Highway 142 River Access


Area Status: Open

The Highway 142 access known as "The Narrows" is the last river access for the Eleven Point National Scenic River. This access is 8.7 miles downriver of Riverton. This is a developed site with a single-lane, concrete boat ramp, paved parking and a vault toilet.

Floaters can put in at the Riverton access and float the 8 miles to the Highway 142 Access for take out.

It is a quick drive over to Morgan Springs Float Camp parking where you can hike to Morgan Spring. These springs are at a beautiful area called the "Narrows," which gets its name from a narrow ridge of land between the river and Frederick Creek.

At a Glance

Rentals & Guides:
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Toilets,Parking
Fees: There are no fees.
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Light
Restrictions:
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Dogs must be on a 6 foot leash in the float camp.
  • No trash containers; please pack out all your trash
  • Follow the Leave No Trace Principles
  • No glass or polystyrene on the river.
  • The river can rise rapidly, be aware of changing conditions.
Closest Towns: Gatewood, MO (no services); Doniphan, MO
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Eleven Point Ranger District
Email | Phone and Address

General Information

Directions:

From Doniphan,

  • Take Hwy 160 west for 4 miles to Hwy 21 south
  • Turn left Hwy 21 south and travel 2 miles
  • Turn right onto  Hwy 142 west and travel 19 miles
  • The access is just past Hwy 142 River Access, just before the Hwy 142 bridge over the river, on the right.

Accessibility:

The toilets are accessible.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

River and Stream Fishing

Fishing the Eleven Point Wild and Scenic River is a very popular recreation activity on the Mark Twain National Forest.

The river sees a variety of users and is shared by canoes and boats, swimmers, trappers, and anglers. Please use caution and courtesy when encountering another user.

Be aware that 25 horsepower is the maximum boat motor size allowed on the Eleven Point River from Thomasville to "the Narrows" at Missouri State Highway 142.

The Varied Waters

Different fish live in different parts of the river depending upon the water temperature and available habitat.

  1. The upper river, from Thomasville to the Greer Spring Branch, is good for smallmouth bass, longear sunfish, bluegill, goggle-eye (rock bass), suckers, and a few largemouth bass. This area of the river is warmer and its flow decreases during the summer.
  2. The river and fish communities change where Greer Spring Branch enters the river. The spring more than doubles the volume of the river, adding millions of gallons of clear, cold spring water each day. This cold water makes it possible for Rainbow Trout to do well in this part of the river. Five and one-half (5-1/2) miles of river between the Greer Spring Branch and Turner Mill South Access is a Blue Ribbon Trout Area (BRTA).
  3. From Turner Mill to Riverton the water stays cold and is managed as a White Ribbon Trout Area (WRTA). Twelve inch (average) trout are stocked in the WRTA by the Missouri Department of Conservation from March to October. From Greer to the Arkansas state line you will also find numerous smallmouth bass, goggle-eye, suckers, longear sunfish, chain pickerel (pike) and an occasional walleye.

Baits and Tackle

Fish in the Eleven Point River are caught with a wide variety of tackle and with various baits. Worms, salmon eggs, cheese, canned corn, plugs, soft plastic lures, hard lures, grasshoppers, and artificial flies have all been used for fishing. Other types of live bait may be used for fishing.

When using live bait, special rules, limits, and capture methods also apply. Game fish or their parts may not be used as bait. In the BRTA, only flies and artificial lures may be used. Natural bait, scented bait, and soft plastic cannot be used in this area. Fish gigging is also prohibited in the BRTA.

Gigging

Gigging for fish is a time honored activity in the Ozarks that dates back to a time when good fishing equipment was not available. Hand made gigs for fishing are still made today. Suckers are the fish most often gigged. Gigging has certain seasons and limits. Some areas are also closed to gigging year round. Consult the latest copy of the Wildlife Code of Missouri if you wish to try your hand with this specialized type of fishing

Rules and Regulations

To protect and manage Missouri's fine fish populations, rules and regulations (the Wildlife Code of Missouri) have been enacted to insure that future generations will be able to enjoy the outdoor world. However, be aware that regulations may change each year. To prevent illegal fishing practices and possible citations, review and study the latest fish and game regulations published by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

 

A printable version of the fishing information for the Eleven Point River is available to download (pdf)

MDOC Special Waterbody Regulations for the Eleven Point River (html)

MDOC Fishing Prospects for the Eleven Point River (html)

Fishing Mode Canoe, Kayak, Wading
Fish Species
Fish Species Daily Limits Minimum Size in inches
Largemouth (Black Bass) 6* 12"
Smallmouth (Black Bass) 1* 15”
Sunfish (Longear and bluegill) 50 none
Rock Bass (Goggle-eye) 15 8”
Suckers 50** none
Drum 50** none
Walleye and Sauger 4 18”
Chain Pickerel (Pike) 6 none
Rainbow Trout (White Ribbon Trout Area) 4 none
Rainbow Trout (in Blue Ribbon Trout Area) 1 18"
* you may take a total of 6 Black Bass daily, but only one may be a Smallmouth Bass ** the limits are 20 fish total while gigging
Water Temperature 30 - 65 degrees
Fishing Method Rod & Reel, Flyfishing
Water/Flow Level varies w/ rainfall

Boating - Motorized

The Eleven Point National Wild and Scenic River meanders through the picturesque Ozark hills of southern Missouri. Its course is cut in the shadows of steep bluffs, through sloping forested valleys, and low-lying riparian ecosystems. Barely more than a small stream at its upper reaches near Thomasville, it gains considerable width and depth as its proceeds south-eastward.

The river has been designated for both motorized and non-motorized use. The motorized users must adhere to a 25 horsepower limit.

Boating - Non-Motorized

The Eleven Point National Wild and Scenic River meanders through the picturesque Ozark hills of southern Missouri. Its course is cut in the shadows of steep bluffs, through sloping forested valleys, and low-lying riparian ecosystems. Barely more than a small stream at its upper reaches near Thomasville, it gains considerable width and depth as its proceeds south-eastward.

The river has been designated for both motorized and non-motorized use.

Miles are starting from Thomasville and are as the river flows:

44.3 Mi. from Thomasville, the 142 (Narrows) Access is on the left just above Highway 142 bridge. This access is the last on the southern end of the Eleven Point National Scenic River Area. The Scenic River Area ends at the bridge, but the river continues south into Arkansas. Myrtle Access, managed by the State of Missouri, is located approximately 4.0 miles downstream near the state line.

49.3 Mi. Welcome to the State of Arkansas

Amenities

Parking: 10 boat parking spaces; 18 day use parking spaces
Toilets: Yes
Accessible: Some features and amenities are accessible
Boat ramp: Yes

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
River Mile 44.3 (see river map)

  Latitude : 
36.550194

  Longitude : 
-91.191532

  Elevation : 
390ft