Niangua River; Moon Valley to Bennett Springs SP is a 8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Windyville, MO that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for fishing and canoeing and is accessible from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
Great float. Returned and did it with the family. Have canoed the Niangua numerous times with several routes. Always a great float.
It is very common to see Bald Eagles in the area. This trip a bald eagle swooped down with in 20 ft. of us.
Easy float fun for all.
We live here, and float Moon Valley to Bennett or Moon Valley to Prosperine/Mountain Creek all the time. It's going to be shallow in dryer spells and faster/more attention demanding in wetter spells. I love that there are not a lot of people on the upper part. We floated it 12/4/12- last year- in 77 degree weather, and it was beautiful. It was right after deer season, and we saw several carcasses and one little doe that was dying half in/out of the water at the bottom of a cliff. We could do nothing for her, unfortunately. Saw three bald eagles that day as well. there was not a soul on any stretch, although it was a gloriously beautiful day.
Did this float during flood stage and it was a wild and woolly trip. Had so much fun went back and did it again. Got knocked out of the kayak about three times. Great fun