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North Fork of the White River, Missouri
Report by Marc W. McCord

Forming in far southwest Texas County, in the mark Twain National Forest of the Missouri Ozarks, is the North Fork of the White River, a 78-mile long, Class I to II stream with an almost perpetual, spring-fed flow that runs south through Douglas and Ozark Counties to Norfork Lake along the Arkansas border. This beautiful wilderness river is characterized by excellent quality, crystal clear water, banks lined with hardwood trees, a usually swift current and many rapids, small ledge drops and standing waves that provide excitement, though not too much technical difficulty. The river is navigable by boaters with even modest skills and experience.

While the upper two-thirds of the river is not too frequently paddled, the lower 25.4 miles is very popular with canoeists, kayakers and tubers during spring and summer months. Outfitters are prolific along the lower river, so getting rentals and/or shuttles is fairly easy and reasonably priced. If this river is not enough for you, the very nearby are Bryant's Creek, a tributary of the North Fork, as well as the Current, Jacks Fork, Eleven Point, Saint Francis and Black Rivers, all of which have very similar characteristics, though none has the number of rapids offered by the North Fork. Paddling and camping opportunities are abundant all along this gorgeous stream that is less than 90 minutes southeast of Springfield, in a wild and undeveloped wilderness area that is protected by the US Forest Service and maintained by its Mark Twain national Forest office.

Click the links below for information regarding the section of the North Fork of the White River and its tributaries where you want to paddle.

[ North Fork of the White River ] [ Bryant's Creek ]

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