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Missouri whitewater, St. Francis River

Madison county, Millstream Gardens to Silver Mines section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     2.3 miles
 
As it gets warm, there are cottonmouth's hanging from every tree branch.  There is also a mine which drains toxic chemicals into the river. Says Dan

St. Francis vacation, late April 2007 As far as I'm concerned this is one of my favorite rivers. It's like it's a whole new river at different water levels. We camped here for 11 days straight. Great campgrounds, and great water. We could live here. Says Nate Hausen

This stretch
    of St. Francis River in Madison County is 2.3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-IV section. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other
states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The scenic beauty of Madison County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Millstream Gardens to Silver Mines section is just one of many. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a  
large number of good spots. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch is short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Farmington, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. The river winds through the Ozarks and you get great scenery.

St. Francis River, Millstream Gardens to Silver Mines 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:
Mud Creek, Madison County, 1 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.4 miles long (Highway D to St. Francis River)
St. Francis River, Madison County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.3 miles long (Millstream Gardens to Silver Mines)
St. Francis River, Madison Wayne County, 1 miles away
      Class I - 55.4 miles long (Silver Mines Recreation Area to Highway 67)
Turkey Creek, Madison County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.6 miles long (Highway 72 to St. Francis River)
St. Francis River, Madison County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 3.2 miles long (Highway 72 to Millstream Gardens)
Lower Rock Creek, Madison County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Barren Hollow to Highway E)
Little Rock Creek, Madison County, 7 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1 miles long (Off of Highway E)
St. Francis River, St. Francois Madison County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.7 miles long (Highway H to Highway 72)
Stouts Creek, Iron/ Madison County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 4.7 miles long (Lake Killarney to St. Francis River)
Marble Creek, Madison County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 3.8 miles long (USFS Marble Creek Camp Ground to CR 427)
 Ski Areas Near St. Francis River:
Hidden Valley, Missouri , 55 miles away, 250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near St. Francis River:
Tradition Inn, Farmington , 12 miles away
Quality Inn Farmington, Farmington , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites FARMINGTON, Farmington , 12 miles away
Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast, Ironton , 12 miles away
Super 8 Farmington, Farmington , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near St. Francis River:
Silver Mines, Knob Lick, 1 miles away
Marble Creek, Annapolis, 9 miles away
St. Joe State Park - Camp Ground 2 - Equestrian, Doe Run, 12 miles away
 Trails Near St. Francis River:
Silver Mine Trail, Madison , 1 miles away
Crane Lake Trail, Iron , 14 miles away
Taum Sauk Trail, Iron , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near St. Francis River:
Ozark National Scenic River, Van Buren - MO , 48 miles away
Sam A. Baker State Park, Missouri , 16 miles away
St. Joe State Park, Missouri , 17 miles away
Elephant Rocks State Park, Missouri , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near St. Francis River:
Madison County Country Club, Fredericktown , 9 miles away
Arcadia Valley Country Club, Ironton , 12 miles away
Crown Pointe Golf Club, Farmington , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near St. Francis River
Mine La Motte Lake, Madison , 11 miles away
Newman Lake, Madison , 15 miles away

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