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Missouri whitewater, St. Francis River

Madison county, Highway 72 to Millstream Gardens section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     3.2 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Farmington, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The Highway 72 to Millstream Gardens stretch of St. Francis River is 3.2 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Madison County and the cool fresh water beats anything. 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. This is a bit of a short stretch so no need to bring snacks. The beauty of the Ozarks is a great plus for this river.
For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Highway 72 to Millstream Gardens section is just one of them. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came.  
Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at St. Francis River you can take a hike along the Silver Mine Trail; St. Francis River is not far at all from Doe Run. Be careful coming to the Ozarks, you might not ever want to return back home again. On a nice day at St. Francis River you can take a hike along the Crane Lake Trail, and Tiemann Shut-in is also a good place to look at. This is a great river. Elephant Rocks State Park is a great place to stretch your legs a bit.

St. Francis River, Highway 72 to Millstream Gardens 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 St. Francis River.
 Whitewater Near St. Francis River:
St. Francis River, Madison County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 3.2 miles long (Highway 72 to Millstream Gardens)
St. Francis River, Madison County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.3 miles long (Millstream Gardens to Silver Mines)
Mud Creek, Madison County, 2 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.4 miles long (Highway D to St. Francis River)
Turkey Creek, Madison County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.6 miles long (Highway 72 to St. Francis River)
St. Francis River, Madison Wayne County, 3 miles away
      Class I - 55.4 miles long (Silver Mines Recreation Area to Highway 67)
Lower Rock Creek, Madison County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Barren Hollow to Highway E)
Stouts Creek, Iron/ Madison County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 4.7 miles long (Lake Killarney to St. Francis River)
Little Rock Creek, Madison County, 7 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1 miles long (Off of Highway E)
Brewers Creek, St. Francois - Iron - Madison County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Highway V to Highway MM)
St. Francis River, St. Francois Madison County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.7 miles long (Highway H to Highway 72)
 Ski Areas Near St. Francis River:
Hidden Valley, Missouri , 53 miles away, 250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near St. Francis River:
Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast, Ironton , 10 miles away
Tradition Inn, Farmington , 11 miles away
Quality Inn Farmington, Farmington , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites FARMINGTON, Farmington , 11 miles away
Super 8 Farmington, Farmington , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near St. Francis River:
Silver Mines, Knob Lick, 3 miles away
Marble Creek, Annapolis, 8 miles away
St. Joe State Park - Camp Ground 2 - Equestrian, Doe Run, 11 miles away
 Trails Near St. Francis River:
Silver Mine Trail, Madison , 3 miles away
Crane Lake Trail, Iron , 13 miles away
Taum Sauk Trail, Iron , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near St. Francis River:
Ozark National Scenic River, Van Buren - MO , 47 miles away
Elephant Rocks State Park, Missouri , 15 miles away
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, Missouri , 15 miles away
St. Joe State Park, Missouri , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near St. Francis River:
Arcadia Valley Country Club, Ironton , 10 miles away
Madison County Country Club, Fredericktown , 11 miles away
Crown Pointe Golf Club, Farmington , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near St. Francis River
Mine La Motte Lake, Madison , 13 miles away
Newman Lake, Madison , 18 miles away
Lake Sacajawea, Washington , 19 miles away

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