Cane Bluff River Access

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Cane Bluff River Access is located on the left side of the Eleven Point National Scenic River at 9.3 miles. This upper section of the river is small and is comfortably floated in the spring season. Cane Bluff Access has concrete boat ramp, picnic tables and restrooms along a scenic stretch of river with towering rock bluffs. Gravel access road off Highway 19 is rough in places, and has on ford across shallow spring branch.

At a Glance

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 Winona, start on SR 19 for 0.8 miles, turn right onto US 60, travel until you see SR 19 travel 26 miles and turn left onto US Hwy 160. Cane Bluff is located on CR 405 which connects to SR 19 by CR 19-402.

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Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

Primitive Camping, no facilities, centrally located vault toilet.

Dispersed camping is the term used for free camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, no structures, no trash cans, no treated water, and no fire grates. There are extra responsibilities required for this type of camp. It's a must to educate yourself before you try it, but we hope the adventure of dispersed camping in the Mark Twain National Forest calls to you!

  1. Pick a Campsite and follow the Leave No Trace Principles
  2. Camp 100 feet away from trails and water sources.
  3. Treat any water found in the area before consuming it.
  4. Human waste (Feces) must be buried at least 6 inches deep and covered.
  5. Pack out all of your garbage.
Difficulty Level: Easy

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  Area/Length : 
River Mile 9.3 (see river map)

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  Elevation : 
574 ft - 745 ft