1. Buffalo River
Four-to six-hour float from Ponca to Kyle’s Landing. For more information, call Buffalo Outdoor Center at 1-870-861-5514.
Why it’s Great: The Buffalo offers breathtaking views of the Ozark Mountains and several sites for camping and hiking. The river is best enjoyed in May before the dry season begins.
Don’t Miss: Keep your eyes open for Big Bluff natural bluff face and Hemmed-In Hollow waterfall.
2. North Fork River
Four-hour float from Sunburst Ranch to The Landing. Call Sunburst Ranch at 417-284-3443.
Why it’s Great: The scenic North Fork River will dazzle you with its crystal-clear waters and multiple natural springs.
Don’t Miss: This float offers access to Althea Spring, one of the most picturesque spots on the North Fork. To access the spring, pull your canoe over at Patrick Bridge and follow the path through the woods. Daring floaters will take the plunge into the spring’s icy pool.
3. Eleven Point River
Eight-to-10-hour overnight float from Greer to Riverton. Call Eleven Point Canoe Rental at 417-778-6497.
Why it’s Great: The Eleven Point National Scenic River was preserved by Congress under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The river is still largely wild, making the Eleven Point a perfect destination for a relaxing weekend getaway.
Don’t Miss: Be sure to check out nearby Greer Spring. The second-largest spring in Missouri is accessed via a trail descending from Missouri Highway 19.