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.

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

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    West Plains, MO

    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, ...
    •  3 sections range from 2 to 5 hours
    •  25.4 miles
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    The North Fork of the White River begins in the Mark Twain National Forest and flows to the south for approximately 78 miles ...

  • #2 Turkey Creek: MO 72 Bridge to the St. Francis River

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    Oak Grove , MO

    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. ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.6 miles
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    Turkey Creek descends from MO 72 to its junction with the St. Francis River upstream of the Silver Mine Dam. Only 2.5 miles ...

  • #3 St. Francis River: SR H Bridge to Captain Creek Junction

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    Frederickton, MO

    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 ...
    •  3 sections range from 3 to 6 hours
    •  23.6 miles
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    The St. Francis River rises from the foothills north of Elephant Rocks State Park and flows northeast before turning south ...

  • #4 Castor River: Hahn's Mill Shut-In Section

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    Frederickton, MO

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.5 miles
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    The Castor River is on the eastern edge of the St. Francois Mountains. Its upper willow-choked channel offers no clue as ...

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

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    Arcadia, MO

    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, ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  3.75 miles
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    Marble Creek is the alternate whitewater run for the intermediate paddler when the St. Francis is nearing flood stage or ...

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

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

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

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

  • #8 St. Francis River-Roselle to Millstream to D Bridge

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    Fredericktown, MO

    Missouri’s classic winter and spring-time whitewater river, here you’ll find two runs great for learning and progressing at whitewater kayaking. The upper run offers 3.2 miles with class ...
    •  1-3 hours
    •  2.3-3.3 miles
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    Missouri’s classic winter and spring-time whitewater river, here you’ll find two runs great for learning and progressing ...