Eleven Point River
Missouri’s Eleven Point River
The Eleven Point is not blessed with gravel bars for camping as some rivers, bur is fed by some of the loveliest wild springs in the state. Those of the upper river are relatively small, but Greer Spring, which is the second largest within the state, is surrounded by walking fern and other vegetation in its natural state. The main outlet boils from its basin and plunges down the hillside to the Eleven Point River 1.25 miles away. The average flow is more than 300 cubic feet per second and the drop is 62 feet. However, a raft run down the spring several years ago resulted in a drowning. The spring is on private property and has been graciously left open to the public, but permission to float the spring will not be given. Greer Spring nearly doubles the size of the river and makes the Eleven Point below Hwy. 19 quite floatable even in dry years. An 11-mile section of the river below Greer Spring is managed by MDC for rainbow trout. An area known as The Irish Wilderness, through which the river runs, is well named and indicates the character of this cool, fast river. The Eleven Point is a National Scenic River. Additional maps and literature are available from the supervisor, Mark Twain National Forest, 401 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, MO 65401.
Difficulty: I and II.
Gradients: General — 5.4; Thomasville to Hwy. 19 — 6.5; to Riverton — 5.6; to Stubblefield Ferry — 4.3.
0.0 Thomasville. Put-in at State Hwy. 99 Bridge. Section from here to State Hwy 19 not recommended in low-water.
0.5 Middle Fork enters and increases flow.
1.5 Mill Creek and Barren Fork add more water.
3.1 Posy Spring on left is a beautiful small spring issuing from a small cave in a woodland setting.
6.1 Blowing Spring on left.
6.5 Denny Hollow float camp on left. Roaring Spring on right.
7.3 Graham Spring branch on right. Spring 0.25 mile up branch.
9.3 Cane Bluff. Access and picnic area.
12.3 Spring Creek enters on left.
14.8 McCormack Hollow on left. Lake, fishing, spring and picnic area about one mile up Hollow, administrated by U.S. Forest Service.
16.0 Greer Spring Branch. See description above.
16.6 State Hwy. 19 Bridge. Campsites and put-in. Trail to Greer Spring 0.75 mile up hill.
19.5 Little Hurricane Creek on right.
20.0 Mary Decker Shoals. Rapids.
20.5 Hurricane Creek enters on left.
21.5 Turner’s Mill and spring. Location is also known as Surprise. Access on both sides of river. Camping on south side only.
22.0 Stinking Pond float camp on left.
26.5 Horseshoe Bend float camp on left.
27.0 Barn Hollow float camp on left. Bliss Spring just downstream.
28.5 White Creek float camp on left.
31.0 Greenbriar float camp on left.
33.4 Boze Mill Spring on left. River valley begins to widen here. Camping. No access.
33.7 River divides. Right channel usually best and provides a fast run over a ledge.
35.7 Riverton and Hwy. 160 Bridge. Access east side, picnic on west side beneath bridge only. No camping either side.
43.0 Thomasson Mill Spring Branch-Frederick Creek on right.
44.0 Morgan Creek float camp and Blue Spring Branch. Spring is approximately the eighth largest in state.
44.3 State Hwy. 142 Bridge. Take-out. Limited camping.
48.0 MDC Myrtle Access at site of old Stubblefield Ferry on west side. Limited camping.
49.0 Missouri-Arkansas state line.
This is an electronic reprint of a Missouri Department of Conservation document. More or updated information on this topic can be found at the Missouri Department of Conservation web site located at: mdc.mo.gov. Copyright 2003 by the Conservation Commission of the State of Missouri.
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