This is a great entry-level creek to float on. Most of the residents in Joplin know Shoal Creek for its rocky ledges and slower moving waters.
center creek, mo
Center Creek is another great place for beginners wanting to practice. With some of the slowest moving waters in the area, people sometimes paddle upstream to float down.
Spring River, ar
With colder and faster-moving waters, this spring-fed river is awesome for someone wanting to expand their experience.
Big Sugar creek, Mo
Big Sugar is another great option for beginners wanting to get some experience under their belt. This creek is awesome for fishing and contains slow-moving waters.
Big piney Creek, Mo
This is the big brother of the Small Piney creek and is one of the widest rivers in Arkansas as is comes off of the Arkansas river. With faster moving waters, this river is best for intermediate floaters.
Little Sugar Creek, Mo
Little Sugar is another great option for beginners wanting to get some experience under their belt. This creek is awesome for bass fishing and contains even more slow-moving waters.
elk river, Mo
This river is a must to float! This is the best place for beginners wanting to further their experience without getting into something dangerous. Contains some spots of faster-moving water as well as calm spots.
indian creek, Mo
Indian Creek is another perfect spot for beginners wanting to try out floating. With river levels lower in the late summer and winter, it is an awesome springtime creek float.
why venture out into different floating opportunities
Experience: Your experience will rise by facing different waters
Isolation: Most floaters don't want to be around tens of other floaters in the water at once. There are opportunities to be found.
Opportunity: When you explore new waters, you may find your new favorite dive spot.
What to do before
You don't want to take something further than your education.
Check with local pro kayak shops. They know their waters more than we ever could.