MO Ozarks and into Arkansas
Posted by: fireguy on Feb-16-13 12:43 PM (EST)
Happy Saturday all,
I will be taking a short term job in the Van Buren area of MO... Timeframe will be late February through all of March. I am looking to do some paddling throughout the area mentioned. Mostly, camp trips and some hard smallmouth fishing. A little about my prior experience:
I started paddling in the great state of Pennsylvania on the Delaware. I have done overnighters from 1-7 days in places such as the Adirondacks, BWCAW, day trips in the coastal Carolinas, Florida Keys, and Maine. My prior boats have been a Wilderness Systems Pamlico 140, and a Current Designs 17 footer (I forget the exact boat, as I wasn't a huge fan, but it has a fond place in my heart as Big O).
I would love for any info pertaining to water levels, great outfitters that give great intel, fishing tactics, good reads so I can research, anybody paddling the area that wouldn't mind a tag along. And most importantly, does anyone know who/where to score a sweet boat?? With my most recent home being in the Salt Lake area, I sold my CD when I left SC and my Wilderness is at a family cabin in PA. I have all other gear paddle, PFD, dry bags, camping equip, fishing equip, etc. As you may have been able to tell from the writing, I am super-stoked to be paddling in this area!! Any help is appreciated!
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Posted by: PJC on Feb-17-13 8:04 AM (EST)
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Posted by: deuce on Feb-20-13 5:13 PM (EST)
plus the Spring just below the Missouri/Arkansas border for a fun little float. No camping on the Spring other than at outfitters' campgrounds, but the fishing is great; trout, smallmouth, walleye, etc. South Fork of the Spring is a quiet, often overlooked float with great fishing for smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass. Regarding the Buffalo, with a couple of exceptions the lower reach doesn't have any whitewater to speak of, but it does have great gravel bars for camping and outstanding smallmouth fishing and is runnable when the rest of the river isn't. It's a bit of a hike from Van Buren but well worth it for float camping. The King's river is also nice if you catch it right. As for where to get a boat, I highly recommend Ozark Mountain Trading Company. Super nice guys. They're based in Garfield, Arkansas but just opened a store in Ozark, Missouri outside of Springfield. They will fix you up with whatever you need and will be a pleasure to trade with.
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Posted by: wildernesswebb on Feb-21-13 10:44 AM (EST)