Float #78: Current River

19 Jul

Baptist Camp to Cedar Grove

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Current River
Dent County, Missouri
Friday, July 12
8 Miles

This past weekend we camped near Dillard Mill, east of Salem, with the MVOR caving group. This was a reschedule of the April event that was flooded out. We were blessed with pleasant weather for July, not too hot and no rain. On Friday morning we headed down to the campground, set up our tent and prepared our gear for floating. Our friend Greg met us at the campground. Our camp neighbor, Derrick, had no plans for the day so we invited him to come floating with us since we brought extra boats. He jumped at the chance, so we threw another boat on top of the car and drove down to the Current River. The Current is about an hour drive from where we were camped, but the float was worth the drive. DW and I have never floated above Cedar Grove, so we were eager to get this section under our belts. We dropped Greg’s car at Cedar Grove and drove the short shuttle to Baptist Camp. As we unloaded our gear a large swarm of tube floaters launched into the stream. We would encounter them several times throughout our trip and practiced our turning and dodging skills around them.

Current River

Current River

Current River

Current River

There was just enough water on this section to float easily without scraping or hitting any rocks. A few inches lower and it would have drug a little in some spots. The water was crystal clear and deliciously cold. Almost as cold as spring water and just what I needed on a July day. The Current is so small and creek-like on this upper portion and it was fun to compare it to the float we did last fall on the lower section from Van Buren to Doniphan. Despite the small size of the river it still moved at a good pace. I would love to do this section in high water. That would be a lot of fun! If only the park service didn’t close the river every time it started to get exciting (dang safety precautions).

Current River

Our camp neighbor, Derrick

Current River

Current River

I spent most of the float looking down into the water at all the beautiful fish. There are a lot of smallmouth bass and rainbow trout in this section. We talked to a few fisherman, who said the fish were skittish today and weren’t biting much. This section is just downstream of Montauk State Park, one of Missouri’s trout parks, so this part of the Current is a blue ribbon trout area, which means you can only keep one 18″ trout per day. I’ve never caught a trout that large outside of the stocked trout parks, but a girl can dream.

We passed a few small bluffs and gravel bars that would be excellent for camping. There aren’t any landmarks on this section besides a creek that enters on your right, about 3.5 miles into the trip.

Current River

Current River

Approaching Cedar Grove bridge

All too soon we reached Cedar Grove and our trip was over. DW and Derrick left to run the shuttle while Greg and I made small talk with some people chilling in the river. They were from Desoto, which is about half and hour from where I live. That seems to be a running theme this year, meeting people on the river who live close to me! DW soon arrived with the Subaru and we loaded the boats. People were asking how we were going to fit 4 kayaks on the car. The answer is creative stacking! We have put 5 on top before, but that requires the assistance of a step stool or someone well over 6 feet tall. We all agreed that it was a really nice trip and headed back to camp to enjoy dinner and a night around the bonfire. The next day we would scrape ourselves down the upper Huzzah, a test in portaging skills that not everybody passed.

Critter Count: Blue Herons, Turtles, Ducks

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One Response to “Float #78: Current River”

  1. click through the next post July 23, 2013 at 10:25 AM #

    This is a topic that’s near to my heart… Cheers! Exactly where are your contact details though?

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