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Difficulty I(II)
Length 17 Miles
Gauge North River at Palmyra, MO
Flow Range 12 - 7000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 117 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/29/2005 1:08 am

River Description

North river runs east through Palmyra, Missouri and eventually into the Mississippi River. From the put in point on County Road 530 to the take out on Hwy.61 it's a normally class I float of around 17 miles. During the spring and at high water, North River becomes a class II with some good waves.

The only hazard to mention is the presence of a low-head dam just before the take out. You'll recognize it upstream by noticing large round "buildings" on either side of the dam itself. At normal water levels, water does not spill over the entire length of the dam, only on the river right side. The river right bank is too steep to take out above the dam so you'll be forced to take out well upstream on river left and portage around the dam. In order to gain access to a road that is ideal for a take out, you'll have to put back in below the dam and ferry to the river right side for a smooth takeout on a gravel bar at low water. At higher water the road may be inaccessible and you're only option is to take out directly under the bridge for Hwy.61. Usually the upstream side of the bridge is most convenient.

Hwy 168 is another good put-in for a shorter float (about 11 miles to take out), and a shorter less dusty ride since it's all pavement to that point.

Rapid Descriptions


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9 years ago

I don't see County Rd. 530 crossing this stream on any of the maps. Are roads mislabeled or ? (I see the road at the put-in labeled as County Road 234.) Also, as mentioned in the other comment, the length of the listed river segment (as measured on GoogleMaps) is 9.6 miles, indeed well short of the listed 17 miles. Clinton: could you look into this and make appropriate changes?

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9 years ago

ran this in November at 70-80cfs did some walking but was fun and worth it. Did notice no parking on hwy 168 so we went to crd 530. I still question the milage we ran this right at 6hrs.

Gage Descriptions

The gauge is located just off the Hwy 61 bridge which makes a good takeout spot.

A good rule of thumb is that when the gauge reads anything over 12 cfs (9.40 feet) you're probably going to be ok to float. You'll have to get out and walk on a few of the riffles upstream, but as you continute downstream you gain some volume to float the rest of the way.

Directions Description

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