Missouri Journals

Floating the Black River

A March 2006 trip to Missouri by bocochiro

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Floating the Black River

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One of my favorite haunts is the upper Black River, located in Southeast Missouri. Until the Taum Sauk Reservoir break in December 2005, which decimated Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, it was an absolutely pristine stream. It remains to be seen how long it will take for it to completely recover. That said, even with a bit of a murky tint a few miles down river, it is still beautiful. It is also near several other Southeast Missouri natural attractions, such as Elephant Rocks, Sam A. Baker and Taum Sauk State Parks, and Clearwater Lake, which the river feeds. You can make a weekend of it, or spend even more time exploring the area.Quick Tips: The best way to experience Black River is by canoe, ...Read More