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Missouri whitewater, Lower Rock Creek

Madison county, Barren Hollow to Highway E section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     3 miles
 
Been here and there is not a good put-in site for a boat.† The creek is one mile from where you can park a car unless it's right next to the St Francis river and that means you won't be kayaking down this creek.† Which is impossible unless there is serious rainfall. Says Chef

The nature scenery of Madison County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The rivers for whitewater rafting
    and kayaking here in Missouri are often easier than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. This is a short paddling stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your
kayak back to put-in a few times. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Farmington, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. When you're paddling down a Ozarks river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Barren Hollow to Highway E section is one of them. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing  
to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The Barren Hollow to Highway E section of Lower Rock Creek is 3 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Jordan Hollow is near Lower Rock Creek and is absolutely a glorious spot to check out, and a range like the Smith Mountains is always scenic.

Lower Rock Creek, Barren Hollow to Highway E 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 Lower Rock Creek.
 Whitewater Near Lower Rock Creek:
Lower Rock Creek, Madison County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Barren Hollow to Highway E)
Little Rock Creek, Madison County, 3 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1 miles long (Off of Highway E)
Mud Creek, Madison County, 3 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.4 miles long (Highway D to St. Francis River)
St. Francis River, Madison County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.3 miles long (Millstream Gardens to Silver Mines)
St. Francis River, Madison Wayne County, 5 miles away
      Class I - 55.4 miles long (Silver Mines Recreation Area to Highway 67)
Marble Creek, Madison County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 3.8 miles long (USFS Marble Creek Camp Ground to CR 427)
St. Francis River, Madison County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 3.2 miles long (Highway 72 to Millstream Gardens)
Turkey Creek, Madison County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.6 miles long (Highway 72 to St. Francis River)
Stouts Creek, Iron/ Madison County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 4.7 miles long (Lake Killarney to St. Francis River)
Brewers Creek, St. Francois - Iron - Madison County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Highway V to Highway MM)
 Ski Areas Near Lower Rock Creek:
Hidden Valley, Missouri , 58 miles away, 250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Lower Rock Creek:
Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast, Ironton , 11 miles away
Tradition Inn, Farmington , 15 miles away
Quality Inn Farmington, Farmington , 15 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites FARMINGTON, Farmington , 16 miles away
Super 8 Farmington, Farmington , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lower Rock Creek:
Marble Creek, Annapolis, 5 miles away
Silver Mines, Knob Lick, 5 miles away
Coldwater Access, Lodi, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Lower Rock Creek:
Silver Mine Trail, Madison , 5 miles away
Crane Lake Trail, Iron , 10 miles away
Taum Sauk Trail, Iron , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lower Rock Creek:
Ozark National Scenic River, Van Buren - MO , 44 miles away
Sam A. Baker State Park, Missouri , 12 miles away
Elephant Rocks State Park, Missouri , 16 miles away
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, Missouri , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lower Rock Creek:
Arcadia Valley Country Club, Ironton , 11 miles away
Madison County Country Club, Fredericktown , 11 miles away
Crown Pointe Golf Club, Farmington , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Lower Rock Creek
Mine La Motte Lake, Madison , 15 miles away
Newman Lake, Madison , 17 miles away

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