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Niangua River Canoe Trail is a 11.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Windyville, Missouri 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 but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.9 miles Elevation Gain: 95 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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Niangua River is a spring fed stream that is floatable from early spring to late fall. The water is rated Class One with some Class Two water. The country side is rolling Ozark forested hills. There are numerous sand bars and for fee camping opportunities. 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.

8 months ago

love floating and fishing this area, downfall is lots of people.

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10 months ago

As usual the Niangua is beautiful. It seemed busy for a Monday but it is the week of the 4th. It got a four star rating for two reasons. First, there are more scenic rivers it can’t compete with. Second, the amount of litter is embarrassing.

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Sat Aug 04 2018

Great float river. Very busy, do during the week to miss the crowds We did 26 miles talking out at Lead Mine.

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Wed Sep 06 2017

I completed 8 miles of this on a family float trip. It was beautiful with little to no people when we went. There was also a cute little duck that swam around the boat for awhile

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Thu Jun 02 2016

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.

Sat Feb 20 2016

Kayaked up stream, then down! Bushwhacked up Barclay Bluff with Angela Frizzell!

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Sat Aug 08 2015

Winter float or weekdays for fishing and peace and quiet. Summer weekends if you like drinking, cursing, nudity and fist fights.

Fri Aug 30 2013

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.

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Mon Aug 12 2013

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.

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Tue Feb 26 2013

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

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