The North Fork of the White River flows through some of the most beautiful countryside in Missouri.
A popular local saying has it that the third time you visit the Ozarks, you bring your furniture. So a word of caution – don’t visit Twin Bridges in the Heart of the Ozarks, unless you’re looking for scenery beautiful enough to charm your heart, and a river so breathtaking it will make it hard to leave.
The water on the North Fork is lively and crystal-clear. Beginners float easily in the quietwater, while experienced canoeists enjoy other sections of quickwater and play in the “falls”.
In spring and summer the river flows like children’s laughter. There’s a feeling of perfect solitude on the water, where one can peacefully reflect on the rich beauty of life.
From the bow of a canoe or kayak, the charm of the Northfork quietly reveals itself on its own terms. In the rising slopes of the Ozarks, enormous ridges and rising bluffs come gradually into view through the trees lining the riverbank. We float past lonesome country lanes, quiet meadows, deep woods and high mountainsides bathed in the sun. This is a small world apart made especially for canoeing. It is intimacy without equal.
Our river is considered a Class I and II. Class I is smooth flat water with little or no current or rapids. Class II may have a faster moving current with small rapids. There are several types of water on the river. There is some dead water, places where there isn’t any current and you will have to paddle through these pools. The river often narrows down and picks up speed and you will have alot of current in these places. Occasionally the river runs over rocks producing small riffles, but no true white water.
Join us…you can paddle the Northfork for two hours or two days, or more. There are quiet sections, and quickwater. The choice is yours. Your trip begins at our store. We’ll give you a map and go over your route to point out the particularly interesting places to see, swim, picnic awhile, as well as the difficult spots.
Then you’re off on your own to enjoy crystal-clear water that alternately tumbles, sparkles and flows as the river winds along it’s way.
At the end of your trip one of our buses will meet you and bring you back to our campground. You should be aware that obstructions exist in the river. Our maps, pointers and briefing must not be complete. The river is a living force that is changing constantly. We can only point out only factors that we are aware of and it is your responsibility to know your limits and stay within them.
All forms of trash must be carried off the river. You are responsible for leaving the river with everything you brought with you. An unexpected upset is not excuse. All food and beverages must be in a locking cooler, and no glass bottles on the river…never, ever! Please take a minute and pick up any trash you might find that is left by inconsiderate river users. Leave nothing behind except the path of your paddle.
We are All Responsible
The secret for all river users boils down to just a few things: communicate, be flexible, be reasonable, and use common sense. We are all caretakers of this river for future generations, so take care of it like it is your own house…because it is.