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Missouri whitewater, Castor River

Madison county, CR 253 to CR 208 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     1.4 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Farmington, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of Castor River in Missouri is 1.4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Missouri tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. A bit of exercise and just
    being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. The wild scenery of the Ozarks is great. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too.
This is a very short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The natural beauty of Missouri and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. 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.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the John J Audubon Trail, and lots of folks from Marquand come here. Whohoo, so many cool things in one place! The Ozarks is so good!. High temperatures at Castor River all through the summer months are in the 80's; the nighttime is a little colder of course, mostly in the 60's. Highs during the winter are mostly in the 30's with winter lows in the 10's overnight here at Castor River. Castor River gets a common amount of yearly rain.

Castor River, CR 253 to CR 208 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 Castor River.
 Whitewater Near Castor River:
Castor River, Madison County, 0 miles away
      Class III - 1.4 miles long (CR 253 to CR 208)
Little St. Francis River, Madison County, 11 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Highway 72 to St. Francis River)
Pickle Creek, Ste. Genevieve County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.4 miles long (Hawn State Park Road to Hawn State Park picnic area)
St. Francis River, St. Francois Madison County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.7 miles long (Highway H to Highway 72)
Turkey Creek, Madison County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.6 miles long (Highway 72 to St. Francis River)
St. Francis River, Madison Wayne County, 20 miles away
      Class I - 55.4 miles long (Silver Mines Recreation Area to Highway 67)
Mud Creek, Madison County, 22 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.4 miles long (Highway D to St. Francis River)
St. Francis River, Madison County, 22 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.3 miles long (Millstream Gardens to Silver Mines)
St. Francis River, Madison County, 24 miles away
      Class II - 3.2 miles long (Highway 72 to Millstream Gardens)
Little Rock Creek, Madison County, 25 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1 miles long (Off of Highway E)
 Ski Areas Near Castor River:
Hidden Valley, Missouri , 63 miles away, 250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Castor River:
Econo Lodge Ste Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve , 19 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Perryville, Perryville , 20 miles away
Days Inn Perryville, Perryville , 20 miles away
Comfort Inn Perryville, Perryville , 20 miles away
Super 8 Perryville, Perryville , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Castor River:
Amidon Memorial Camp, Marquand, 1 miles away
Little Whitewater Camp, Patton, 5 miles away
Perryville Campground, Perryville, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Castor River:
John J Audubon Trail, Ste. Genevieve , 8 miles away
Silver Mine Trail, Madison , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Castor River:
Ozark National Scenic River, Van Buren - MO , 66 miles away
Hawn State Park, Missouri , 17 miles away
St. Joe State Park, Missouri , 29 miles away
Sam A. Baker State Park, Missouri , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Castor River:
Madison County Country Club, Fredericktown , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Castor River
Newman Lake, Madison , 8 miles away
Mine La Motte Lake, Madison , 10 miles away

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