If you are looking for some introduction to our rivers and streams, this is your opportunity. Please mark your calendars for the OMP Recreational Paddling Clinic on Saturday, August 16th. We will be meeting at the Southwood Access on Springfield Lake/James River at 9am and students/participants will need to bring:
- PFD (personal flotation device)
- sunscreen/sun protection
- lunch and snacks
- water/drinks (no alcohol)
Please CLICK HERE to download and print your application (which contains all the further details for the clinic), fill out completed, and send them to OMP no later than August 9th. For more more information, please contact Marty Zerr 417.818.8981 -or- Jason Haskin 417.379.2220.
The July float will be on the Spring River below Mammoth Spring just below the MO/AR border. We will meet at the Spring River Oaks take out at 10:00 am Sat 26th.
Driving directions from Springfield – Hwy 60 east to Hwy 63 south to Thayer, MO. After crossing the state line continue 8 miles south on Hwy 63 and turn right on the County Rd and follow the signs to Spring River Oaks about 2.5 miles. We will shuttle boats and people to the put in and float back to Spring River Oaks. Approx 10 mile float in water from Mammoth Spring which flows at approx 9 million gal/hr. The river is scenic and appropriate for any skill level. There is one short section of fast water (Saddler Falls) where a crowd usually gathers at to watch people crash (drunken and or inexperienced floaters).
I have floated the Spring in a canoe and a variety of different kayaks and always had a good time. We should be off the river around 5:00. Spring River Oaks has a nice campground for anyone interested in spending the night but the OMP Picnic is the next day so I will probably drive home to Springfield when we get off the river. Anyone interested in camping can call to make reservations 870-856-3885 . the website says they do not allow pets.
Please contact Marty Zerr 417- 818-8981 or Trent Fears 417-598-3030 and let us know if you will be joining us.