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Missouri whitewater, Blue River

Jackson county, Blue Ridge Road to Red Bridge Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I(II)     4.4 miles
 
I have floated this river from well inside of Kansas all the way to Swope Park at 63rd St.  A very good river for the beginner.  At normal flow the only challenge is walking through the shallows.  This river is  good for canoes, kayaks, and rafts.  In a flood this river is very dangerous.  People have died trying to float this river in a flood and flash flooding is common.  Check the weather first and check with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    website to check the water level.  Flood waters usually take several days to subside.  Fishing is great upstream of highway 435.  Enjoy! Says Greg Burns

i agree with this at regular water. but on the other hand after
good rain this section, for the area, is the best around.class 2 to 3,4 easy.the senery is the best for the area when it comes to wildlife give that your only 5 minutes from the big city life Says brandon rosell

If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The put-in location
 
is a short drive from Kansas City, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This section of Blue River in Missouri is 4.4 miles long and has been rated as a class I(II) section by American Whitewater. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Blue Ridge Road to Red Bridge Road section is one of them. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are not so many other good spots for that around here. The natural beauty of Jackson County and the water flowing gracefully down Blue River beats anything.

Blue River, Blue Ridge Road to Red Bridge Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Blue River.
 Whitewater Near Blue River:
Blue River, Jackson County, 1 miles away
      Class I(II) - 4.4 miles long (Blue Ridge Road to Red Bridge Road)
Kansas River, Johnson County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 0.1 miles long (Playspot Below I-435 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Blue River:
Snow Creek, Missouri , 41 miles away, 300 foot drop, 7 lifts, 12 runs
 Marinas Near Blue River:
Broken Arrow Marina, Prairie Village , 6 miles away
Longview Lake Marina, Kansas City , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Blue River:
Courtyard Kansas City South, Kansas City , 2 miles away
Value Place Kansas City South, Kansas City , 3 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites KANSAS CITY-GRANDVIEW, Grandview , 4 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Kansas City , 4 miles away
Chase Suite Hotel Overland Park, Overland Park , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blue River:
Longview Lake Co Camp Ground, Kansas City, 9 miles away
Heart Mobile Village, Kansas City, 10 miles away
Walnut Grove RV Park, Mission, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Blue River:
Hillsdale Lake, Kansas , 27 miles away
Weston Bend State Park, Missouri , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Blue River:
Minor Park Golf Course, Kansas City , 1 miles away
Blue Hills Country Club, Kansas City , 2 miles away
Leawood South Country Club, Leawood , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Blue River
Kernoodle Lake, Jackson , 2 miles away
The Lagoon, Jackson , 6 miles away
Riss Lake, Jackson , 11 miles away

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