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Missouri whitewater, St. Francis River

Madison Wayne county, Silver Mines Recreation Area to Highway 67 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I     55.4 miles
 
It's awesome. Says Big Bill

This stretch of St. Francis River is 55.4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I section of whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Farmington, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. There are plenty of other
    stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. The campgrounds here at St. Francis River are pretty good.
A stretch of this length does require some preparations, so better bring your camping gear along. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The Ozarks scenery is wonderful. The nature scenery of Madison Wayne County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of  
rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Johnson Natural Area Backpack Trail, and Stillhouse Spring is a magnificent local attraction. You'll beyond doubt wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the entertaining things in the Ozarks. Places like Sam A. Baker State Park are great to go to; don't leave St. Francis River without first going for a hike along the Silver Mine Trail. This river is so wonderful. While you're here at St. Francis River you will meet lots of folks from nearby Silva, and if you're here why not stop by Huzzah Canyon. Throughout the long summer days, highs usually are in the 80's at St.

St. Francis River, Silver Mines Recreation Area to Highway 67 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:
Little Rock Creek, Madison County, 8 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1 miles long (Off of Highway E)
Marble Creek, Madison County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 3.8 miles long (USFS Marble Creek Camp Ground to CR 427)
Lower Rock Creek, Madison County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Barren Hollow to Highway E)
St. Francis River, Madison Wayne County, 13 miles away
      Class I - 55.4 miles long (Silver Mines Recreation Area to Highway 67)
Mud Creek, Madison County, 13 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.4 miles long (Highway D to St. Francis River)
Crane Pond Creek, Iron County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.1 miles long (Crane Lake to County Road 134)
St. Francis River, Madison County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.3 miles long (Millstream Gardens to Silver Mines)
Turkey Creek, Madison County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.6 miles long (Highway 72 to St. Francis River)
St. Francis River, Madison County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 3.2 miles long (Highway 72 to Millstream Gardens)
Little St. Francis River, Madison County, 16 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Highway 72 to St. Francis River)
 Ski Areas Near St. Francis River:
Hidden Valley, Missouri , 68 miles away, 250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near St. Francis River:
BLUFF View Marina, Piedmont , 20 miles away
Clearwater Marina, Piedmont , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near St. Francis River:
Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast, Ironton , 20 miles away
Tradition Inn, Farmington , 25 miles away
Quality Inn Farmington, Farmington , 25 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites FARMINGTON, Farmington , 25 miles away
Super 8 Farmington, Farmington , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near St. Francis River:
Coldwater Access, Lodi, 2 miles away
Coldwater Camp Lot 1, Silva, 3 miles away
Sam A. Baker State Park - Equestrian, Lodi, 5 miles away
 Trails Near St. Francis River:
Johnson Natural Area Backpack Trail, Wayne , 13 miles away
Silver Mine Trail, Madison , 13 miles away
Crane Lake Trail, Iron , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near St. Francis River:
Ozark National Scenic River, Van Buren - MO , 42 miles away
Sam A. Baker State Park, Missouri , 6 miles away
Lake Wappapello State Park, Missouri , 21 miles away
Elephant Rocks State Park, Missouri , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near St. Francis River:
Roland Meadows Golf Course, Lowndes , 15 miles away
Madison County Country Club, Fredericktown , 15 miles away
Arcadia Valley Country Club, Ironton , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near St. Francis River
Newman Lake, Madison , 16 miles away
Mine La Motte Lake, Madison , 19 miles away

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