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Missouri whitewater, Black River

Reynolds county, Highway 21 at Centerville to Highway K section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I     25 miles
 
This is not the only paddling section on Black River.  You can paddle below Clearwater Dam all the way to Arkansas if you like.  It's not as scenic as the upper stretch mentioned here, but it is floatable.  Also, I don't think an average of 39 inches of rain per year makes the area particularly wet.  April-May are the wettest months, while September is typically one of the drier months.  An 80 degree day in the summertime would be considered
    quite cool; mid to upper 90s is much more likely.  Winter temps are nowhere near what's stated here.  Daytime highs would be in the upper 30s to mid 40s and night time lows generally reach the 20s to mid 30s. Says Troy Wakefield

The Highway 21 at Centerville to Highway K section of Black River in Reynolds County is 25 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I section of whitewater. The nature scenery of Missouri and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The river winds through the Ozarks and you get great scenery. This is the only paddling section along Black River. You might have to settle  
for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. There's camping available near Black River. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camping stuff. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding.

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