Dallas Downriver Club

Date: May 8th to 10th , 2015 Sponsor: DDRC
River: Eleven Point River Trip Leader: Bryan Jackson
Reach: Greer to Riverton with two nights at Horseshoe Bend paddle in camp in the middle Phone: 972-979-2519
Difficulty: Class I - II E-mail: paddlinpals@yahoo.com
Rendezvous: TBA will depend on size of group RSVP - REQUIRED!

Trip Description:

We will be doing a three-day – two night trip, camping on the river for two nights at Horseshoe Bend Float camp. The float camp is remote, and has only primitive facilities. The camp is close to quite a few hiking trails to points of interest in the Mark Twain National Forest. Fishing is also reported to be good, but be sure to procure a Missouri non-resident license if you want to fish. Total trip is right at 20 miles. 10 from the put in to the camp and 10 from the camp to Riverton with a layover day in between. 

If you plan to join us on this trip, please make sure that you RSVP as we will likely be planning a shuttle to be run by Richard’s Canoe rental. This will allow us to park our vehicles in a secure area. We will need a good count so we know how many divers will need shuttle. Whether or not we run the shuttle will also change the meet up point on Friday morning. Directions to all the possible locations are below.


Required Gear

The Eleven Point has some class I and I= rapids on it, nothing serious but make sure that you are paddling a boat that is not overloaded with your camping gear to prevent swamping.

Bring everything you will need to eat, sleep and survive for two nights on the river. Check the weather in advance of the trip to ensure you have the proper gear for the forecast.


Info on the river


 From Dallas Via I-30 east

 Estimated Drive Time 8 hours

Follow I 30 East to Little Rock, Ar.

Take Exit 55 US 167 N to Hardy Ar. Along the way 167 will join with US 412 and US 63

In Hardy follow US 63 north to Thayer, Mo and turn Right on Mo 19 N.

To get to the take out at Riverton


Follow Mo19 North to Alton and turn right on US 160

Follow to the river. Launch access is on the east side of the bridge.

To get to Greer Spring Put in or Richard’s Canoe Rental


Follow Mo 19 north through Alton about 8 miles.
Richard’s canoe Rental will be on your left.

If you are continuing to the Greer Spring put in follow 19 for about another 1.5 miles to the river. The access entry is across the bridge on the right.



Eleven Point Trip map

Destination: Eleven Point River  Missouri

When : Friday, May 8 to Sunday, May 10

Meeting Time : 9:00AM

Meeting Location: TBD (see below)

* International Scale of River Difficulty

Class I: Easy. Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight, self-rescue is easy.

Class II: Novice. Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed.

Class III: Intermediate. Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims.

Class IV: Advanced. Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require "must" moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting is necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. A strong eskimo roll is highly recommended.

Class V: Expert. Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to above average endangerment. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. At the high end of the scale, several of these factors may be combined. Scouting is mandatory but often difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is difficult even for experts. A very reliable eskimo roll, proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential for survival.

Class VI: Extreme. One grade more difficult than Class V. These runs often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible. For teams of experts only, at favorable water levels, after close personal inspection and taking all precautions. This class does not represent drops thought to be unrunnable, but may include rapids which are only occasionally run.

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