven Point River Big Bottom Hollow (B) Whitten Total trip distance: 13.7 miles3.7 Good Poor RTRT Chesnutt, Ethan
Edmond, Alex
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Joseph
Edmond, Julian
Van Someren, Tom
Chesnutt, Ethan; Edmond, Alex; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Joseph; Edmond, Julian; Van Someren, Tom
After breaking camp, we slowly started downstream around 1000 hours. We were pestered by motor boats today (as we were yesterday). Tom and I saw a family of at least three otters about halfway through this stretch. After a few stops to swim and play, we pulled out around 1500 hours.After breaking camp, we slowly started downstream around 1000 hours. We were pestered by motor boats today (as we were yesterday). Tom and I saw a family of at least three otters about halfway through this stretch. After a few stops to swim and play, we pulled out around 1500 hours. USGS Gauge Data:
Bardley (07071500)
Discharge: 812
Height: 3.48
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Bardley (07071500)<br />Discharge: 812<br />Height: 3.48
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-08-23 MO James River Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 5.5 miles5.5 Good None NoneNone Feistner, J
Feistner, S
Feistner, S
Feistner, J; Feistner, S; Feistner, S
First thing I'll mention is that the gauge has evidently been messed up at Galena. The float level today was on the lower end of "good" and that is what is has been for about a month. Some of the earlier floats showed a level in the upper end of good. Not correct. At the level it was today, we made it through with no walking, but did drag a few places and had to pick our way through a bit. Still areas of the river were pretty slow. As always, good float.First thing I'll mention is that the gauge has evidently been messed up at Galena. The float level today was on the lower end of USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 231
Height: 4.19
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 231<br />Height: 4.19
Source: FeistnerSource: Feistner
Click for details2020-08-22 MO Eleven Point River Long Hollow Big Bottom Hollow (B) Total trip distance: 13.7 miles10.0 Good Poor GSFGSF Chesnutt, Ethan
Edmond, Alex
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Joseph
Edmond, Julian
Van Someren, Tom
Chesnutt, Ethan; Edmond, Alex; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Joseph; Edmond, Julian; Van Someren, Tom
We started downstream around 1130 hours. The stretch from Long Hollow to Greer Spring was slow but not low. We were able to get through each riffle without getting out although there was some dragging. Past Greer Spring, the water was swifter with less dragging. We originally planned to start at MO 19 but decided we wanted to see the confluence of the spring and the river. Because of that, our late start, and the long shuttle, we had more river miles to cover on the first day than we had planned. We were also in competition with other groups for the sparse camp sites. We finally found one around 1800 hours that was small but suited us fairly well.We started downstream around 1130 hours. The stretch from Long Hollow to Greer Spring was slow but not low. We were able to get through each riffle without getting out although there was some dragging. Past Greer Spring, the water was swifter with less dragging. We originally planned to start at MO 19 but decided we wanted to see the confluence of the spring and the river. Because of that, our late start, and the long shuttle, we had more river miles to cover on the first day than we had planned. We were also in competition with other groups for the sparse camp sites. We finally found one around 1800 hours that was small but suited us fairly well. USGS Gauge Data:
Bardley (07071500)
Discharge: 825
Height: 3.50
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Bardley (07071500)<br />Discharge: 825<br />Height: 3.50
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-08-14 MO Flat Creek Flat Creek Road Dry Creek Total trip distance: 7.0 miles7.0 Low Good GSF
SMB
GSF, SMB
Goff, Courtney
Goff, Michelle
Goff, Courtney; Goff, Michelle
Total river blockage. Tree down blocking full width of river about halfway through float length.Total river blockage. Tree down blocking full width of river about halfway through float length. USGS Gauge Data:
Jenkins (07052820)
Discharge: 73
Height: 3.60
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Jenkins (07052820)<br />Discharge: 73<br />Height: 3.60
Source: GoffSource: Goff
Click for details2020-08-14 MO James River Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 4.8 miles4.8 Good Great KSB
LMB
RB
SMB
KSB, LMB, RB, SMB
Barton, Adam
Brumfield, Josh
Barton, Adam; Brumfield, Josh
The river was perfect for fishing and floating with only a few places were we had to hop out and drag our kayaks. I caught my personal best smallmouth at just over 15" and Josh caught a 3lb spotted bass near Galena. The high temp for the day was 92 degrees, so we took plenty of time to cool off in the river when the fishing slowed down around noon.The river was perfect for fishing and floating with only a few places were we had to hop out and drag our kayaks. I caught my personal best smallmouth at just over 15 USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 274
Height: 4.32
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 274<br />Height: 4.32
Source: BartonSource: Barton
Click for details2020-08-13 MO Finley River Reed Road Reed Road Total trip distance: 2.0 miles2.0 Low Good RBRB Van Someren, TomVan Someren, Tom Just paddled (and dragged) the kayak upstream 1 mile to a favorite fishing / swimming hole. Despite the low water level and CFS, this mile of stream is mostly easily paddle-able in this less-than-optimal condition. Caught several 5-6 in rock bass / goggle eye and observed MANY good sized small mouth.Just paddled (and dragged) the kayak upstream 1 mile to a favorite fishing / swimming hole. Despite the low water level and CFS, this mile of stream is mostly easily paddle-able in this less-than-optimal condition. Caught several 5-6 in rock bass / goggle eye and observed MANY good sized small mouth. USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 46
Height: 0.80
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 46<br />Height: 0.80
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2020-08-09 MO James River Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 5.5 miles5.5 Good Poor NoneNone Eakins, Danielle
Edmond, Alex
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Eth, Joe
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Eakins, Danielle; Edmond, Alex; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Eth, Joe; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
This was a lazy summer trip with low (but acceptable) water levels. The water was clear and flowing slowly with only a few faster riffles. We spent most of the day on a gravel bar about 3/4 of the way through, cooking burgers for lunch and swimming and snorkeling. Julian paddled his own boat and spent his time back and forth between our different boats. He also swam a lot with his boat in tow.This was a lazy summer trip with low (but acceptable) water levels. The water was clear and flowing slowly with only a few faster riffles. We spent most of the day on a gravel bar about 3/4 of the way through, cooking burgers for lunch and swimming and snorkeling. Julian paddled his own boat and spent his time back and forth between our different boats. He also swam a lot with his boat in tow. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 306
Height: 4.41
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 306<br />Height: 4.41
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-08-06 MO Niangua River Moon Valley Bennett Spring Total trip distance: 7.5 miles7.5 Good Poor SMBSMB Feistner, J
Feistner, S
Schroeppel, B
Schroeppel, K
Feistner, J; Feistner, S; Schroeppel, B; Schroeppel, K
Water level was acceptable. River has long quiet pools, followed by rock and gravel riffles. With lower flows you may find yourself dragging excessively or walking at some of the rock riffles, shallow split channels, and where there are downed trees. Had to portage just before Hildebrand Bluff due to a log jam completely obstructing the right channel and a couple of small trees obstructing the smaller, left channel. According to another floater, this area has been an issue for quite some time, so it is unlikely that vendors put in at Moon Valley, or they would have removed at least the small trees blocking the channel. Quiet, scenic and enjoyable float on a Thursday. Two other kayaks seen on the river and a few fisherman above the park.Water level was acceptable. River has long quiet pools, followed by rock and gravel riffles. With lower flows you may find yourself dragging excessively or walking at some of the rock riffles, shallow split channels, and where there are downed trees. Had to portage just before Hildebrand Bluff due to a log jam completely obstructing the right channel and a couple of small trees obstructing the smaller, left channel. According to another floater, this area has been an issue for quite some time, so it is unlikely that vendors put in at Moon Valley, or they would have removed at least the small trees blocking the channel. Quiet, scenic and enjoyable float on a Thursday. Two other kayaks seen on the river and a few fisherman above the park. USGS Gauge Data:
Windyville (06923250)
Discharge: 79
Height: 1.17
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Windyville (06923250)<br />Discharge: 79<br />Height: 1.17
Source: FeistnerSource: Feistner
Click for details2020-07-25 MO James River Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 5.5 miles5.5 Good Fair LSF
SMB
LSF, SMB
Feistner, J
Feistner, S
Rush, S
Schroeppel, B
Schroeppel, K
Feistner, J; Feistner, S; Rush, S; Schroeppel, B; Schroeppel, K
River level was just about perfect. James River Outfitters assisted us in kayak rental and shuttling of one of our kayaks. River was a bit crowded, especially for a weekday. If you want to avoid the crowds, consider going Monday through Thursday. We took our time, enjoyed the water, and made the float last about 4.5 hours. Great day on the river.River level was just about perfect. James River Outfitters assisted us in kayak rental and shuttling of one of our kayaks. River was a bit crowded, especially for a weekday. If you want to avoid the crowds, consider going Monday through Thursday. We took our time, enjoyed the water, and made the float last about 4.5 hours. Great day on the river. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 361
Height: 4.57
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 361<br />Height: 4.57
Source: FeistnerSource: Feistner
Click for details2020-07-24 MO James River Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 5.5 miles5.5 Good Fair LSF
SMB
LSF, SMB
Feistner, J
Feistner, S
Rush, S
Schroeppel, B
Schroeppel, K
Feistner, J; Feistner, S; Rush, S; Schroeppel, B; Schroeppel, K
River level was just about perfect. James River Outfitters assisted us in kayak rental and shuttling of one of our kayaks. River was a bit crowded, especially for a weekday. If you want to avoid the crowds, consider going Monday through Thursday. We took our time, enjoyed the water, and made the float last about 4.5 hours. Great day on the river.River level was just about perfect. James River Outfitters assisted us in kayak rental and shuttling of one of our kayaks. River was a bit crowded, especially for a weekday. If you want to avoid the crowds, consider going Monday through Thursday. We took our time, enjoyed the water, and made the float last about 4.5 hours. Great day on the river. USGS Gauge Data:
Galena (07052500)
Discharge: 394
Height: 4.67
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Galena (07052500)<br />Discharge: 394<br />Height: 4.67
Source: FeistnerSource: Feistner
Click for details2020-07-18 MO Niangua River Sand Springs Barclay Total trip distance: 6.6 miles6.6 Good None NoneNone Caldwell, Marty
Comstock, Russell
Caldwell, Marty; Comstock, Russell
Great kayaking float! Water year round is 56 degrees and clear. Didn’t drag at all! Average height was 1.05. There are plenty gravel bars to pull off and hang out with other outdoor water folk. We used Majestic Views Outfitters. They are the best Outfitters I have ever done business with. Directions: They do not have a sign to tell you where to turn (they are working on that), but if you're coming from Lebanon on MO 64, after you cross over the Niangua River bridge, they are down the dirt road on your right. If coming from Joplin on MO 64, after you pass Sandy Springs Resort, it's the dirt road on your left before you cross the bridge. Pull down and park at the first section where you see the water access, vans and people getting in the water. If you get lost, call Barbie at Majestic Views Outfitters, she is more than helpful getting you there.Great kayaking float! Water year round is 56 degrees and clear. Didn’t drag at all! Average height was 1.05. There are plenty gravel bars to pull off and hang out with other outdoor water folk. We used Majestic Views Outfitters. They are the best Outfitters I have ever done business with.
Directions: They do not have a sign to tell you where to turn (they are working on that), but if you're coming from Lebanon on MO 64, after you cross over the Niangua River bridge, they are down the dirt road on your right. If coming from Joplin on MO 64, after you pass Sandy Springs Resort, it's the dirt road on your left before you cross the bridge. Pull down and park at the first section where you see the water access, vans and people getting in the water. If you get lost, call Barbie at Majestic Views Outfitters, she is more than helpful getting you there. USGS Gauge Data:
Windyville (06923250)
Discharge: 80
Height: 1.00
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Windyville (06923250)<br />Discharge: 80<br />Height: 1.00
Source: CaldwellSource: Caldwell
Click for details2020-07-15 OK Blue River US 377 Harris Ranch Road Total trip distance: 1.2 miles1.2 Low Fair SMBSMB Fillmore, Brian
Fillmore, Rebecca
Fillmore, Vivien
Fillmore, Brian; Fillmore, Rebecca; Fillmore, Vivien
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Connerville (07332390)
Discharge: 101
Height: 5.90
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Connerville (07332390)<br />Discharge: 101<br />Height: 5.90
Source: FillmoreSource: Fillmore
Click for details2020-07-14 MO James River Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 5.5 miles5.5 Good None NoneNone Van Someren, Tom
Williams, Hannah
Williams, Sarah
Van Someren, Tom; Williams, Hannah; Williams, Sarah
This was a Birthday Week float for Sarah, since her 40th would be on Friday. Remarkably (to me) the DoJ was actually flowing fairly well, despite this day being right in the middle of the summer season and additionally having had nearly no rain in the previous month. We got in at 10:20 and took out right around 14:00 with a very leisure lunch/swim break less than a mile from the take-out. Interestingly, we met a guy (Steve Wicken, 417-231-1263) who needed a ride back to Kerr to retrieve his vehicle. Chatting with him we found out that he had floated the length of the Missouri River as part of a reenactment of Lewis and Clark's journey to survey the western territory (a four-year reenactment!). He lives near Flat Creek and offered to help with our shuttling anytime in the future. Woo hoo!This was a Birthday Week float for Sarah, since her 40th would be on Friday. Remarkably (to me) the DoJ was actually flowing fairly well, despite this day being right in the middle of the summer season and additionally having had nearly no rain in the previous month. We got in at 10:20 and took out right around 14:00 with a very leisure lunch/swim break less than a mile from the take-out.

Interestingly, we met a guy (Steve Wicken, 417-231-1263) who needed a ride back to Kerr to retrieve his vehicle. Chatting with him we found out that he had floated the length of the Missouri River as part of a reenactment of Lewis and Clark's journey to survey the western territory (a four-year reenactment!). He lives near Flat Creek and offered to help with our shuttling anytime in the future. Woo hoo! USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 129
Height: 2.60
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 129<br />Height: 2.60
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2020-07-12 MO Bourbeuse River Mill Rock Ford Wenkel Ford Total trip distance: 7.0 miles7.0 Good Good LMB
SMB
LMB, SMB
Bray, Matt
McCullough, Brayden
Bray, Matt; McCullough, Brayden
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Union (07016500)
Discharge: 293
Height: 2.54
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Union (07016500)<br />Discharge: 293<br />Height: 2.54
Source: BraySource: Bray
Click for details2020-07-10 MO James River Finley River Hootentown Total trip distance: 3.5 miles3.2 Good Great KSB
RB
SMB
KSB, RB, SMB
Barton, Adam
Brumfield, Josh
Barton, Adam; Brumfield, Josh
A short trip that began on the last 1/4 mile of the Finley resulted in some great fishing. Smallmouth bass were hungry and were caught in eddies close to the current.A short trip that began on the last 1/4 mile of the Finley resulted in some great fishing. Smallmouth bass were hungry and were caught in eddies close to the current. USGS Gauge Data:
Boaz (07052250)
Discharge: 160
Height: 2.71
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Boaz (07052250)<br />Discharge: 160<br />Height: 2.71
Source: BartonSource: Barton
Click for details2020-07-10 MO Finley River Two Rivers Road James River Total trip distance: 3.5 miles0.3 Good None (none)(none) Barton, Adam
Brumfield, Josh
Barton, Adam; Brumfield, Josh
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 96
Height: 1.12
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 96<br />Height: 1.12
Source: BartonSource: Barton
Click for details2020-07-05 MO Big River Merrill Horse Browns Ford Total trip distance: 5.5 miles5.5 Good Poor NoneNone Bray, Matt
Hulsey, Derek
Bray, Matt; Hulsey, Derek
Water was not up but very muddy with visibility under a foot.Water was not up but very muddy with visibility under a foot. USGS Gauge Data:
Richwoods (07018100)
Discharge: 572
Height: 3.79
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Richwoods (07018100)<br />Discharge: 572<br />Height: 3.79
Source: BraySource: Bray
Click for details2020-07-05 MO James River Kerr Cox Total trip distance: 4.8 miles4.8 Good None RB
SMB
RB, SMB
Bartlett, Joe
Bartlett, Renee
Dawson, Don
Dawson, Laura
Waldman, Rachel
Bartlett, Joe; Bartlett, Renee; Dawson, Don; Dawson, Laura; Waldman, Rachel
Holiday weekend float. We were on the water in the early am before 10. The river was remarkably quiet. The water was high enough Laura was able to use her inflatable kayak. The weather was beautiful. We were loaded and off the water by 1:30pm.Holiday weekend float. We were on the water in the early am before 10. The river was remarkably quiet. The water was high enough Laura was able to use her inflatable kayak. The weather was beautiful. We were loaded and off the water by 1:30pm. USGS Gauge Data:
Springfield (07050700)
Discharge: 223
Height: 5.22
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Springfield (07050700)<br />Discharge: 223<br />Height: 5.22
Source: BartlettSource: Bartlett
Click for details2020-06-25 MO Big Piney River Sand Shoals Boiling Spring Total trip distance: 6.5 miles6.5 Good None NoneNone Feistner, John
Fiestner, S
Lamb, J
Lamb, L
Osborn, C
Osborn, M
Schroeppel, B
Schroeppel, K
Feistner, John; Fiestner, S; Lamb, J; Lamb, L; Osborn, C; Osborn, M; Schroeppel, B; Schroeppel, K
Water was nearly perfect at this float level. Had six kayaks and one canoe. Dragged in just a few places and most of the low areas were easy to read. It would seem a three inch drop in the water level would make for a float that would take more care getting through the low spots. Overall, a great day and a pretty float. Did not see another boat on the river.Water was nearly perfect at this float level. Had six kayaks and one canoe. Dragged in just a few places and most of the low areas were easy to read. It would seem a three inch drop in the water level would make for a float that would take more care getting through the low spots. Overall, a great day and a pretty float. Did not see another boat on the river. USGS Gauge Data:
Big Piney (06930000)
Discharge: 486
Height: 3.35
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Big Piney (06930000)<br />Discharge: 486<br />Height: 3.35
Source: FeistnerSource: Feistner
Click for details2020-06-25 MO James River Crighton Crighton Total trip distance: 2.2 miles2.2 Good None NoneNone Bartlett, ReneeBartlett, Renee Early evening solo float. Paddled upstream from Farm Road 166 Bridge at Joe Crighton Access to Pierson Creek and back.Early evening solo float. Paddled upstream from Farm Road 166 Bridge at Joe Crighton Access to Pierson Creek and back. USGS Gauge Data:
Springfield (07050700)
Discharge: 94
Height: 4.58
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Springfield (07050700)<br />Discharge: 94<br />Height: 4.58
Source: BartlettSource: Bartlett
Click for details2020-06-23 MO Finley River Patterson Road Patterson Road Total trip distance: 0.0 miles0.0 Low None NoneNone Van Someren, TomVan Someren, Tom This wasn't a float trip, but an afternoon spent trying to clear out a large tree obstructing the river just below where Patterson Spring enters. I'm just placing the report here to denote the date it was done along with the river's water level at the time. Video documentation is also included in the external links.This wasn't a float trip, but an afternoon spent trying to clear out a large tree obstructing the river just below where Patterson Spring enters. I'm just placing the report here to denote the date it was done along with the river's water level at the time. Video documentation is also included in the external links. USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 168
Height: 1.45
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 168<br />Height: 1.45
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2020-06-20 MO Jacks Fork River Buck Hollow Alley Spring Total trip distance: 14.8 miles14.8 Low Good RB
SMB
RB, SMB
Barton, Adam
Barton, Brooke
Barton, Scott
Barton, Melinda
Pendergraft, Jonathan
Pendergraft, Laurel
Barton, Adam; Barton, Brooke; Barton, Scott; Barton, Melinda; Pendergraft, Jonathan; Pendergraft, Laurel
The water was a little low for ideal floating. The forecast called for a 40% chance of thunderstorms and sure enough it opened up on us just past Bay Creek. The fishing was okay before the rain hit, but then disappeared after the storms blew in. Overall a mediocre flow due to the weather, but memories galore due to paddling in the monsoon.The water was a little low for ideal floating. The forecast called for a 40% chance of thunderstorms and sure enough it opened up on us just past Bay Creek. The fishing was okay before the rain hit, but then disappeared after the storms blew in. Overall a mediocre flow due to the weather, but memories galore due to paddling in the monsoon. USGS Gauge Data:
Mountain View (07065200)
Discharge: 105
Height: 1.29
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Mountain View (07065200)<br />Discharge: 105<br />Height: 1.29
Source: BartonSource: Barton
Click for details2020-06-19 MO Eleven Point River Cane Bluff Greer Crossing Total trip distance: 7.4 miles7.4 Good Great LMB
RB
SMB
LMB, RB, SMB
Fonner, Mike
Franke, Joe
Fonner, Mike; Franke, Joe
River was high but manageable. Was crowded with a couple bus loads and several groups of multiple kayak fisherman. I hope they had as good a luck as we did. Even though the river was moving we were able to catch fish in spots all day.River was high but manageable. Was crowded with a couple bus loads and several groups of multiple kayak fisherman. I hope they had as good a luck as we did. Even though the river was moving we were able to catch fish in spots all day. USGS Gauge Data:
Bardley (07071500)
Discharge: 1600
Height: 4.50
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Bardley (07071500)<br />Discharge: 1600<br />Height: 4.50
Source: FonnerSource: Fonner
Click for details2020-06-14 MO Spring River Jackpine Quakermill Total trip distance: 8.0 miles8.0 Good None NoneNone Crowder, MelissaCrowder, Melissa Easy float with no dragging. Water was still a *little* turbid. No impassable hazards on this section now.Easy float with no dragging. Water was still a *little* turbid. No impassable hazards on this section now. USGS Gauge Data:
Carthage (07185765)
Discharge: 613
Height: 4.16
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Carthage (07185765)<br />Discharge: 613<br />Height: 4.16
Source: CrowderSource: Crowder
Click for details2020-06-14 MO Flat Creek Rt EE Flat Creek Road Total trip distance: 5.5 miles5.5 Good Poor NoneNone Barrow, Kim
Bergfeld, Matt
Monroe, Jason
Van Someren, Bre
Van Someren, Luke
Van Someren, Tom
Barrow, Kim; Bergfeld, Matt; Monroe, Jason; Van Someren, Bre; Van Someren, Luke; Van Someren, Tom
The weather was perfect and the water level was excellent. Remarkably for such gorgeous conditions, we only saw a total of 5 other folks enjoying this stretch of the river. This was the first float trip I managed to get Luke to be included in. Other than Bre's first float last week, everyone else attending were near newbies to kayaking or river navigation. So it was interesting and a bit unsettling to say the least. LOLThe weather was perfect and the water level was excellent. Remarkably for such gorgeous conditions, we only saw a total of 5 other folks enjoying this stretch of the river. This was the first float trip I managed to get Luke to be included in. Other than Bre's first float last week, everyone else attending were near newbies to kayaking or river navigation. So it was interesting and a bit unsettling to say the least. LOL USGS Gauge Data:
Jenkins (07052820)
Discharge: 284
Height: 4.36
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Jenkins (07052820)<br />Discharge: 284<br />Height: 4.36
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2020-06-13 MO Little Sac River FR 115 Morrisville Road Total trip distance: 5.4 miles5.4 Good None NoneNone Arnold, Al
Edmond, Brian
Turk, Scott
Arnold, Al; Edmond, Brian; Turk, Scott
This section of the river is very challenging for the first mile, where the stream is braided and filled with log jams. We had a long portage through a pasture at the very beginning and a few places where we had to get out of our boats and make our way across logs. There were also several downed trees where short portages or tricky and creative maneuvers were required to push through. After the first mile, the river opened up and was fine most of the way.This section of the river is very challenging for the first mile, where the stream is braided and filled with log jams. We had a long portage through a pasture at the very beginning and a few places where we had to get out of our boats and make our way across logs. There were also several downed trees where short portages or tricky and creative maneuvers were required to push through. After the first mile, the river opened up and was fine most of the way. USGS Gauge Data:
Morrisville (06918740)
Discharge: 353
Height: 3.23
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Morrisville (06918740)<br />Discharge: 353<br />Height: 3.23
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-06-13 MO Shoal Creek Grand Falls (B) Schermerhorn Park Total trip distance: 7.5 miles7.5 Good None NoneNone Crowder, MelissaCrowder, Melissa Easy floating, no dragging. Crowded with floaters and beaches.Easy floating, no dragging. Crowded with floaters and beaches. USGS Gauge Data:
Joplin (07187000)
Discharge: 765
Height: 3.54
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Joplin (07187000)<br />Discharge: 765<br />Height: 3.54
Source: CrowderSource: Crowder
Click for details2020-06-12 MO Flat Creek MO 39 Rt EE Total trip distance: 6.5 miles6.5 Good None NoneNone Feistner, John
Feistner, Sharon
Osborn, Clan
Feistner, John; Feistner, Sharon; Osborn, Clan
Water was excellent for floating. Very clear. Took us about 4.5 hours with a stop for lunch and a couple of other stops. A few down trees where care was needed. Lower water would cause some issues with wide, shallow areas. Several people fishing and catching some smallmouth.Water was excellent for floating. Very clear. Took us about 4.5 hours with a stop for lunch and a couple of other stops. A few down trees where care was needed. Lower water would cause some issues with wide, shallow areas. Several people fishing and catching some smallmouth. USGS Gauge Data:
Jenkins (07052820)
Discharge: 314
Height: 4.42
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Jenkins (07052820)<br />Discharge: 314<br />Height: 4.42
Source: FeistnerSource: Feistner
Click for details2020-06-06 MO Big Sugar Creek Cyclone Sugar Island Total trip distance: 9.4 miles9.4 Good None NoneNone Crowder, MelissaCrowder, Melissa Much slower than previous weekend. Still floatable but slower. Dragging was avoidable.Much slower than previous weekend. Still floatable but slower. Dragging was avoidable. USGS Gauge Data:
Powell (07188653)
Discharge: 182
Height: 5.88
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Powell (07188653)<br />Discharge: 182<br />Height: 5.88
Source: CrowderSource: Crowder
Click for details2020-06-05 MO Jacks Fork River Allen Branch (B) Alley Spring Total trip distance: 32.5 miles4.7 Good 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: 421
Height: 3.38
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Alley Spring (07065495)<br />Discharge: 421<br />Height: 3.38
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-06-05 MO Jacks Fork River Ebb and Flow Bay Creek Total trip distance: 11.0 miles11.0 Good 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: 161
Height: 1.78
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Mountain View (07065200)<br />Discharge: 161<br />Height: 1.78
Source: BraySource: Bray
Click for details2020-06-04 MO Jacks Fork River Lost Hollow (B) Allen Branch (B) Total trip distance: 32.5 miles12.3 Good 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: 447
Height: 3.44
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Alley Spring (07065495)<br />Discharge: 447<br />Height: 3.44
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-06-03 MO Jacks Fork River VFW Campground (A) Lost Hollow (B) Total trip distance: 32.5 miles11.2 Good 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 you 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 you 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: 163
Height: 1.79
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Mountain View (07065200)<br />Discharge: 163<br />Height: 1.79
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-06-02 MO Jacks Fork River Prongs VFW Campground (A) Total trip distance: 32.5 miles4.3 Good 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: 183
Height: 1.89
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Mountain View (07065200)<br />Discharge: 183<br />Height: 1.89
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-05-31 MO Finley River Johns Ford Road Reed Road Total trip distance: 6.5 miles6.5 Good Fair SMBSMB Edmond, Brian
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Bre
Van Someren, Tom
Edmond, Brian; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Bre; Van Someren, Tom
The water level was perfect for this float. There were a few tricky places and one portage around a log jam but nothing was particularly dangerous or difficult, even for beginners. At this level, the water is fast and clear.The water level was perfect for this float. There were a few tricky places and one portage around a log jam but nothing was particularly dangerous or difficult, even for beginners. At this level, the water is fast and clear. USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 745
Height: 2.80
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 745<br />Height: 2.80
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-05-31 MO Jacks Fork River Buck Hollow Rymers Total trip distance: 9.4 miles9.4 Good Great RB
SMB
RB, SMB
Barton, Brooke
Pendergraft, Jonathan
Pendergraft, Laurel
Barton, Brooke; Pendergraft, Jonathan; Pendergraft, Laurel
Beautiful day on the river with the family. Caught a ton of rock bass along the boulders and smallmouth in the edges of the current.Beautiful day on the river with the family. Caught a ton of rock bass along the boulders and smallmouth in the edges of the current. USGS Gauge Data:
Mountain View (07065200)
Discharge: 253
Height: 2.20
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Mountain View (07065200)<br />Discharge: 253<br />Height: 2.20
Source: BartonSource: Barton
Click for details2020-05-30 MO Big Sugar Creek Creekside Pineville Total trip distance: 17.2 miles17.2 Good None NoneNone Crowder, MelissaCrowder, Melissa Very good float. This did run quickly but the way was open and the water was only a little turbid.Very good float. This did run quickly but the way was open and the water was only a little turbid. USGS Gauge Data:
Powell (07188653)
Discharge: 341
Height: 6.42
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Powell (07188653)<br />Discharge: 341<br />Height: 6.42
Source: CrowderSource: Crowder
Click for details2020-05-24 MO Woods Fork Woods Fork Road North Bull Creek Total trip distance: 8.7 miles6.2 Low 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
Click for details2020-05-24 MO Bull Creek Woods Fork Dry Hollow Road Total trip distance: 8.7 miles2.5 Good 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 details2020-05-21 MO Finley River US 160 US 160 Total trip distance: 1.5 miles1.5 High Good RB
SMB
RB, SMB
Van Someren, TomVan Someren, Tom Paddled upstream 3/4 of a mile against a pretty strong current to the long deep pool that's basically the same distance below Riverdale dam. Fished for two hours, finally catching eight smallmouth and goggle eye of various sizes around dusk. Each time I've fished this large pool there have been large gar routinely jumping out of the water and splashing about. Sometimes it gets annoying it's so frequent. Note: Getting kayaks and equipment in and out of this spot isn't very fun at all. The roar of traffic continually blowing by is very nerve-wracking and quite unsettling.Paddled upstream 3/4 of a mile against a pretty strong current to the long deep pool that's basically the same distance below Riverdale dam. Fished for two hours, finally catching eight smallmouth and goggle eye of various sizes around dusk. Each time I've fished this large pool there have been large gar routinely jumping out of the water and splashing about. Sometimes it gets annoying it's so frequent.

Note: Getting kayaks and equipment in and out of this spot isn't very fun at all. The roar of traffic continually blowing by is very nerve-wracking and quite unsettling. USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 894
Height: 3.06
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 894<br />Height: 3.06
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2020-05-17 MO Wilson Creek Roundtree Old Limey Road Total trip distance: 6.0 miles6.0 Good Poor RSFRSF Barton, Adam
Barton, Brooke
Brumfield, Josh
Brumfield, Rachel
Pendergraft, Jonathan
Pendergraft, Laurel
Barton, Adam; Barton, Brooke; Brumfield, Josh; Brumfield, Rachel; Pendergraft, Jonathan; Pendergraft, Laurel
The creek was up and flowing quite well. Not sure if it classifies as "high" but it was moving at a good clip. Most gravel bars were covered and there was one tree down in the creek that had to be portaged around. We put in at the bike trail just downstream from the wastewater treatment plant and floated down through Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. This float is very scenic and gives you the opportunity to see a different side of the park. The takeout at Limey Road is a bit tricky since its at the end of a shoal.The creek was up and flowing quite well. Not sure if it classifies as USGS Gauge Data:
Battlefield (07052160)
Discharge: 448
Height: 3.78
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Battlefield (07052160)<br />Discharge: 448<br />Height: 3.78
Source: BartonSource: Barton
Click for details2020-05-14 MO Bull Creek Red Bridge Road Goodnight Hollow Total trip distance: 9.4 miles9.4 High Poor SMBSMB Barton, Adam
Kromrey, Mike
Simmons, Dillan
Wheeler, Seth
Barton, Adam; Kromrey, Mike; Simmons, Dillan; Wheeler, Seth
The river was EXTREMELY fun at this level, but only if your head was on a swivel at all times. We averaged about 3.5 mph for the trip and had many class II rapids to run between Dry Hollow Road and Goodnight Hollow. Would recommend this float with the gauge at 800 cfs or higher due to large boulders and some low-water bridges in play. This section has many trees down as well, so its recommended for experienced paddlers only. Beautiful views though and a shuttle time of 35 minutes due to the aforementioned low-water crossings being impassable.The river was EXTREMELY fun at this level, but only if your head was on a swivel at all times. We averaged about 3.5 mph for the trip and had many class II rapids to run between Dry Hollow Road and Goodnight Hollow. Would recommend this float with the gauge at 800 cfs or higher due to large boulders and some low-water bridges in play. This section has many trees down as well, so its recommended for experienced paddlers only. Beautiful views though and a shuttle time of 35 minutes due to the aforementioned low-water crossings being impassable. USGS Gauge Data:
Walnut Shade (07053810)
Discharge: 1000
Height: 4.81
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Walnut Shade (07053810)<br />Discharge: 1000<br />Height: 4.81
Source: BartonSource: Barton
Click for details2020-05-10 MO Little Sac River FR 129 Rt O Total trip distance: 4.0 miles4.0 Good Poor FWDFWD Barton, Adam
Barton, Brooke
Brumfield, Josh
Brumfield, Rachel
Pendergraft, Jonathan
Pendergraft, Laurel
Barton, Adam; Barton, Brooke; Brumfield, Josh; Brumfield, Rachel; Pendergraft, Jonathan; Pendergraft, Laurel
No notes for this trip<i>No notes for this trip</i> USGS Gauge Data:
Morrisville (06918740)
Discharge: 409
Height: 3.39
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Morrisville (06918740)<br />Discharge: 409<br />Height: 3.39
Source: BartonSource: Barton
Click for details2020-05-06 MO Little Niangua River Cedar Camp Banister Hollow Total trip distance: 3.7 miles3.7 Good None NoneNone Bacorn, Benjamin
Bacorn, Nathan
Bacorn, Tausha
Fletcher, Joshua
Fletcher, Stacey
Ingram, Annabelle
Ingram, Eric
Ingram, EJ
Ingram, Shaundra
Bacorn, Benjamin; Bacorn, Nathan; Bacorn, Tausha; Fletcher, Joshua; Fletcher, Stacey; Ingram, Annabelle; Ingram, Eric; Ingram, EJ; Ingram, Shaundra
The CFS was 311 and depth was 6.2. It was perfect for kayaking with little debris and no dragging. There are some beautiful caves up on the left around a big bend before you reach conservation land that you can go in and explore!The CFS was 311 and depth was 6.2. It was perfect for kayaking with little debris and no dragging. There are some beautiful caves up on the left around a big bend before you reach conservation land that you can go in and explore! USGS Gauge Data:
Macks Creek (06925250)
Discharge: 288
Height: 5.86
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Macks Creek (06925250)<br />Discharge: 288<br />Height: 5.86
Source: IngramSource: Ingram
Click for details2020-05-02 MO Finley River Johns Ford Road Reed Road Total trip distance: 6.5 miles6.5 Good Poor RB
SMB
RB, SMB
Bartlett, Renee
Jones, Marianne
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Bartlett, Renee; Jones, Marianne; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
An absolutely perfect day, with excellent water flow and stream clarity the whole way. Got in at 11:40 and took out at 18:30, stopping for two lazy lunches on shady gravel bars. The nasty snarl just below Jackson Spring needs more work done on it, due to a large tree completely crossing the river obstructing the navigable path. The Pedelo Creek snarl area has another minor tree obstruction that a chainsaw would make quick work of. Note: Ed Underwood, the property owner at the Reed Road take-out spot, has gated his entrance to the river. He hasn't begun locking the gate yet, only utilizing a loose chain looped into a slot on the movable gate. Speaking with another person who also parked on the property, he said Ed put the gate up since the Linden property owners had closed that access to the public. He said Ed would continue allowing access to the river so long as it didn't get crazy or out of hand. I think it's only a matter of time, though, before idiots will ruin Reed Road as a usable access to the Finley.An absolutely perfect day, with excellent water flow and stream clarity the whole way. Got in at 11:40 and took out at 18:30, stopping for two lazy lunches on shady gravel bars. The nasty snarl just below Jackson Spring needs more work done on it, due to a large tree completely crossing the river obstructing the navigable path. The Pedelo Creek snarl area has another minor tree obstruction that a chainsaw would make quick work of. Note: Ed Underwood, the property owner at the Reed Road take-out spot, has gated his entrance to the river. He hasn't begun locking the gate yet, only utilizing a loose chain looped into a slot on the movable gate. Speaking with another person who also parked on the property, he said Ed put the gate up since the Linden property owners had closed that access to the public. He said Ed would continue allowing access to the river so long as it didn't get crazy or out of hand. I think it's only a matter of time, though, before idiots will ruin Reed Road as a usable access to the Finley. USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 573
Height: 2.46
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 573<br />Height: 2.46
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2020-05-01 MO Little Sac River Rt O FR 105 Total trip distance: 6.2 miles6.2 Good None NoneNone Bartlett, Stephanie
Edmond, Brian
Bartlett, Stephanie; Edmond, Brian
This was a great half-day float (we started at 1300 hours) and spent the whole afternoon on the river. We collected a couple of feed sacks full of Scouring Rush to plant along the creek banks at my house. The place we took the boats out was along FR 105 at the rip-rap and it was a hassle. I didn't check out the little spit of land just beyond here that has road access. I don't recall a place where you can haul out boats but it deserves further inspection.This was a great half-day float (we started at 1300 hours) and spent the whole afternoon on the river. We collected a couple of feed sacks full of Scouring Rush to plant along the creek banks at my house. The place we took the boats out was along FR 105 at the rip-rap and it was a hassle. I didn't check out the little spit of land just beyond here that has road access. I don't recall a place where you can haul out boats but it deserves further inspection. USGS Gauge Data:
Morrisville (06918740)
Discharge: 629
Height: 3.98
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Morrisville (06918740)<br />Discharge: 629<br />Height: 3.98
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-05-01 MO Bull Creek Woods Fork Dry Hollow Road Total trip distance: 5.5 miles2.5 Good 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 details2020-05-01 MO Woods Fork Busiek Bull Creek Total trip distance: 5.5 miles3.0 Good 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 details2020-04-21 MO Beaver Creek Bradleyville Sam Day Road Total trip distance: 4.5 miles4.5 Good None NoneNone Bartlett, Renee
Jones, Marianne
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Bartlett, Renee; Jones, Marianne; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
This is the float that will forever be known as the "Fuck the Beaver" float. It begins with a huge sinkhole full of mud near the put in requiring a portage of 50 yards or so to the water. (Note: walking thru the sinkhole may result in the loss of your shoes.) Just downriver from the put in, a downed tree makes a tricky obstacle. We ended up with two boats tipped over. Otherwise, this was a quick, pretty stretch of river with only one or two other minor obstacles, the last of which claimed my hat, sunglasses and lawn chair. Fishing is unknown since my new birthday pole was broken in 3 pieces on this float. This section was fairly busy with multiple groups of floaters. However, we did find a nice shaded gravel bar for a wonderful lunch. In addition, there were lots of long, low water level stretches that did not require portage at this level but that might make this section less than ideal at a lower level.This is the float that will forever be known as the USGS Gauge Data:
Bradleyville (07054080)
Discharge: 511
Height: 3.81
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Bradleyville (07054080)<br />Discharge: 511<br />Height: 3.81
Source: BartlettSource: Bartlett
Click for details2020-04-08 MO Flat Creek Rt EE Flat Creek Road Total trip distance: 5.5 miles5.5 Good Poor SMBSMB Edmond, Brian
Eth, Joe
Gaunt, Jay
Haun, Korey
Jones, Marianne
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Edmond, Brian; Eth, Joe; Gaunt, Jay; Haun, Korey; Jones, Marianne; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
The water was high and flowing well but still mostly clear. There were no serious obstacles on this stretch. Several other groups were seen on the river this day, some of whom were in their own floating parties. We started around 1300 hours and were off the river by 1730 despite a few fairly lengthy breaks.The water was high and flowing well but still mostly clear. There were no serious obstacles on this stretch. Several other groups were seen on the river this day, some of whom were in their own floating parties. We started around 1300 hours and were off the river by 1730 despite a few fairly lengthy breaks. USGS Gauge Data:
Jenkins (07052820)
Discharge: 650
Height: 5.21
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Jenkins (07052820)<br />Discharge: 650<br />Height: 5.21
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-04-07 MO Bull Creek Goodnight Hollow Walnut Shade Total trip distance: 7.2 miles7.2 High 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 details2020-03-29 MO Niangua River Bennett Spring Barclay Total trip distance: 6.3 miles6.3 High None NoneNone Ingram, Annabelle
Ingram, EJ
Ingram, Eric
Ingram, Isaac
Ingram, Shaundra
Fletcher, JJ
Fletcher, Jacey
Fletcher, Jaxson
Fletcher, John Luke
Fletcher, Joshua
Fletcher, Stacey
Ingram, Annabelle; Ingram, EJ; Ingram, Eric; Ingram, Isaac; Ingram, Shaundra; Fletcher, JJ; Fletcher, Jacey; Fletcher, Jaxson; Fletcher, John Luke; Fletcher, Joshua; Fletcher, Stacey
The CFS was 634 and height was 3.04. Nobody else was on the river, minimal debris, made the trip in 2 hours and 40 minutes!The CFS was 634 and height was 3.04. Nobody else was on the river, minimal debris, made the trip in 2 hours and 40 minutes! USGS Gauge Data:
Windyville (06923250)
Discharge: 749
Height: 3.04
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Windyville (06923250)<br />Discharge: 749<br />Height: 3.04
Source: IngramSource: Ingram
Click for details2020-03-28 MO Little Sac River Rt O FR 115 Total trip distance: 11.7 miles11.7 High Poor NoneNone Bartlett, Renee
Chesnutt, Ethan
Edmond, Alex
Edmond, Brian
Edmond, Julian
Van Someren, Tom
Bartlett, Renee; Chesnutt, Ethan; Edmond, Alex; Edmond, Brian; Edmond, Julian; Van Someren, Tom
The water was high and murky. There were no dangerous obstacles on this stretch but some places were appropriately tricky for any wild river. The wind was troublesome. At times, the south or southwest wind was blowing directly into our faces despite our northward trajectory. This resulted in lost time and an unusual amount of corrective paddling which wore us out for such a long trip, despite the fast current.The water was high and murky. There were no dangerous obstacles on this stretch but some places were appropriately tricky for any wild river. The wind was troublesome. At times, the south or southwest wind was blowing directly into our faces despite our northward trajectory. This resulted in lost time and an unusual amount of corrective paddling which wore us out for such a long trip, despite the fast current. USGS Gauge Data:
Morrisville (06918740)
Discharge: 799
Height: 4.40
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Morrisville (06918740)<br />Discharge: 799<br />Height: 4.40
Source: EdmondSource: Edmond
Click for details2020-02-29 MO Finley River Johns Ford Road Reed Road Total trip distance: 6.5 miles6.5 Good None NoneNone Bartlett, Renee
Haun, Korey
Van Someren, Andrea
Van Someren, Tom
Bartlett, Renee; Haun, Korey; Van Someren, Andrea; Van Someren, Tom
This was a GREAT float! The perfect water level with crystal clear visibility and fantastic weather for the last day of February. Korey smoked ribs the evening before and they were awesome! I spent the day before clearing a couple of minor snarls to give us an unobstructed trip the entire way.This was a GREAT float! The perfect water level with crystal clear visibility and fantastic weather for the last day of February. Korey smoked ribs the evening before and they were awesome! I spent the day before clearing a couple of minor snarls to give us an unobstructed trip the entire way. USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 472
Height: 2.22
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 472<br />Height: 2.22
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2020-02-24 MO Finley River Johns Ford Road Reed Road Total trip distance: 6.5 miles6.5 Good None NoneNone Haun, Korey
Van Someren, Tom
Haun, Korey; Van Someren, Tom
Korey and I got a late start on this trip (1400 hours), but still easily finished just after 1700 hours. The water level was okay with plenty of current, but we still found areas where our boats scraped over some shallow gravel bar-ish spots. The river has managed to self-clear nearly all previous non-navigable obstructions through this section. Only one snarl (just below Patterson Spring) presents some challenge getting through, yet can be avoided with an easy portage around it. Didn't see one fish in the stream the entire trip.Korey and I got a late start on this trip (1400 hours), but still easily finished just after 1700 hours. The water level was okay with plenty of current, but we still found areas where our boats scraped over some shallow gravel bar-ish spots. The river has managed to self-clear nearly all previous non-navigable obstructions through this section. Only one snarl (just below Patterson Spring) presents some challenge getting through, yet can be avoided with an easy portage around it. Didn't see one fish in the stream the entire trip. USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 366
Height: 1.99
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 366<br />Height: 1.99
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren
Click for details2020-01-27 MO Bull Creek Goodnight Hollow Walnut Shade Total trip distance: 7.2 miles7.2 Good 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 details2020-01-27 MO James River Southwood Southwood Total trip distance: 1.0 miles1.0 Good None NoneNone Bartlett, ReneeBartlett, Renee With my normal Monday activities sidelined, it was a perfect weather day to get on the water. I paddled up to the Nature Center and back. I was the only one on the water and other than the constant noise of US 65, it was a quiet trip.With my normal Monday activities sidelined, it was a perfect weather day to get on the water. I paddled up to the Nature Center and back. I was the only one on the water and other than the constant noise of US 65, it was a quiet trip. USGS Gauge Data:
Springfield (07050700)
Discharge: 388
Height: 5.86
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Springfield (07050700)<br />Discharge: 388<br />Height: 5.86
Source: BartlettSource: Bartlett
Click for details2020-01-05 MO Finley River Johns Ford Road Reed Road Total trip distance: 6.5 miles6.5 Good None NoneNone Van Someren, TomVan Someren, Tom On a whim, I decided to make use of the 55 degree January day and the good water level to find out how many obstructions had possibly formed along this section. Getting started late (at 14:45) I only had 2 hours of daylight to complete this 6.5 mile, but managed to finish before dark. The first obstruction (37.034948 -93.046506) is .25 miles above Patterson Spring inlet. Two trees cross the river and could be removed with some difficulty. The second obstruction (37.041540 -93.048854) is just below Patterson Spring and is more of a navigable snarl. The last obstruction is just above Pedelo Creek. Two more trees cross the river here and could be more easily removed than the first blockage upstream.On a whim, I decided to make use of the 55 degree January day and the good water level to find out how many obstructions had possibly formed along this section. Getting started late (at 14:45) I only had 2 hours of daylight to complete this 6.5 mile, but managed to finish before dark.

The first obstruction (37.034948  -93.046506) is .25 miles above Patterson Spring inlet. Two trees cross the river and could be removed with some difficulty.
The second obstruction (37.041540 -93.048854) is just below Patterson Spring and is more of a navigable snarl. The last obstruction is just above Pedelo Creek. Two more trees cross the river here and could be more easily removed than the first blockage upstream. USGS Gauge Data:
Riverdale (07052345)
Discharge: 274
Height: 1.75
<b>USGS Gauge Data:</b></br />Riverdale (07052345)<br />Discharge: 274<br />Height: 1.75
Source: Van SomerenSource: Van Someren

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Miles421
Trips66
Rivers25
Countries2
States4
People90
Dates60
Years1
Months12
Rows76
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