Best Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing in Missouri

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

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#1. North Fork of the White River: MO 14 (Twin Bridges) to Norfork Lake


The North Fork of the White River begins in the Mark Twain National Forest and flows to the south for approximately 78 miles before it empties into Norfork Lake. It is similar to the Eleven Point, Jac…
From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks"
West Plains, MO - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 25.4 miles BestWhitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Turkey Creek: MO 72 Bridge to the St. Francis River


Turkey Creek descends from MO 72 to its junction with the St. Francis River upstream of the Silver Mine Dam. Only 2.5 miles long, the river is flat for the first 1.25 miles and the last 0.6 mile. In…
From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks"
Oak Grove , MO - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 2.6 miles
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#3. St. Francis River: SR H Bridge to Captain Creek Junction


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 whitew…
From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks"
Frederickton, MO - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 23.6 miles
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#4. Castor River: Hahn's Mill Shut-In Section


The Castor River is on the eastern edge of the St. Francois Mountains. Its upper willow-choked channel offers no clue as to its dramatic change downstream. Hahn’s Mill Shut-In is a beautiful miniature…
From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks"
Frederickton, MO - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 1.5 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#5. Marble Creek: Marble Creek Campground to Madison County Highway 427


Marble Creek is the alternate whitewater run for the intermediate paddler when the St. Francis is nearing flood stage or higher. This medium-sized creek alternates between fast-moving pools, tight wil…
From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks"
Arcadia, MO - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3.75 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press