As a young teenager my grandparents and I would spend my summer vacation fishing on the beautiful Eleven Point River.
One of our favorite put-in spots was the Turner Mill access area. We would spend several days throughout the summer trying to catch our limit of the rainbow trout that are stocked along the cool spring waters of the Eleven Point.
However, as I have gotten older, I have found that there are many other enjoyable things to do at or near the Turner Mill area.
The Turner Mill area is located about 11 miles north of Alton, Mo., on Highway 19, that is if you’re going to the south access. If going in on the north access, it will be located approximately 15 miles south of Winona, Mo., which is also on Highway 19.
Turner Mill is located around the 21.5 river mile marker on the Eleven Point River. Another way to find this spot is to go approximately 5 miles downstream of the Greer Crossing Rec Area.
For those who have a fondness for old mills found along the riverways of Missouri, you will find that all that is left of the original mill is a beautiful 25-foot metal wheel that is still standing where the mill once stood years ago.
It is one of those places that you can close your eyes and picture in your mind what once went on in this area back when day-to-day operation was in full swing. The 25-foot wheel has obviously made for some breathtaking photos for photographers, as well.
Turner Mill is also known for its excellent trout fishing. Like I mentioned earlier, my grandparents and I have spent many days anchoring in the swift waters to be able to catch some one of the most beautiful rainbow trout.
I recently accompanied a group from my church on a men’s fishing trip during mid-July. Out of the 16 fisherman in our group, everyone caught their limit of four trout by mid-morning.
Around noon that day we all gathered on the bank to fry fish, potatoes, onions, okra, and even some deep-fried biscuits that we covered with fresh honey.