Little Niangua River

Missouri’s Little Niangua River

The Little Niangua River is fed by numerous large springs and is considered, along with its larger sister stream, to be one of the best fishing rivers in the state. When water is low, a canoe or kayak can be paddled across the longer and deeper pools, but may have to be walked over riffies.

Difficulty: I and frequently II.
Gradients: general- 4.8; above Hwy. 54 to Hwy. P area – 5.5; to Hwy. J – 4.3.
Counties: Hickory, Camden.

Little Niangua River – Mile-By-Mile Description

0.0 Low-water bridge on County Road 200. Access during high water only.
2.6 Hwy. 54 Bridge.
5.2 River divides. Right channel usually best but left channel meets road at small settlement of Almon. No access.
8.2 Low-water bridge on County Road 96. Mule Shoe Conservarion Area on right.
11.8 County Road 66 Bridge access.
12.8 Starks Creek on left.
18.5 Macks Creek on right.
19.2 Griswald Ford at mouth of Coffee Hollow Creek. Multiple spring on north side of ford.
19.9 Green’s Ford.
21.8 Howard’s Ford. Rocky riffie.
23.7 Burnt Mill Spring, which once operated a mill that was burned during the Civil War.
25.5 Bannister Ford. Bridge crossing.
27.1 Kolbs Hollow Creek on left.
28.2 Spring Branch on righr. Flow is 3 million gallons per day.
31.3 Fiery Fork Creek on left and Fiery Fork Conservation Area and canoe/kayak access on left. On County Road 7-17.
34.3 Hwy. J Bridge access. Water below this point is part of Lake of the Ozarks .

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: Copyright 2003 by the Conservation Commission of the State of Missouri. 
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Under Missouri law, an outfitter is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in paddlesport activities resulting from the inherent risks of paddlesport activities pursuant to the Revised Statutes of Missouri. Chapter 537 RSMO revised to 537.327
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