On the North Fork River, near West Plains, Missouri
North Fork Float Trips
Canoe, Raft, Kayak or Tube

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canoe north fork riverPlease review our Trip Table below

From a few hours to a few days, you're sure to find the trip you want!
Distances shown below are between put-in and take-out locations. The average times shown for a float are based upon normal water conditions and include some breaks for play or fishing.  Figure about 3 miles per hour when paddling normally and about 2 miles per hour if you stop for fishing or swimming.

All floats are subject to availability. Time restraints may apply.
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SHORT TRIPS: 5 MILES

Trip 1: 5 Miles / 3 to 4 Hours
Twin Bridges to Hammond

A beautiful morning or afternoon trip Sights include bluffs, nice gravel bars, swimming holes, and a Bat cave (a sanctuary for an endangered species). Spring Creek joins the North Fork just below the Old Culvert Bridge. Take out is just below the Highway CC bridge on the left at Hammond Camp (North Fork Access).

Trip 2: 5 Miles / 3 to 4 Hours, or as long as you like!
Hebron to Twin Bridges

A good trip for those who prefer to drift and not have to worry about time; because you end at Twin Bridges you can take out whenever you want. Put in is at Hebron conservation access. There are many bluffs and deep pools for swimming or fishing (this is an excellent stretch for smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fishing). Take out at Twin Bridges on the left above the Highway 14 bridge.

ONE DAY FLOATS: 8 TO 15 MILES

Trip 3: 15 Miles / 7 to 8 Hours
Twin Bridges to Blair Bridge

This is our most popular one day trip. You may leave Twin Bridges anytime before 9:00 am. Sights include Bat Cave, Blue Spring (average. daily flow 7,000,000 gal./day) which pours out of the East Bluff one half mile past Hammond Camp and is the most popular swimming spot on the river, Rainbow Springs (spring is on private property), The Falls (2 foot drop stay close to the right bank or go far left), bluffs and gravel bars, and beautiful clear water. Take out past Blair Bridge on the left at the cement boat ramp.

Trip 4: 10 Miles / 5 to 6 Hours
Hammond to Blair Bridge

This is a comfortable one day trip in the latter part of the summer. Sights include Blue Spring (foot path around it is the beginning of the 26 mile Ridge Runner Hiking trail which ends at Noblett Lake), Rainbow Springs (5th largest spring in Mo. with ave. daily flow of 137,000,000 gallons). and the Falls. Excellent water for trout fishing. Take out past Blair Bridge on the left at the cement boat ramp.

Trip 5: 9 Miles / 5 to 6 Hours, or as long as you like!
Hales Crossing to Twin Bridges

Put in at Hales Crossing Bridge for a comfortable one day trip. This trip also gives you the wilderness flavor. There are nice gravel bars, swimming holes, and good smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fishing on this stretch of river. Shavey hole is a long pool which lends itself to quiet drifting and watching for wildlife. The Blue Heron can often be seen flying along ahead of your canoe. End at Twin Bridges and take out whenever you like!

Trip 6: 8 Miles / 5 to 6 Hours
Blair to Dawt

This is a comfortable one day trip on the lower section of the North Fork. We will transport you to Blair Bridge for put in. You will pass the Patrick Bridge Conservation Campground, Althea Springs (23rd largest in the state), and take out at scenic old Dawt Mill (for your safety, don't run the dam). Take out is on the left side of the river at Dawt Mill.

2-DAY FLOATS: 18 TO 25 MILES

Trip 7: 23 Miles / 12 to 4 Hours
Twin Bridges to Dawt

A popular two day trip. You may take overnight gear and camp along the river, be picked up at the end of the second day. You will see Bat Cave, Blue Spring, Rainbow Spring, Althea Spring, Dawt Mill (for your safety, don't run the dam) and Repeating Riffle (see Trips #3 and #6). Take out is on the left side of the river at Dawt Mill.

Trip 8: 24 Miles / 12 to 14 Hours
Hales Crossing to Blair

This is a good two day trip for those who prefer not to carry gear with them. You may make camp at Twin Bridges (where supplies and hot showers are available), be put in at Hales Crossing and float to camp. The next day you can float from Twin Bridges, be picked up at Blair Bridge and return to camp at Twin Bridges (see Trips #3 and #5). You will get the wilderness flavor of the upper part and the faster water of the lower part.

Trip 9: 18 Miles / 9 to 10 Hours
Topaz to Twin Bridges

A good two day trip for the earlier part of the season. Start at Topaz Mill (built in 1895 (not in operation but in good repair and privately owned), see the Spring Pond which flows into the North Fork (see Trip #5). Take your gear and camp on one of the many gravel bars. This float gives you the feeling of wilderness, beautiful bluffs, small springs, and caves (good chances for observing wildlife). Take out at Twin Bridges.

Trip 10: 18 Miles / 10 to 12 Hours
Hammond to Dawt

In late summer you can count on this being a good two day float. Blue Spring, Rainbow Springs, and Althea Spring provide adequate water even in dry years for an enjoyable trip. For your safety don't run the dam at Dawt Mill (see Trips #4 and #6). You may take your gear and camp on a gravel bar. We will transport you to Hammond Camp (North Fork Access) for put in. Take out is on the left side of the river at Dawt Mill.

NOTE
All trips that do not either start or finish at Twin Bridges are charged an additional $25 fee.
No Glass Bottles are allowed on the river! It's the law! Thanks.


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