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Overnight on the Eleven Point

Overnight on the Eleven Point

This is an overnight trip on one of the most scenic rivers in Missouri. The class 1 spring fed river has abundant wildlife, bluffs, and flowers. It’s just over the Missouri border about 3 and 1/2 hours from Memphis.

Cold, clear river with trophy trout (catch and release). Paddling through a cool layer of mist hanging over the river. Springs gushing out of a cave at Turner Mill (Saturday’s lunch stop), stops along the way to play and do “the river train”.

For those arriving Friday night:

Shuttle service and Boat Rental:
Richard's Canoe Rental is giving us a group rate of $50.00 per vehicle to shuttle our vehicles to the take out at Riverton.  They will pick up the vehicles at the put in Saturday  morning and take them back to their place.  They will then take them to Riverton Sunday morning.  Richard's Canoe Rental is located on Hwy 19 about half way between Alton and Greer Crossing (our put in).  The group rate is for 5 or more vehicles. Otherwise the rate is $60.00 per vehicle.

Paddle description
We will meet at the put-in at 8:30 am and be ready to launch by 9:00 am Saturday. The put-in is in the Greer Crossing Recreation Area, where Hwy 19 crosses the Eleven Point River.  If you are driving from Alton, the entrance is on the right, just over the bridge.  

Camping on Saturday will be at a remote, primitive campsite on the river. There are a few campgrounds along the river and hopefully we can find a spot in one of these to camp Saturday night. If not, there is always a gravel bar! See Note

Bring plenty of drinking water with you. (Freezing in big bottles works very well)  Or bring a water filter or water treatment tablets.

After breakfast on Sunday morning, we’ll load up and head down the river to Riverton, where Hwy 160 crosses the Eleven Point River.  Of course, we will stop at Blue Hole for a snack/lunch and a refreshing dip in the spring.  I think that we will reach the takeout by 2 pm.

A link to a map of the river with a mile by mile description is here. 

Bring the kids and come join us for the Big River Adventure!

Directions from Memphis

I-40 west across the Mississippi River and then take I-55 north.

Take the HWY 63 Jonesboro exit.  

Continue on HWY 63 through Hardy, past the Spring River, across the Missouri state line, to Thayer.  

Just past Thayer turn right on HWY 19.  

Continue on 19 to Alton.  

At Alton, take the second right to continue on HWY 19 to the Eleven Point River.  There is a new Family Dollar here where Eleven Point Canoe Rental used be.

Greer campground is just over the bridge, on the right.  Look for Shelby Co. tags if you arrive late and want to share a campsite.

Other Details:

Saturday, June 10, 2023, 8:00 AM until Sunday, June 11, 2023, 5:00 PM
Near Alton, MO
NE on Hwy 19
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Greer Crossing Recreation Area
Winona, MO  65588
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Paul W Beebe
Teresa Beebe
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