Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in Missouri

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Missouri. Use this list to plan your next Missouri flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Eleven Point River: Thomasville to MO 142

    3 Reviews

    Alton, MO

    The Eleven Point begins as a series of small creeks that unite just to the west of Thomasville, Missouri. One of the many theories about how the Eleven Point was named holds that 11 small creeks ...
    •  4 sections range from 3 to 9 hours
    •  44.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Eleven Point begins as a series of small creeks that unite just to the west of Thomasville, Missouri. One of the many ...

  • #2 Council Bluff Lake Trail

    9 Reviews

    Potosi, MO

    Council Bluff Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Washington County and Iron County, Missouri. It is 11.6 miles long and begins at 1,091 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 23.2 miles with ...
    •  11.6 miles

    Council Bluff Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Washington County and Iron County, Missouri. It is 11.6 miles long and begins ...

  • #3 Current River: Cedargrove to Gooseneck Landing

    3 Reviews

    Eminence, MO

    The Current River begins near Licking, Missouri, and flows southeast for 133 miles to its confluence with the Black River in Arkansas. The Current River is blessed with more springs than any ...
    •  7 sections range from 2.5 to 12 hours
    •  96.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Current River begins near Licking, Missouri, and flows southeast for 133 miles to its confluence with the Black River ...

  • #4 Jack's Fork River: The Prongs to the Current River

    0 Reviews

    Mountain View , MO

    The Jack’s Fork Rive, the major tributary of the Current River, offers approximately 46 miles of canoeable water. The two rivers make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, administered by the ...
    •  6 sections range from 2 to 6 hours
    •  53.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Jack’s Fork Rive, the major tributary of the Current River, offers approximately 46 miles of canoeable water. The two ...

  • #5 Bryant's Creek: Bell School Low-Water Bridge (MO 95) to Norfork Lake

    0 Reviews

    Gentryville, MO

    Bryant’s Creek is a relatively untamed stream that begins north of MO 76 in Douglas County and flows approximately 40 miles to Norfork Lake. It is spring-fed but lacks the volume found on many ...
    •  3 sections range from 3 to 5 hours
    •  27.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Bryant’s Creek is a relatively untamed stream that begins north of MO 76 in Douglas County and flows approximately 40 miles ...

  • #6 Big Creek: Des Arc to the Ford at Sam A. Baker State Park

    0 Reviews

    Patterson, MO

    This quiet little tributary of the St. Francis is not a whitewater run; however, this creek has many things going for it. Located near the southern end of the St. Francois Mountains, it flows ...
    •  6 hours
    •  9.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This quiet little tributary of the St. Francis is not a whitewater run; however, this creek has many things going for it. ...

  • #7 Black River-Lesterville Access to Hwy K Bridge

    0 Reviews

    Lesterville, MO

    A favorite run for the area’s floaters, these pretty 11.5-miles offer swift current and more culture than solitude, including frequent rope swings and the occasional ATV stuck in gravel. By ...
    •  5-8 hours
    •  3.3-11.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A favorite run for the area’s floaters, these pretty 11.5-miles offer swift current and more culture than solitude, including ...

  • #8 Council Bluff Lake

    0 Reviews

    Potosi, MO

    The unofficial council (me and some other folks I know) has spoken and this is the prettiest lake in Mark Twain National Forest. Created by a dam on the upper Big River, the lake can be paddled ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    The unofficial council (me and some other folks I know) has spoken and this is the prettiest lake in Mark Twain National ...

  • #9 James River-Kerr to Cox

    0 Reviews

    Galena, MO

    Supposedly, the whole idea of Ozark float trips started on the James River around Galena, MO, sometime in the early twentieth century. In 1958 Table Rock Reservoir flooded 125 river miles to ...
    •  2-4 hours
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Supposedly, the whole idea of Ozark float trips started on the James River around Galena, MO, sometime in the early twentieth ...

  • #10 Meramec River-Sappington Bridge to Meramec State Park

    0 Reviews

    Sullivan, MO

    The highlights of this pleasant 4.5-mile float on the middle Meramec include sporadic bluffs and Green’s Cave. View the dramatic opening, one of the largest in the country, and hike up to ...
    •  3-4 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The highlights of this pleasant 4.5-mile float on the middle Meramec include sporadic bluffs and Green’s Cave. View the ...

  • #11 Big Creek-County Rd. 163 to Sam A. Baker State Park

    0 Reviews

    Des Arc, MO

    One of those best-kept secrets that many area paddlers seem to know about but few ever visit. One reason may be the narrow winter and spring season; the other may be the remote location. Catch ...
    •  3-5 hours
    •  6.7 miles
    •  Guide

    One of those best-kept secrets that many area paddlers seem to know about but few ever visit. One reason may be the narrow ...

  • #12 Current River-Pulltite to Round Spring

    0 Reviews

    Eminence, MO

    A 9-mile class I float with on-river access to Pulltite Spring and the preserved historic Pulltite Cabin. Combine with the previous chapter, camp at Pulltite, and toss in a ranger-led lantern ...
    •  4-6 hours
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A 9-mile class I float with on-river access to Pulltite Spring and the preserved historic Pulltite Cabin. Combine with ...

  • #13 Jacks Fork-Buck Hollow to Rymers

    0 Reviews

    Mountain View, MO

    With a canyon-like valley, the Jacks Fork is a highlight of the Missouri Ozarks. Jam Up Cave has arguably the most dramatic cave entrance in the state and is found on this 9.4-mile run through ...
    •  4-6 hours
    •  2.5-9.2 miles
    •  Guide

    With a canyon-like valley, the Jacks Fork is a highlight of the Missouri Ozarks. Jam Up Cave has arguably the most dramatic ...

  • #14 Shoal Creek-Tipton Ford to Wildcat

    0 Reviews

    Joplin, MO

    Here is an adventurous creek that tells you exactly what it offers—shoals and ledges ranging from a few inches tall to one that’s 6-foot high. Yet still, this 6.9-mile Joplin-area run flows under ...
    •  3-5 hours
    •  6.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Here is an adventurous creek that tells you exactly what it offers—shoals and ledges ranging from a few inches tall to one ...

  • #15 Eleven Point River-Cane Bluff to Greer and Riverton to MO-142

    0 Reviews

    Alton, MO

    The 6.7 miles above Greer and the 8.7 below Riverton can be paddled as day trips, or better yet, combined with Greer to Riverton to produce an excellent 25- to 35-mile multiday trip. One of the ...
    •  3-5 hours
    •  6.7-8.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The 6.7 miles above Greer and the 8.7 below Riverton can be paddled as day trips, or better yet, combined with Greer to Riverton ...

  • #16 Eleven Point River-Greer Crossing to Riverton

    0 Reviews

    Alton, MO

    A classic overnight paddling trip in the Missouri Ozarks, offering many float-in river camps, countless cold water springs, sporty riffles, and a persistent fog, which lends the river a Mark ...
    •  8-10 hours
    •  19 miles
    •  Guide

    A classic overnight paddling trip in the Missouri Ozarks, offering many float-in river camps, countless cold water springs, ...

  • #17 Huzzah Creek-Westover Road to Huzzah Valley Resort

    0 Reviews

    Steelville, MO

    Known as a party river, this upper 5.9-mile run captures an excellent clear-water stream. Less crowded in spring, regular rains can keep this running into summer when it tends to fill in. A ...
    •  4-5 hours
    •  5.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Known as a party river, this upper 5.9-mile run captures an excellent clear-water stream. Less crowded in spring, regular ...

  • #18 Gasconade River-Roubidoux to Riddle Bridge

    0 Reviews

    Waynesville, MO

    The Gasconade is the longest river contained entirely within the state of Missouri. With an expansive watershed, there is almost always enough water to paddle—sometimes too much due to flooding, ...
    •  5-7 hours
    •  13.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Gasconade is the longest river contained entirely within the state of Missouri. With an expansive watershed, there is ...

  • #19 Big River-Washington State Park to Mammoth

    0 Reviews

    Desoto, MO

    Some dismiss the Big River as too slow, too flat, or too populated to paddle, but this section, only an hour drive from St. Louis is worth a visit. This 6.5-mile float includes a moderate ...
    •  1-5 hours
    •  3.2-6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Some dismiss the Big River as too slow, too flat, or too populated to paddle, but this section, only an hour drive from St. ...

  • #20 North Fork White-Hammond Camp to Blair Bridge

    0 Reviews

    Gainesville, MO

    The first half of this 10.2-mile class II run is near-wilderness rivaling any river in the Ozarks. Along the way, enjoy cool, clear waters fed by Blue, North Fork, and Rainbow Springs. The ...
    •  4-6 hours
    •  10.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The first half of this 10.2-mile class II run is near-wilderness rivaling any river in the Ozarks. Along the way, enjoy cool, ...