NOTE: Jan. 2009 ice storm deposited lots of wood in the creek, creek is currently most likely unrunnable.
This is a great Ozark creek, lots of great scenery and tight drops. Creek runs through private land, please thank any landowners you see. Please do not block the roads or driveways at the put-in. The current landowners on the downstream side of the put-in bridge are very friendly, please respect thier beautiful home.Put-in: Go North on Hwy 43 for 4.8 miles from the intersection of Hwy 103 near Compton. Turn left (Northeast) on a dirt road and follow for 2/3 miles to the bridge over the creek. Osage Creek and Wolf Branch join just above the bridge and there is a 6-ft waterfall just below the bridge.
Take-out: Go across the bridge and turn right (North). Go 2.2 miles and turn right (North) at the tee. Go 3.3 miles and turn right at the bottom of the big hill. Go upstream for 1.1 miles to the bridge. More info at:Osage Creek, Ozark Whitewater Page More photos at:Osage Photo Page
7-ft waterfall to start the day.
Another 'waterfall' over an old dam. Next to the put-in house.
Water funnels into a hole with some trash rocks lurking around.
Trashy rapid with multiple pin potential in the bottom part of the rapid.
A boulder entrance to a sluice/slide past a large pedestal mushroom rock. A very unique feature on any creek.
As the name implies, a 'S' turn rapid with some powerful crosscurrents.
Look for 2" or more rain at the Compton rain gage, as posted on the Buffalo River Rain Gauge Page. Rain must have fallen within the last 6 to 12 hours.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
Joel at Switchback
Magic Mushroom Video
Old Mill Falls
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