Bookers Bend


Area Status: Open

Bookers Bend Access is a small gravel boat/canoe access for the Big Piney River.

Upriver you can start from East Gate or Crossroads River Access. From East Gate to Bookers Bend is 11 miles, from Crossroads to Bookers Bend is 8 miles.

If you are leaving from Bookers Bend you can travel downriver for 8 miles to the Gasconade River. You can take out on the Gasconade River at one of the public accesses. Most of the land along this stretch of the Big Piney is private, so please be aware of where you are if you plan to stop.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For Stream Flow and Flooding forecast visit the USGS website
Operational Hours: Day Use Hours: 6 am to 10 pm
Rentals & Guides: There are no outfitters authorized to operate at this location.  Check with the http://www.missouricanoe.org/ for information on rentals.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees: No fees
Open Season: January - December
Restrictions:
  • No overnight camping in day use areas at any time of year.
  • Dogs must be on a 6 foot leash in the day use area
  • No trash containers; please pack out all your trash.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Follow the Leave No Trace Principles
  • The river can rise rapidly, be aware of changing conditions.
Closest Towns: Fort Leonard Wood Military Post/St. Robert, MO; Rolla, MO
Water: None
Restroom: None
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Ranger District
Email | Phone and Address

General Information

Directions:

From Rolla,

  • From I-44 go 16 miles to Highway J, exit 169
  • Follow State Hwy J for 4.5 miles
  • turn right onto Thistle Road for 2.8 miles.
  • Stay left for another 2 miles to Thomas Lane
  • Thomas Lane dead ends at Bookers Bend.

 


Activities

River and Stream Fishing

This river has variating runs and riffles with some pools. The bottom is mostly gravel.

State regulations apply.

The boat launch is single-lane gravel launch.

The bottom of the river is gravel, and can be a little murky when it rains. This is a smallmouth bass special management area with M-DOC and is stocked with bluegill, catfish and largemouth bass

Fish Species smallmouth, largemouth, rock bass (or google-eye), panfish
Special Designations Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area
Fishing Mode boat, shore, wade
Fishing Platform None
Water Temperature Cold
Fishing Method Flly, Pole/Rod & Reel

Boating - Motorized

This area has a gravel boat ramp, and is suitable for launching a motorboat or non- motorized watercraft.

This is a great, family-friendly river for those looking for a leisurely trip with beautiful scenery. The river is fed by numerous springs and is usually floatable year-round, unless it’s been particularly dry.

The river at this launch is deep and slower moving and wider than in previous sections.

Motor Type Gas, Electric

Boating - Non-Motorized

This area has a gravel boat ramp, and is suitable for launching a motorboat or non- motorized watercraft.

This is a great, family-friendly river for those looking for a leisurely trip with beautiful scenery. The river is fed by numerous springs and is usually floatable year-round, unless it’s been particularly dry.

The river at this launch is deep and slower moving and wider than in previous sections.

Amenities

Parking: 3 vehicles with trailers

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities