James River

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The James River forms outside of Springfield and makes its way south to Table Rock Lake just south of Galena.  The James can be floated above Lake Springfield during periods of higher water, but some of the best the James has to offer is below the lake.  The river offers an easy relaxing float experience with plenty of great fishing spots along the way.  There are plenty of public access points available along the river that give you great options for the length of trip you would like to take.  Sections of the river below Springfield Lake are usually floatable except during dry summer months or periods of drought.

Best time to visit

Winter
Summer
Fall
Spring

Activities

Day Floats
Camping
Fishing

Additional Information

Paddlers Guide to Missouri available in-store.

Printable map.

MDC 

Southwest Paddler

USGS Gage Heights

@Springfield
@Boaz
@Galena

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