Eleven Point, Missouri, US
|Usual Difficulty||I (for normal flows)|
|Eleven Point River near Bardley, MO|
|usgs-07071500||400 - 4000 cfs||I||01h22m||699 cfs (running)|
Barry Joyce shared:
While the Eleven Point would barely rate as a whitewater river, it has enough shoals and fast water to make this a top summertime and float/camp destination.
The normal float, from Greer to Riverton, 19 miles, usually requires you to camp and that discourages many of the obnoxious party paddlers. Along the way, there are several maintained "float camps". Gravel bars are not plentiful, so the early bird gets the worm. Scenery is clean, clear and never tiring, trout fishing is good, producing big trout, and the river serves up numerous rocky shoals with nice waves and chutes. Crystal-clear water, coming mainly from Missouri's 2nd largest spring, Greer Spring, is especially cold for several miles. So this river is really nice for those 90+ degree Summer days. Find a rope swing ... I'm telling you, this is a great American float that is not that well known!
Couple of easy class 2's (Mary Decker Chute and Riverton Rapids), numerous other fun shoals.
The hike to Greer is very rewarding, other springs also (Boze Mill), these are lovely springs. Floating, camping, fishing, hiking, even some caves (See Whites Creek Cave pic).
Missouri Scenic Rivers Resource
Website has detailed maps and descriptions.
A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks (formerly Ozark Whitewater) by Tom Kennon (3rd edition, Menasha Ridge Press) has a good description of the run.
A Paddler's Guide to Missouri (Missouri Department of Conservation, 2003), an updated version of Missouri Ozark Waterways by Oz Hawksley, has good maps.