Niangua River; Hwy "K" to Lake Niangua is a 49.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Windyville, Missouri that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. 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. Floating from Moon Valley is generally the furthest upstream you can put in at which is about 7 miles upstream from Bennett Springs State Park. However in high water you can start at hwy K. Canoe outfitters offer many differant lengths of canoe trips from several different points of the river.
The point on the map is no good, no place to park safely, no marked trail, no signs. Private property all around.
Lots of people here in the summer. Easy water.
The Niangua is a spring fed flat water stream allowing you to canoe all year. Largely void of signs of civilization. Great for all ages. Easy for all ages to paddle. Many outfitters. Good locations for priimitive camping on sand bars. The state park and a couple of state conservation areas are along the river making many takeout and launching areas. Have done this river, coupled with trout fishing and hiking, half a dozen times with the boy scouts.