As a state with highlands, forest, prairies and plains, Missouri is the ideal destination for recreational activities like camping, hunting and fishing.

The Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri are some of the most popular canoeing rivers in the country.  Canoe lovers can camp and fish along the Ozark’s most popular rivers: the Meramec, Curtois and Huzzah.

Meramec River:

  • Fresh, spring-fed river
  • Floatable all year round
  • Paddlers will find the most scenic section of the river is between Meramec Spring and Meramec State Park
  • Class I difficulty

Huzzah Creek & Curtois Creek:

  • Tributaries of the Meramec River
  • Paddlers should check water levels beforehand, these creeks have specific floatable seasons
  • During high-float seasons, canoes will find fun, swift waters on these creeks
  • Huzzah Creek – Class I
  • Curtois Creek – Class I

Challenging Missouri Rivers for whitewater rafting:

  • St. Francis River – Class III+, IV
  • Chain of Rocks River – Class III, VI
  • Howell Island Conservation Area – Class III+, VI
  • Cedar Hill/ Big River – Class II+

Eleven Point River:

  • Year-round float stream
  • Begins in the Ozarks
  • Runs through the Mark Twain National Forest
  • Forested scenery, mixed with rocky hills
  • Frequent rapids
  • Class – II



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