Float Trips on the North Fork River

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Please review our Trip Table below
From a few hours to a few days, you’re sure to find the trip you want!

Distances shown below are between put-in and take-out locations. The average times shown for a float are based upon normal water conditions and include some breaks for play or fishing.  Figure about 3 miles per hour when paddling normally and about 2 miles per hour if you stop for fishing or swimming.

  All floats are subject to availability. Time restraints may apply. Ask for specifics when making reservations.
HALF DAY FLOATS

5 Miles / 3 to 4 Hours, or as long as you like!
HEBRON TO TWIN BRIDGES
Leaves at 10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm

A good trip for those who prefer to drift and not have to worry about time because you end at Twin Bridges you can take out whenever you want. Put in is at Hebron conservation access. There are many bluffs and deep pools for swimming or fishing (this is an excellent stretch for smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fishing). Take out at Twin Bridges on the left above the Highway 14 bridge.

5 Miles / 4 Hours
TWIN BRIDGES TO HAMMOND
Leaves at anytime prior to 1 pm • Pick-up at 1 pm and 5 pm

A beautiful morning or afternoon trip Sights include bluffs, nice gravel bars, swimming holes, and a Bat cave (a sanctuary for an endangered species). Spring Creek joins the North Fork just below the Old Culvert Bridge. Take out is just below the Highway CC bridge on the left at Hammond Camp (North Fork Access).

 EXTENDED HALF DAY FLOATS

9 Miles / 6 Hours, or as long as you like!
HALES CROSSING TO TWIN BRIDGES
Leaves at 9 am, 11 am and 1 pm

Put in at Hales Crossing Bridge for a comfortable one day trip. This trip also gives you the wilderness flavor. There are nice gravel bars, swimming holes, and good smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fishing on this stretch of river. Shavey hole is a long pool which lends itself to quiet drifting and watching for wildlife. The Blue Heron can often be seen flying along ahead of your canoe. End at Twin Bridges and take out whenever you like!

10 Miles / 8 Hours
HAMMONDS TO BLAIR BRIDGE
Leaves at 8:30 am sharp • Pick-up at 5 pm

This is a comfortable one day trip in the latter part of the summer. Sights include Blue Spring (foot path around it is the beginning of the 26 mile Ridge Runner Hiking trail which ends at Noblett Lake), Rainbow Springs (5th largest spring in Mo. with ave. daily flow of 137,000,000 gallons). and the Falls. Excellent water for trout fishing. Take out past Blair Bridge on the left at the cement boat ramp.

  FULL DAY FLOATS

15 Miles / 7 to 8 Hours
TWIN BRIDGES TO BLAIR BRIDGE
Leave by 9 am • Pick-up at 5 pm

This is our most popular one day trip. You may leave Twin Bridges anytime before 9 am. Sights include Bat Cave, Blue Spring (average. daily flow 7,000,000 gal./day) which pours out of the East Bluff one half mile past Hammond Camp and is the most popular swimming spot on the river, Rainbow Springs (spring is on private property), The Falls (2 foot drop stay close to the right bank or go far left), bluffs and gravel bars, and beautiful clear water. Take out past Blair Bridge on the left at the cement boat ramp.

 2 DAY OVERNIGHT FLOATS

25 Miles / 12 to 14 Hours
TWIN BRIDGES TO TECUMSEH
Departure and pick-up by prior arrangement

18 Miles / 9 to 10 Hours
TOPAZ TO TWIN BRIDGES
Departure and pick-up by prior arrangement

A good two day trip for the earlier part of the season. Start at Topaz Mill (built in 1895 (not in operation but in good repair and privately owned), see the Spring Pond which flows into the North Fork (see Trip #5). Take your gear and camp on one of the many gravel bars. This float gives you the feeling of wilderness, beautiful bluffs, small springs, and caves (good chances for observing wildlife). Take out at Twin Bridges. Please see Rates page for shuttle fees.

 RAFT FLOATS

IF WATER LEVEL IS UP:
10 Miles / 6 to 7 Hours
HAMMOND TO BLAIR
Leaves at 8:30 am sharp • Pick-up at 5 pm

No glass bottles are allowed on the river! It’s the law! Thanks.