canoing, rivers

“MISSOURI” means “Big Canoe”

Missouri gets its name from a tribe of Sioux Indians of the state called the Missouris. The word “Missouri” often has been construed to mean “muddy water” but the Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology has stated it means “town of the large canoes,” and authorities have said the Indian syllables from which the word comes mean “wooden canoe people” or “he of the big canoe.”

A few friends are gathering this next week  for an an adventure trip in Missouri on one of the best rivers in the Ozarks.

Here is the mile marker map for one amazing sceinic river trip.

Eleven Point River – Mile-By-Mile Description

9.3 Cane Bluff. Access and picnic area.
12.3 Spring Creek enters on left.
14.8 McCormack Hollow on left. Lake, fishing, spring and picnic area about one mile up Hollow, administrated by U.S. Forest Service.

16.0 Greer Spring Branch.
16.6 State Hwy. 19 Bridge. Campsites and put-in. Trail to Greer Spring 0.75 mile up hill.
19.5 Little Hurricane Creek on right. 20.0 Mary Decker Shoals. Rapids. 20.5 Hurricane Creek enters on left.

21.5 Turner’s Mill and spring. Location is also known as Surprise. Access on both sides of river. Camping on south side only.

22.0 Stinking Pond float camp on left.

26.5 Horseshoe Bend

27.0 Barn Hollow float camp on left. Bliss Spring just downstream.
28.5 White Creek float camp on left.
31.0 Greenbriar float camp on left.
33.4 Boze Mill Spring on left. River valley begins to widen here. Camping. No access. 33.7 River divides. Right channel usually best and provides a fast run over a ledge.

35.7 Riverton and Hwy. 160 Bridge. Access east side, picnic on west side beneath bridge only. No camping either side.

Pics to follow next week.



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