St Francis River SR H Bridge to Captain Creek Junction

Frederickton, Missouri

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The St. Francis River rises from the foothills north of Elephant Rocks State Park and flows northeast before turning south outside of Farmington. It offers paddlers some of the most challenging whitewater in the state of Missouri, with rapids up to class IV in difficulty. Paddlers can expect a river that is unlike most streams in the Missouri Ozarks because it flows through the St. Francois Mountains, some of the oldest and most stubborn igneous bedrock in the area. By the time the river encounters igneous rock outcroppings, it has a sizable watershed. The western character of the St. Francis River is very apparent when you put-in on the river. In the first section, the current moves swiftly over rocky shoals and drops that fine tune your paddling skills for the more difficult shut-in section, where class III–IV rapids and spectacular scenery await. The final section of the river is more of a float stream with good scenery, especially in the small shut-in section below SR E. Good water quality and stark rock formations make the St. Francis a near-perfect river.
A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks

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A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks

by Tom Kennon (Menasha Ridge Press)

The St. Francis River rises from the foothills north of Elephant Rocks State Park and flows northeast before turning south outside of Farmington. It offers paddlers some of the most challenging whitewater in the state of Missouri, with rapids up to class IV in difficulty. Paddlers can expect a river that is unlike most streams in the Missouri Ozarks because it flows through the St. Francois Mountains, some of the oldest and most stubborn igneous bedrock in the area. By the time the river encounters igneous rock outcroppings, it has a sizable watershed.

The western character of the St. Francis River is very apparent when you put-in on the river. In the first section, the current moves swiftly over rocky shoals and drops that fine tune your paddling skills for the more difficult shut-in section, where class III–IV rapids and spectacular scenery await. The final section of the river is more of a float stream with good scenery, especially in the small shut-in section below SR E. Good water quality and stark rock formations make the St. Francis a near-perfect river.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Frederickton
Distance: 23.6
Duration: 3 sections range from 3 to 6 hours
Class: Class I-III
Local Contacts: Mark Twain National Forest, Rock Pile Mountain Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Wachita Mountain, Rhodes Mountain, Rockpile Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to St. Francis River: SR H Bridge to Captain Creek Junction

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