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Missouri whitewater, Little St. Francis River

Madison county, Highway 72 to St. Francis River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I     15 miles
 
In July and August temperatures frequently hit the high 90's and occasionally low 100's; water levels in many stretches are below 1 (one) foot. Says Titus Groan

The put-in location is a short drive from Farmington, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Missouri tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding.
    There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Whitewater paddling here in the Ozarks is a great experience. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater
rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. The scenic beauty of Madison County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The Highway 72 to St. Francis River section of Little St. Francis River in Madison County is 15 miles long and is a class I section of whitewater according  
to American Whitewater. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
The Silver Mine Trail is a glorious hiking trail right next door to Little St. Francis River, and folks from Fredericktown love to come here. You just can't picture the amount of outdoors entertaining things the Ozarks has to offer. From a rain point of view Little St. Francis River is a quite normal place.

Little St. Francis River, Highway 72 to St. Francis River 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 Little St. Francis River.
 Whitewater Near Little St. Francis River:
St. Francis River, Madison Wayne County, 4 miles away
      Class I - 55.4 miles long (Silver Mines Recreation Area to Highway 67)
Turkey Creek, Madison County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.6 miles long (Highway 72 to St. Francis River)
Little St. Francis River, Madison County, 5 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Highway 72 to St. Francis River)
Mud Creek, Madison County, 6 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.4 miles long (Highway D to St. Francis River)
St. Francis River, Madison County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.3 miles long (Millstream Gardens to Silver Mines)
St. Francis River, St. Francois Madison County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.7 miles long (Highway H to Highway 72)
St. Francis River, Madison County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 3.2 miles long (Highway 72 to Millstream Gardens)
Lower Rock Creek, Madison County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Barren Hollow to Highway E)
Little Rock Creek, Madison County, 9 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1 miles long (Off of Highway E)
Marble Creek, Madison County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 3.8 miles long (USFS Marble Creek Camp Ground to CR 427)
 Ski Areas Near Little St. Francis River:
Hidden Valley, Missouri , 58 miles away, 250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Little St. Francis River:
Plain Fancy Bed Breakfast, Ironton , 14 miles away
Tradition Inn, Farmington , 14 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites FARMINGTON, Farmington , 14 miles away
Quality Inn Farmington, Farmington , 14 miles away
Super 8 Farmington, Farmington , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little St. Francis River:
Silver Mines, Knob Lick, 4 miles away
Marble Creek, Annapolis, 12 miles away
Coldwater Access, Lodi, 14 miles away
 Trails Near Little St. Francis River:
Silver Mine Trail, Madison , 4 miles away
Crane Lake Trail, Iron , 17 miles away
John J Audubon Trail, Ste. Genevieve , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little St. Francis River:
Ozark National Scenic River, Van Buren - MO , 51 miles away
Sam A. Baker State Park, Missouri , 16 miles away
St. Joe State Park, Missouri , 20 miles away
Hawn State Park, Missouri , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little St. Francis River:
Madison County Country Club, Fredericktown , 4 miles away
Crown Pointe Golf Club, Farmington , 16 miles away
Arcadia Valley Country Club, Ironton , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Little St. Francis River
Mine La Motte Lake, Madison , 8 miles away
Newman Lake, Madison , 10 miles away

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