Float #90: Eleven Point River

16 Oct

Greer to Riverton

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Eleven Point River
Oregon County, Missouri
Saturday, September 28
19 miles

This trip was our annual wedding anniversary float. We usually take a couple days and do an overnight float, but this year schedules and weather did not permit for such luxuries. Instead, we decided to try and float as much of the river as we could in one day. Last summer we floated Greer to Riverton in two days, but we knew it was feasible to do it in one if we didn’t dawdle too much. We camped at Hufstedler’s Canoe on Friday night and woke up early on Saturday morning to catch our shuttle to Greer. We were geared up and on the river before 10am. It was a nice day, but too cold to swim in the Eleven Point’s chilly waters.

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Mary Decker Shoals

Mary Decker Shoals

DW squeezes through the shoals

DW squeezes through the shoals

We paddled the first five miles to Turner access in about an hour. The river flows at a pretty good pace between Greer Spring and Turner. There is a spring and an old mill wheel on the South side of the river at Turner. We usually stop there when the weather is hotter to wade in the shockingly cold spring water. This time we skipped it because we had a lot of miles left to cover!

A large Northern Red snake

A large Northern Red snake

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Float Camp

Float Camp

As the day wore on the sky became overcast, but did not threaten rain. We stopped for lunch on a gravel bar and hung out for a little bit. There weren’t too many people on the river that day, but we did see several canoes and fishermen. I would have liked to fish, but there isn’t much time for that when you are paddling all day. We passed a bunch of float camps on the left side of the river. There aren’t many gravel bars on the Eleven Point, so there are several primitive camping areas to make up the difference.

Boze Mill Spring

Boze Mill Spring

Boze Mill

Boze Mill

Boze Mill

Boze Mill

At around 3pm we arrived at Boze Mill Spring, one of my favorite places in the Ozarks. I like to come here at least once a year and take a dip in the freezing water. It’s good for my health and keeps me young! The spring is beautiful and full of so many colors. There is a short trail, a few campsites and the ruins of some old mill equipment here as well. We spent about half an hour here wandering around after our dip in the cold water. After Boze Mill, Halls Bay rapid is just around the corner. It is the most exciting rapid on the river and I always look forward to it.

DW surfs Halls Bay rapid

DW surfs Halls Bay rapid

Hwy. 160 bridge at Riverton

Hwy. 160 bridge at Riverton

As you approach Halls Bay rapid you will see a long piece of string dangling from a tree branch out over the rapid. That string marks the position of a big rock in the middle of the water. As long as you go on either side of the string you will miss the rock. Don’t go too far to the right, however, because the water is shallow and very rocky on that side of the river. We spent some time here while DW surfed his kayak and played around in the rapid. Leaving Halls Bay, there is only a couple of miles to the Riverton takeout. We finished our trip around 5:30pm, loaded our gear onto the truck and headed back up to Hufstedler’s to camp. It was a fun trip and I wish it could have been longer!

Critter Count: Herons, Kingfishers, Hawks, Turtles, 1 Northern Red Snake

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One Response to “Float #90: Eleven Point River”

  1. Tom Haynie (bacshortly) October 22, 2013 at 6:59 AM #

    Thanks for the post, good paddle, good read – the eleven is on the list…

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