Your Guide to the Best Floats & Springs

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Hopping into a canoe and pushing off a gravel bar into the clear, cold water of a spring-fed river is one of the biggest joys of summer. And here in southern Missouri, we have a lot to brag about when it comes to spring-fed rivers. From deep swimming holes and roiling falls to icy springs and first-rate trout fishing, these pristine streams offer something for every type of outdoorsy personality. This summer, make it your goal to see our state from a canoe—oar in hand. And let this feature be your guide to all the best things to see and places to stay along the winding watery highways of Missouri.

With photos by
Aaron Clark • Val Cooley
Cassie Darst • Jessica Kennon
Kyle Kosovich • Brooke Leeka
Jennifer Linders • Brian Cormack
and Kevin O’Riley

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