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2016 Current River Canoe Camping

  • 10/12/2016
  • 9:00 AM
  • 10/20/2016
  • 3:00 PM
  • Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri
  • 11


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We are going for a week of sublime canoe camping on the Current River in Missouri!  The Current River is a spring fed gem in the Ozark hills of SE Missouri.  While heavily canoed in the summer, the Current is quiet by October.  This is a beautiful trip!  It is also a quite leisurely trip - this is my last extended canoe trip of the year, and we are going to enjoy it!   We will be camping on extensive gravel bars after paddling glass-clear water!  While paddling we can visit some historic sites and springs.  Now for the disclaimers - while the normal weather for this try is dry and warm, we have had episodes of cold and / or rainy weather.  The Current River is rated Class 1+ for difficulty, some some boating experience is needed.  On the section I prefer, we have one chute that approaches Class 2 in difficulty.  The Current River is clear, and has a fairly steady current.  The river alternates deep pools and channels with swift, shallow runs - and given that the bottom of the river is gravel, you can expect to scrape your boat more than a few times.  We will be doing primitive camping on gravel bars with no toilet facilities!  We pass by National Forest Service campgrounds a couple of times during the week, so water jugs can be filled with treated water and bathrooms visited ... but the normal bathroom experience will be dig a hole and squat!   I have been doing a Current River in October since 1997, so that is my vote on how this is at that time of year.  Basic Equipment Needs - a decent tent, sleeping bag rated for 20 degrees, clothing for hot and cold days, and a really good attitude!

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