Float #64: Big River

1 Apr

Mammoth to Brown’s Ford

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Big River
Jefferson County, Missouri
Saturday, March 16
9 miles

This is a repeat of a float we did back in November, so I’m not going to go into great detail about the features of this section. To read more about this float please read Float #58. This time we floated with a small group from St. Louis Adventure Group. Just like the last time we floated this section the day started out pleasant and sunny and got colder and cloudier all day long. We put in at Mammoth access off Hwy. H between Desoto and Richwoods. The river had been flooded the previous week, so there was lots of debris on the banks and mud on the boat ramp.

Big River

Mammoth access

Big River

Big River

Big River

Turkey fly over the river

Most of the trip was spent paddling and trying to stay warm. We met some new people and caught up with John, a SLAG member and Big River enthusiast we have paddled with before. When we stopped for lunch we built a small fire and dried out any damp gear and warmed our toes. Luckily it didn’t rain on us, but it looked like it could have. It doesn’t seem like spring is coming anytime soon! To think that this time last year it was 80 degrees and everything was in bloom. Still, I’d rather have a little longer winter and hope that summer is less brutal than last year (we had drought and record high temps).

Big River

Big River

Big River

Old Hwy. H bridge

Big River

Big River

We got off the river sometime after 4pm and helped to run shuttle back to the put-in. It was a nice float even if it was chilly and we had a good time with the SLAG group.

Critter Count: Hawks, Herons, Turkey

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