Greer Spring & the Eleven Point River: Jewels of the Ozarks

Reflections on a 2007 fishing adventure

By Len Stagoski

For many years of my Missouri float fishing avocation (which has been most of my adult life), I had longed to float the Eleven Point River.  

Time and again I had read and been told about its magnificent scenery and swift, clear flowing water, as well as being prime trout and smallmouth fishing.  

Finally, during the early part of August 2007, after planning our fishing adventure during a luncheon date, three of my Missouri Smallmouth Alliance buddies (Dave Pins, Les Anderhub, Heinrich Heissinger) and I departed on a Sunday morning for Alton, Mo. (24 miles south of Winona on Highway 19).

We arrived at Alton in time to check into the Alton Motel (417-778-6208) and then drive north on State Road (SR) 19 for 10.5 miles to the trailhead leading down to Greer Spring, for sight-seeing before taking our planned float-fishing trip on the Eleven Point River on Monday.

The one-mile trail to the third largest spring in Missouri has some rather steep grades, but the trail has been much improved by the U.S. Forest Service, with guardrail steps and rest stop benches along the way.  

In the 95-degree temperature we experienced while walking the trail, the roar of the daily average flow of 222 million gallons of spring water gushing from the bottom of dolomite bluffs, then rushing over large boulders toward the Eleven Point, beckoned us on.  

On reaching the spring’s valley, the sights and sounds we encountered were nothing short of spectacular!

Monday morning, we gathered around a table at Gramma’s Kitchen, locally well-known for its country-style pancakes, biscuits and all the other “fixens.”  

We consumed a generous breakfast, then drove 13 miles east on SR 160 to our put-in site at an access ramp where a bridge crosses the Eleven Point; a location known as Riverton.

Arrangements had previously been made with Mike Jones, owner of Hufstedler’s Canoe & Campground (417-778-6116), to follow our two vehicles to the take-out site at the SR 142 bridge over the Eleven Point, some 8.6 miles downstream, and provide shuttle service for our drivers back to our put-in site.  

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While waiting at Riverton for the shuttle to return… to say I was “anxious” to shove off and cast my line would be a gross understatement!  

Our earlier planning had a flaw… not leaving Alton Motel earlier on that Monday morning. Finally, at 10 a.m., our three canoes glided into the cold, clear and moderately swift river.

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