Thomasville River Access

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Thomasville River Access, situated in Oregon County, provides the first opportunity for accessing the Eleven Point National Scenic River. State Highway 99 bridge is the put in point for river access. It provides an amazing float trip down the river from Thomasville to either Cane Bluff (9.3 miles) or the Greer Access (16.6 miles). This section of river can usually be floated March through June. Motorized boats are not recommended. While floating you will be able to view nature at her best. Beautiful flowers, tall shady trees, and graceful wildlife. The water flows clear and unpolluted from more than 30 major springs that feed it constantly and produce year round paddling conditions. There are some spots that will require walking and/ or portages as the river is not deep in some places, particularly in drought season. The rapids on the river are generally classified as Class I-II. There is a generous variety of fish in the river also, everything from crayfish to large mouth bass. You will need to check state regulations for fishing due to certain fishing limitations.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice
Rentals & Guides: There are currently three canoe, rafts, or kayak outfitters for rental and shuttle services. Eleven Point Canoe Rental, Alton, Mo., 417-778-6497. Hufstedlers's Canoe Rental \& Guide Service, Riverton, Mo., 417-778-6116. Richard's Canoe Rental, Alton Mo., 417-778-6168.
Fees There are no fees.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Alton, MO
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Alton, Mo., take 160W heading towards West Plains, Mo. Turn onto State Highway 99 towards Thomasville, Mo., for 1.5 miles, turning left onto a gravel road right before the Thomasville bridge that will curve around taking you under the bridge to the Thomasville River Access. From Winona (Hwy 60), turn on State Hwy 99 at Birch Tree, Mo., continuing 16 miles through Thomasville, pass over the bridge and turn right onto the gravel road just past the bridge. Continue on the gravel road under the bridge to the Thomasville River Access.

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  Elevation : 
400 ft depending on what area of the river you are in