Niangua River Kayaking is a 24.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lebanon, MO that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Niangua River is a spring fed stream that is floatable from early spring to late fall. The water is rated class I with some class II water. The country side is rolling Ozark forested hills. There are numerous sand bars and for fee camping opportunites. It is popular trout fishing stream. The Niangua is renowned for its trout fishing as most of it is down stream from Bennett Springs State Park with its trout hatchery. The state park is used as a base camp for many floating the river. There are also numerous outfitters along the river. The stream can be crowded on the weekends so a mid week float is recommended to experience a little solitude. Canoe outfitters offer many differant lengths of canoe trips from several different points of the river.
Have done the float several times with our scout troops. 25 miles with an overnight camp on the sand bars is challenging for 12 year old scouts. We always incorporate trout fishing at Bennett Springs SP and do the Natural Tunnel Trail at the park before we head out on the river.
Niangua is a very nice clear spring fed river. Very few signs of civilization also past the first 10 miles - not to much in the first 10. There is virtually no traffic once you get past the first 10 miles which has regular use by the local outfitters.