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  canoe tripping rivers near Evansville
  Posted by: pblanc on Jan-14-14 10:15 AM (EST)
 

Well, if you haven't done a trip on the Eleven Point River in MO you should certainly consider it. It is no farther than the Current. The most popular stretch is from just below Greer Spring (at highway 19 crossing) down to Riverton (highway 160 crossing)which is a distance of about 19 miles, but you could continue another 9 miles or so down to The Narrows at the highway 142 crossing, and if the water is high enough, you could start above Greer, at Cane Bluff, say which is 7+ miles upstream of highwy 19.

The Eleven Point has a somewhat more remote feel than the Current and although there are quite a few float camps, I don't think you will be able to procure ice and showers very easily from the river.

The North Fork of the White River and nearby Bryant's Creek is a popular southern Missouri paddling local, although better suited for day trips than multi-day down river trips.

Although it is a couple of hours farther away from Evansville, you should certainly consider a trip on the Buffalo National River in Arkansas.

Another consideration would be the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River which flows northward in eastern Tennessee (near Oneida) into Kentucky. There is a great canoe camping section that begins at Leatherwood Ford and runs 27 miles to Blue Heron. This river is considerably more remote running through a gorge so forget about ice and showers. It also has a couple of significant rapids (Class III-IV depending on level) which most canoe trippers portage.

I have heard the Red River in Kentucky is very scenic but I haven't done it so I can't make any personal recommendations.

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