Eleven Point River: Thomasville to MO 142 Professional Review and Guide
"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 form its headwaters. Another theory states that someone shot an eleven-point deer on the river and the name was derived from that great event. Many more theories circulate in this area, but no two people can agree on which is correct. The Eleven Point River was listed in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act upon its initial passage by Congress in 1968, and it is thereby protected from Thomasville to MO 142, a distance of 45 miles.
Sightings of wild turkey, deer, and beaver are common, and on a recent trip a group of paddlers reported sighting a bald eagle. Trout also abound from Greer Crossing to Riverton, so make sure you have a fishing license and trout stamp. The cold, deep green water that emanates from Greer Spring gives the river most of its volume as well as the famous fog that hangs above the river until mid-morning on hot summer days. Densely forested banks that slope gently away from the river are mixed with steep rocky bluffs, usually on the opposite side of the river."