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Float #148 & #149: Eleven Point River

13 Jul

Greer Spring to Riverton

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Eleven Point River
Oregon County, Missouri
Saturday, July 1 & Sunday, July 2, 2017
19 Miles
Temperature: Saturday 87˚/63˚, Sunday 88˚/61˚
Wind: Saturday W at 4mph, Sunday SW at 4mph
Water Level: Saturday 4.15, Sunday 4.1 at Bardley gage

Independence Day weekend means Eleven Point float trip, so that’s what we did! We originally planned to do a 3 night trip from Cane Bluff to Myrtle, but there was rain in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday and Cane Bluff access was closed due to flood damage. So we just did our reliable standard from Greer to Riverton. This trip was just DW and me and our dog Ocoee. Since we’ve done this trip so many times before I won’t get into too much detail. More extensive trip reports for this section can be found on the blog. Just type Eleven Point in the search bar and they will come up.

We drove down early Saturday morning and set up a car shuttle with Hufstedler’s. The access at Greer was pretty crowded with people doing the same thing we were. After squeezing our boats and gear through the throng we were on the river by 11am. What a beautiful weekend it was!

Eleven Point River

Tree damage from flooding

Eleven Point River

Who wears short shorts?

Eleven Point River

River bank erosion from flooding

The Eleven Point was hit by the same epic flood that swept the rest of the Ozark Riverways back in late April. There was a lot of tree damage, some eroded banks, and the river had changed course or widened in a couple spots.

We started out our day with some fishing and both caught a few. I hooked a nice trout, but he jumped off the line before I got him out of the water. Those pesky trout tend to do that! DW made himself a really short pair of a swimming jorts (those are jean shorts if you don’t know) for the summer. I find them hilarious and he definitely gets some looks from people. One woman told him he was bringing back the 70s in an authentic way.

Eleven Point River

Me in Turner Mill Spring

Eleven Point River

DW jumps off Blackout Rock

We happened to meet a couple people that we’ve seen on the Eleven Point before. This trip is an annual occurrence for many. We paddled with them for a bit and caught up on life and river stories.

Our first stop was Turner Mill as usual. We dipped in the shockingly cold spring while Ocoee looked at us suspiciously and kept his distance. Ocoee is a smart dog with a good memory and he hates cold water and swimming in general (we may have thrown him in a spring or two before). He looks like a lab, but he’s all beagle at heart.

We traveled at a good pace even though we did not paddle much and mostly fished our way downstream. The river was up a little bit from normal and was moving at a good pace. We stopped at Blackout Rock (not the official name) so DW could dive off of it. It is called Blackout Rock because that’s where you finish your jug of liquor and then pass out before you get to camp. This story was told to us (and illustrated too) by the same people we see on the river every Independence day weekend. It’s a good name!

I saw a river otter on this trip. I’ve seen them on the Eleven Point before, but it is still a rare occurrence. This one popped his head up in the middle of the river and was crunching on some crawfish. River otters are fast and skittish, so I was unable to take a photograph. I don’t think I’ve ever been quick enough to catch an otter on camera!

Eleven Point River

The best campsite

Eleven Point River

Sunset on the river

Eleven Point River

Around late afternoon we started looking for a campsite. There had been rumors that some of the best gravel bars for camping had been washed out, but I didn’t find that to be the case. We were able to snag one of the best ones that we’ve camped at before. It’s a nice gravel bar with plenty of shade and firewood. The gravel bar was still mostly there, but the prime camping area had moved a bit from the original location. We had plenty of time to set up camp and chill out before nightfall. We built a nice fire and watched the sun paint the sky over the river as it dipped below the horizon. Soon hundreds of bats started their feeding and were swooping through the sky and zooming through our campground. I like bats because they are fun to watch and they also eat a lot of mosquitoes (mosquitoes like to eat me).

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DW teases Ocoee at Boze Mill

Eleven Point River

Rockin’ the rapid at Halls Bay

Eleven Point River

Access damage from flooding

The next morning we slept in pretty late and got on the river sometime after 11am. We both had Monday and Tuesday off work for the holiday and it was so relaxing to have nowhere to be and all day to get there! We did some more fishing and swimming as we made our way downstream. We passed Greenbriar float camp, where we have stayed many times. It appeared to be completely washed out. There used to be a landing and some steps on the riverbank as well as a sign and a nice big sycamore tree. Now it is just a jumble of broken trees and mud. I hope they are able to repair it as Greenbriar was the nicest and largest of the float camps.

We stopped at Boze Mill for our mandatory dip in the freezing cold spring water. There were several people there including a couple locals we have talked with before. After a few dips and a chat we walked back to our boats. The spring was pushing out more water than usual and we were able to paddle our boats all the way to the stone wall. DW played around and surfed the wave coming out of the wall. Ocoee was not amused, as you can clearly see by his grumpy dog face. We then went through Halls Bay rapid which was bigger than usual and we were both thoroughly soaked. Some people were hanging out on the bank observing people coming through the rapid (it’s an excellent spot to watch people flip their boat). They said they’ve seen a lot of people wipe out in the rapid that day and were impressed that DW went through it perfectly while standing up! He is a pretty good canoeist (and a show off).

Riverton access came upon us all too quickly and we pulled off the river around 7pm. The access had its share of flood damage too. Some of the retaining walls had fallen in and there was some significant erosion. All the accesses and camping areas on the Eleven Point had been improved a few years ago so it is sad to see all that nice work destroyed. I hope they can get it repaired in a timely manner.

We left the Eleven Point feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed. It’s our favorite Missouri stream for a good reason!

Critter Count: Hawks, Herons, Turtles, 1 Otter

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Float #140: Eleven Point River

24 Feb

Greer to Riverton

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Eleven Point River
Oregon County, Missouri
Saturday, February 11 – Sunday, February 12, 2017
19 Miles
Temperature: 79˚/50˚, 62˚/36˚
Wind: S at 8mph, N at 10mph
Water Level: 2.8ft. at Bardley gage

The past couple years of blogging I have only been writing trip reports for sections of river I had not previously paddled. However, last year those new trips were pretty infrequent. So for this year I decided to write a trip report for every trip, even if it’s a stretch I’ve done a thousand times. Even though this trip report will not be as extensive as the original report, there is always something different to see. Documenting the weather and water level also gives a good idea of what the river is like at that time of year. So here goes our first repeat trip report!

If you live in the Missouri Ozarks area, you know this February has been unseasonably warm. So warm in fact that DW and I decided to do an overnight float on the Eleven Point, a river we usually reserve for the dog days of summer. We both needed a getaway, but not having time or money for a vacation meant a trip to our favorite Missouri river would have to satisfy our yearning for adventure. Plus, we have never been to the Eleven Point in the winter and we were eager to see how the river would be different without leafy vegetation and hot temperatures. We drove down after work on Friday night and rented a lovely little cabin at Hufstedler’s Canoe Rental. Saturday morning, Mike (owner of Hufstedler’s) shuttled us up to Greer Access. We always enjoy talking with Mike. He is a good person, always fair and friendly, and has extensive knowledge of the Eleven Point river and surrounding area. We were not the only people putting on the river, though we may have been the only ones staying out overnight. Most people appeared to be spending the day fishing.

Eleven Point River

Eleven Point River

A Bald Eagle takes fight

Eleven Point River

A small spring we’ve never noticed before

Eleven Point River

Old chimney at Turner Mill

Eleven Point River

The mill wheel in winter

Eleven Point River

Turner Mill spring

We pushed off from Greer around 9:30am. The water of the Eleven Point is mostly spring fed. The water level was pretty near the levels I’m used to in the summer and the clarity was about the same as well. Being spring fed, the water is a consistent temperature year-round. It actually felt a little warmer since it was closer to the air temperature. The best part of this trip was all the things we noticed along the river that we’ve never seen before, due to being covered by leafy foliage in the summer months. We noticed a small spring along a bluff, lots of old foundations and a chimney at Turner Mill, and many other foundations, old roads, and old rock retaining walls along the banks.

It is tradition for DW and I to take a dip in the spring water at Turner Mill and Boze Mill, regardless of the weather. We did it this time too. It was no more shockingly cold than usual, just took more time to warm back up. It may have been the earliest I’ve ever going swimming in the year! There were a lot of Bald Eagles on the river. We saw a couple of adult birds and 3 or 4 juveniles.

Eleven Point River

Ocoee – portrait of a happy canoe dog

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Our lunch spot

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Sitting in the canoe is so exhausting

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Our campsite

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Evening at camp

We stopped for lunch at a popular camp spot that is always occupied in the summer. We spent a while laying in the sun and enjoying the nice weather. As we paddled onward, we noticed several gravel bar campsites had a stack of nice, split firewood waiting for someone to use. We stopped at one such campsite for the night. Whoever that good samaritan was, thank you! It made setting up camp so much easier! We gathered a bit of deadwood too and left plenty of split firewood for the next campers. Our campsite was on an elevated gravel bar just past Whitten. It is a popular spot with plenty of flat space for a tent. Someone had fashioned steps into the slope of the gravel bar with logs and pegs, making the gear haul from shore to camp much easier. It was a pretty fancy spot! The moon was full that night and so bright we didn’t need any flashlights to see by. The next morning we slept in a bit, warmed our breakfast burritos over the fire, packed up and put on the river around 10:30am.

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DW in Boze Mill spring

Eleven Point River

Me in Boze Mill spring

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Turtle pile

Eleven Point River

Riding the rapid at Halls Bay

Sunday was about 15 degrees cooler than Saturday. We donned our wetsuits to keep warm. Especially for our dip in Boze Mill spring. That spring is always very cold and the wetsuit helped minimize the initial shock. It was still damn cold though. Halls Bay rapid was just about perfect. The wave was at a good, fully soaking height. Ocoee got completely swamped in the front of the canoe and DW took on a few inches of water. Always a fun spot on the Eleven Point. We reached Riverton Access around 1:30pm. On the last bend of the river I was picking up trash and came upon a small bottle of Jack Daniels. It was nearly full to the brim of with a dark yellow liquid. I held it up and asked DW, “Wadda’ ya think, whiskey or pee?” The only way to know is to open it up, lol! It was whiskey, thankfully. Then at the access I found a bottle half full of Mountain Dew. I tried to convince DW to try my signature cocktail of river trash whiskey and Mountain Dew, but he declined. And he calls himself adventurous!

Critter Count: 5 Bald Eagles, Osprey, Hawks, Kingfishers, Herons, Turtles

Bonus Prize: Bottle of Jack Daniels

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

Float #47 & 48: Eleven Point River

27 Aug

Greer to Riverton

Eleven Point River
Oregon County, Missouri
Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12
19 miles

Every year we try to float the Eleven Point around my birthday in mid-August. This year it just happened to coincide with the annual Perseid meteor shower and a St. Louis Adventure Group float trip. Rather than do the trip on our own we decided to join the SLAG overnight trip, meet some new people and watch the meteors with them. DW took the canoe this time and I took my kayak. This way we were able to pack as much gear as we wanted without worrying about space or weight. Taking the canoe also gives DW some practice on maneuvering the “gear barge” all by himself, a task he thoroughly enjoys. We also took our fishing gear for the first time in a long time. I had never fished from a kayak before, so it took a little adjusting, but was a lot of fun in the end.

DW and I headed down to Hufstedler’s campground on Friday afternoon. We set up a minimal camp, ate dinner and met some SLAGers. We hit the tent early and woke up early to get a good start on the weekend’s float. Hufstedler’s shuttled everyone and their gear to Greer access. DW and I paddled upriver to the bridge and did some fishing while everyone else geared up and pushed off.

Eleven Point River, Greer Access

Greer Access

Eleven Point River

Eleven Point River, Mary Decker Shoals

Mary Decker Shoals

Eleven Point River, Turner Spring

DW tests the waters at Turner Spring

Eleven Point River, Turner Spring

Turner Spring

Eleven Point River

The Eleven Point is a spring-fed river and the waters are some of the coldest in the state. Unfortunately, the weather was a bit chilly with highs in the upper 70s, which made swimming uncomfortable. We usually don’t have a problem with it being too cool in August, but we really can’t complain too loudly since the temperatures have been so hot most of the summer. I managed to go swimming once or twice and DW dunked himself in Turner Spring; waters that are too cold for me even in the hottest weather.

We spent a lot of time fishing and drifted along at the back of the group, catching up to them as they made gravel bar stops. I almost caught a rainbow trout, but it jumped off the hook right as I was about to reel it all the way in.

We passed Whitten access, which is scheduled to be closed for renovations for the remainder of the season. The park service is adding updated campsites and improvements. DW took a few dives off of the jumping rock near Whitten. Even though the Eleven Point still has plenty of water in it, we did notice it was down about a foot. Even the springs were a little lower than normal.

There was one tricky spot above Whitten where a tree trunk leans out into a narrow river channel. The combination of the fast water, tree obstacle and the eddy made for a lot of overturned boats. I made it through just fine as my kayak maneuvers quickly in tight spots. DW made it through also, but nearly missed an important paddle stroke that was the difference between floating through smoothly and capsizing. Luckily, there were some people hanging out on the gravel bar that were helping the capsized boaters.

Eleven Point River

Eleven Point River

DW dives off the jumping rock near Whitten

Eleven Point River

Eleven Point River

Shoving off Sunday morning

Sometime in the early evening we all pulled up to a large gravel bar to camp. There were 33 people in the SLAG group, so finding a large gravel bar was a blessing. The Eleven Point is known for its lack of large gravel bars. There are several float camps tucked into the woods, but none of them are very large. Luckily, this gravel bar had a great view of the sky to watch the meteors. We saw so many huge shooting stars that looked like comets themselves! We didn’t even stay awake for the peak of the shower, which is after midnight and mostly in the early, early morning hours. Since there is a fire ban throughout Missouri due to the drought, we didn’t have a roaring fire to keep us warm. The only way to fight off the night chill was to burrow into a sleeping bag in our cozy backpacking tent. The next morning we all broke camp, packed up our gear and headed toward Riverton. Even though DW and I were some of the first boats on the water we were soon at the back of the pack again. Fishing while floating will do that.

Eleven Point River

Eleven Point River

Eleven Point River, Boze Mill

Boze Mill Spring

Eleven Point River, Boze Mill Spring

Boze Mill Spring

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A Green Heron hunts for lunch

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Snaaaakke!

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Eleven Point River, Riverton

Hwy. 160 Bridge at Riverton

Sunday was much more cloudy and slightly cooler than Saturday. We got a few sprinkles in the morning, but not enough to get us wet. We decided to fish and not paddle until Boze Mill, which was about 4 miles down from our campsite. DW caught some small mouth bass, but nothing big enough to keep. We stopped at Boze Mill and took a couple dips in the freezing spring water. It was really cold, as usual, and the lack of sun did not help. However, swimming at Boze Mill is something we do every time we go to the Eleven Point and it cannot be skipped because of chilly weather! After Boze Mill we went through Halls Ferry rapid. The water level was down enough to not be tricky and I think everyone made it through just fine. After that we floated and fished the rest of the way to Riverton. We saw a beaver along the banks and a huge snake swimming on top of the water. It may have been a rattlesnake, as we’ve seen one or two on this river before, but I can’t be sure. After getting to Riverton we loaded our gear and headed to Van Buren for pizza and wings at Stray Dog BBQ. The next weekend we did another overnight trip on the Current River that was equally as much fun. Too bad all my weekends can’t be spent this way!
Critter Count: Blue Herons, Green Herons, Kingfishers, Bats, 1 Beaver, 1 Water Moccasin, 1 huge unidentified snake

Bonus Prizes: 2 cooking skillets left on a gravel bar

Float #21: Eleven Point River

2 Sep

Greer to Riverton

Eleven Point River
Oregon County, Missouri
Saturday, August 27
19 miles

We finally made it to the Eleven Point this past weekend. This is our favorite river in the state and we usually go at least twice a year, but this year has been hectic and the summer almost slipped by without a visit. We headed down to Hufstedler’s campground on Friday afternoon. Hufstedler’s is in Riverton, which is a tiny village with a river access, camp store, campground and outfitter. We have been frequenting Hufstedler’s for many years and they always treat us well. The campground usually has free firewood which is a big bonus!

We set up camp, cooked dinner, had a couple drinks and hit the hay so we could wake up early and get on the river. With only one day available to float we wanted to do as many miles as possible and decided to do the 19 miles from Greer to Riverton. This trip covers most of the highlights of the Eleven Point and is a reasonable day float if you get started early. Going on a trip with just the two of us makes everything more flexible; we can adhere to our own schedule, start as early as we want and we never have to wait for anyone but ourselves. We awoke at 7am and our boats were in the water at Greer access by 9:30. The largest spring on the Eleven Point is Greer Spring and it joins the river just above the access. The water here is very cold! Greer Spring has a .9 mile hiking trail descending 250 ft. in elevation. The trailhead is off Hwy. 19 across from the campground and river. It’s well worth the trip if you’ve never been before.

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Early morning on the river

Mary Decker Shoals

Looking upriver at Mary Decker Shoals

As we paddled down from Greer a thick fog was still burning off the water. Everything looks more mysterious with the fog. We can hear the water rushing over a rapid ahead but can’t see anything more than 10 feet in front of the boat. Within a half hour the fog cleared and the sun rose above the ridgeline. We spotted a bunch of wildlife within the first few hours. A raccoon was digging for food along the bank. We floated right up to him and he just stared back at us and continued his morning chores. It was nice to see a raccoon in its natural habitat instead of eating the birdseed off my porch. Later we saw a bald eagle flying downriver and a bat flying upriver after a long night out. We soon floated past Mary Decker Shoals which consists of a line of rocks in the middle of the river. In low water Mary Decker can be a real scraper. Fortunately the water was up a bit for August and we glided right through. The outfitters tend to make a big deal of Mary Decker Shoals, always telling people to watch out for it, but unless it’s flood water or you’re a really bad canoeist it’s a pretty easy obstacle.

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Turner Mill Wheel

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Turner Mill Spring

The mouth of Turner Mill Spring

DW immerses himself in the spring

Rock wall at Turner Mill

Shortly after the shoals is Turner Mill access. There are boat ramps on both sides of the river here. Turner Mill South was recently renovated to include an expanded campground and an additional boat ramp. This is a popular put-in for floating to Riverton. Turner Mill North is less popular as it is harder to get to by road, but it’s easy to paddle across the river from the south access to walk up to the spring. Turner Spring comes gushing out of a small opening in the bluff and tumbles down to the river. The water here is much colder than the river. Standing in it for a few minutes numbs your legs; it’s so cold it hurts! A grist and sawmill was in operation here from the late 1890s through the 1920s. All that’s left of it are a large mill-wheel and a rock wall. There was once a small community here by the name of Surprise, which had a post office and a school. The town didn’t last long and no one was left by the 1940s.

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DW dives off the jumping rock

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After Turner there are several float camps on the left side of the river. The Eleven Point does not have many gravel bars suitable for camping so the National Forest Service provides some small, primitive campgrounds through the middle section the river. About 6 miles from Turner is Whitten access. This access has a primitive campground and boat ramp. But be warned, Whitten is a popular local hangout and they tend to dominate the campground every weekend. Unless you’re from “around here” or well versed in Ozark culture you won’t be invited to the party. Halfway between Turner and Whitten a large rock with a small tree growing on it juts out of the river on the left side. We call this the jumping rock and we always stop so DW and whoever else can jump into the deep water. Our dog Zoe used to  jump off this rock when she was a young pup. Across from the jumping rock is a good gravel bar for camping. The bank is steep but there is plenty of flat ground at the top. When camping along the Eleven Point be sure to armadillo-proof your campsite. Those bastards are everywhere. They wait until dark falls and come shuffling up to your site, making a bunch of noise and scaring the crap out of you. Armadillo’s can’t see well and are oblivious to humans until they get right up to you. They are harmless but annoying when you’re trying to sleep and they’re scratching up the forest floor looking for food.

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Boze Spring

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Underwater at Boze Spring

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Mill Dam at Boze Spring

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Boze spring from the dam

Near the end of the trip is our favorite spot on the river, Boze spring. This is another spring that ran a grist mill in the late 1800s. The dam and some parts are scattered at the end of the spring branch. There is also a float camp here, which is one of the most popular on the river. Boze spring is rumored to be over 80 ft. deep before it becomes too narrow for humans to dive further. The water is crystal clear with turquoise blue depths and is numbingly cold. Boze is a popular swimming hole and good people watching too. It’s always fun to sit and watch first-timers yelp when they dive into the cold spring. You can see where the water boils up in the middle of the hole, which is where the coldest of the cold water lies. Back in the 80s there used to be a tree with a rope swing over the boil. Unfortunately the tree fell into the spring a long time ago, but everyone still likes to talk about it. When we stopped by for a swim there were a couple local farmers sitting by the spring watching people swim and drinking apricot brandy. We each took a swig when offered and concluded that apricot brandy really hits the spot after a dip in the cold water.

DW surfs Halls Bay Chute

Hwy. 160 Bridge at Riverton

Around the next bend from Boze is the best rapid on the whole river, Halls Bay Chute. Keep to the left for this one as the right is studded with sleepers (rocks lurking just below the surface that will tip you). Halls Bay is a good class II rapid and can sometimes get up to class III in high water. It’s also a good spot to stop and watch people tip over. There is always someone camped out on the gravel bar for this reason. Since the water was up a bit the rocks were covered and the run was easy, even for canoes. There is a rope hanging from a tree at the beginning of the drop. Hit it straight at the rope or to the left for the best waves. After Halls Bay it is an easy 3 miles to the take out at Riverton. We were off the river around 6:30, sooner than we expected. We packed up our gear and went back to camp to eat dinner and pass out in front of the fire. The next morning we broke camp and went back to Boze spring to swim again. Swimming at Boze the morning we leave has become tradition for us. It’s hard to get in that water first thing in the morning, but I never regret it. Dive in and repeat until your body becomes a tingling numbness and your mind achieves a zen-like state. I am convinced that if you could jump into this spring every morning of your life you would live forever. Although there isn’t much difference between the Eleven Point and heaven itself.

Critter Count: Blue Herons, Green Herons, Kingfishers, Ducks, Turtles, 1 Bald Eagle, 1 Raccoon, 1 Bat