River Recreation 


Recreation on the James River and its Tributaries

Topographic Map of the James River- Use this map to assist in navigating the beautiful James River.

Ozark Mountain Paddlers- Focusing on Conservation, Recreation, and Education. Many resources and activites to encourage and support utilization of our rivers.

Missouri Canoe- A mile-by-mile description of the James and Finley rivers to assist in planning your trip to float these beautiful waters.

Float Missouri- A website offering helpful information on trip planning. Includes maps, suggestions and a forum.

Southwest Paddler - A description and other helpful information about the James River.

Conservation Department Boat Ramps- This will take you to a map of Missouri. Here you can zoom in to areas within the state to learn the exact location of available boat ramps.

MDC Bass Managment Areas- If you like to float and fish, this site links to maps of different rivers in the state and what stretches are being managed for what types of bass. Click here to go directly to the James River map.

A Guide to Ozark Float Fishing - What more needs to be said? Except, see helpful links to to the right of the page as well. Currently unavailable.

Conservation Area Atlas - Contains ways of searching for conservation areas by county, region, or name. Or if you like you may go directly to these Conservation Areas on the James River: Joe Creighton Access, Lake Springfield Access, Delaware Town Acess, Shelvin Rock Access, Hooten Town Access, Kerr Access, Ralph Cox Memorial Access.

USGS Gauging Sites on the James. Here you can see gauge levels, discharge info and more. Sites are located near Springfield and at Galena.

Ozark Greenways Trails- Visit this page where you will find the information on the James River Water Trail which is a 6 mile float from Creighton Acess to Springfield Lake. Or just click on the Water Trail link to go directly to the map and other information.

A Paddler's Guide to Missouri - This inexpensive book featuring the wonderful floatable rivers in Missouri can be purchased from this Missouri Department of Conservation NatureShop website.  There is a digitial version of the text portion of the book as well as  added coordinate information that can be viewed on Google Earth or Google Maps available here.  This is available as a part of a project by KayakSwarm with permission from Missouri Department of Conservation.

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