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Difficulty IV
Length 1 Miles
Gauge East Fork Black River near Lesterville, MO
Flow Range FT
Flow Rate as of: 44 minutes ago ~ 1.01 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/25/2010 2:25 pm

River Description

(Big Creek tributary) Put-in and take-out are on private property next to roads. Be discreet.

MoCreekin’ has some good info about this and other creek runs in Missouri.

Carver Creek is off Hwy AA, just south of Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. To get to the put-in, begin in Ironton/Arcadia, MO at the intersection of Hwys 72 & 21, go south on Hwy 21 for 8.2 miles to Hwy AA, go right on Hwy AA for 2.2 miles to the Hwy AA bridge on Carver Creek, and park just beyond the bridge at the small pull-off on the right. Don’t block any driveways (with or without mailboxes). Check the gauge on the bridge to see if you have enough water. Walk down the road until you hear the sound of the first drop (about 100 yards) and head for the put-in above the drop.

To get to the take-out, go back on Hwy AA toward Hwy 21 for 1 mile to CR 114 (Victory Baptist Church) and go right on CR 114 for about ½ mile. The road goes down a steep hill and levels out with Carver Creek off to the right. Park off to the side at the place where the creek is next to the road.

Carver Creek was first run in the spring of 1997 by Chris Amelung, Dennis Jones, Greg Brown, and Jerry Schafroth.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

The USGS gauge is a crude indicator for runnability of this small creek. Better to look for 2" of rain within 24 hours at the E Fork Black River & Glover rain gages and look for a sharp rise in the E Fork Black River gage. A paddler’s gauge is on the Hwy AA bridge near the put-in. The gauge is new (1/9/2005) and runnable levels are uncertain -- maybe 1 foot (?). However, the best way to gauge the minimum is to inspect the first drop, about 100 yards downstream from the bridge. The flat shelf at the bottom on the right and the boulder in the run-out should be covered with several inches of water.


  East Fork Black River
Carver Creek @ Hwy AA bridge
Minimum 5.0 1.0
Optimum ? ?
Maximum ? ?

Directions Description

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