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Missouri whitewater, Big Creek

Iron Wayne county, Highway K west of Annapolis to Sam Baker State Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     19.2 miles
 
I kayaked the big creek May 5 at 3ft from Des Arc to Sam A. Baker take out at 143 bridge, it was an 11 mile float and very enjoible for Missouri waters. There were whitewater sections about every 1/4 mile and was all under class II, the rock gardens kept me on my toes but was not difficult at all. I would recomend trying this creek (river) to anyone seeking excitment and is not to experienced to try the St. Francis. Cheers! Says Mike McCafferty

    The starting point is not too far from Farmington, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The scenic beauty of Missouri and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and
paddle. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter,  
so why not pack your camp stove too. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The beauty of the Ozarks is a great plus for this river. The Highway K west of Annapolis to Sam Baker State Park section of Big Creek in Missouri is 19.2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come.

Big Creek, Highway K west of Annapolis to Sam Baker State Park road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Big Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Creek:
Crane Pond Creek, Iron County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.1 miles long (Crane Lake to County Road 134)
Big Creek, Iron Wayne County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 19.2 miles long (Highway K west of Annapolis to Sam Baker State Park)
Marble Creek, Madison County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 3.8 miles long (USFS Marble Creek Camp Ground to CR 427)
Little Rock Creek, Madison County, 11 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1 miles long (Off of Highway E)
Lower Rock Creek, Madison County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Barren Hollow to Highway E)
Carver Creek, Iron County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Highway AA to county road off of Highway AA)
Black River, Wayne Butler County, 15 miles away
      Class I - 37.5 miles long (Clearwater Dam to Highway W)
Stouts Creek, Iron/ Madison County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 4.7 miles long (Lake Killarney to St. Francis River)
Mud Creek, Madison County, 17 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.4 miles long (Highway D to St. Francis River)
Taum Sauk Creek, Iron - Reynolds County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Taum Sauk Mountain to Little Taum Sauk Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Big Creek:
Hidden Valley, Missouri , 67 miles away, 250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Big Creek:
BLUFF View Marina, Piedmont , 11 miles away
Clearwater Marina, Piedmont , 11 miles away
Webb Creek Marina, Ellington , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Creek:
Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast, Ironton , 16 miles away
Tradition Inn, Farmington , 28 miles away
Quality Inn Farmington, Farmington , 28 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites FARMINGTON, Farmington , 28 miles away
Super 8 Farmington, Farmington , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Creek:
Graves Mountain Camp, Lodi, 6 miles away
Wappapello Lake Lot 6, Patterson, 7 miles away
Wappapello Lake Lot 5, Lodi, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Big Creek:
Crane Lake Trail, Iron , 6 miles away
Johnson Natural Area Backpack Trail, Wayne , 17 miles away
Taum Sauk Trail, Iron , 17 miles away
Silver Mine Trail, Madison , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Creek:
Ozark National Scenic River, Van Buren - MO , 32 miles away
Sam A. Baker State Park, Missouri , 6 miles away
Elephant Rocks State Park, Missouri , 20 miles away
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Missouri , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Creek:
Piedmont Canyon Club, Piedmont , 12 miles away
Arcadia Valley Country Club, Ironton , 16 miles away

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