Float Trips
 

All float trips cancelled until further notice due to Covid 19.

Here at Bennett Spring State Park starting May 23, thru September 13.,  We offer a scenic float trip down the majestic Niangua River. The float trip begins at our launch inside the park and covers approximately 7 miles of the Niangua River to our take out at Barclay Public Access.  You will see a vast array of wildlife and meet other adventurous floaters. All of our floats are family oriented we do have a NO alcohol policy for our floaters to insure a calm peaceful float.We also require that the equipment be rented to someone 21 years or older. We offer canoes, kayaks and rafts.  Launch times begin at 8:30 AM. (Launch times subject to change due to water level) The float takes approximately 3 hours. (times depending on water level). For more information or to set up a float with us call 417-532-4307 ext 2.



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Testimonials
Spring, 1954. I was 9, my younger brother, Ray, 6. A friend of the family took us down. We parked in the lot across the street from the old park office. Our 'guardian' pulled a tarp and a blanket out of his trunk and said, "good night", sleeping on the ground. Ray and I ran around like we'd been released from prison! We'll never forget it. It's been almost 60 years since that first visit. The stream has changed tremendously: not all for the better in our opinion. Ray was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. (He's okay now.) But the first thought I had was, "I'll never be able to go to Bennett if anything happens to him!" Bennett is that special for us: a mystical place both past and present that binds us and restores our family. We can't go out on the 'new' dam without seeing our Dad leaning on the wall, watching us fish. If we were really "onto them", he'd brag, "those are my boys." The stranger would ask, "what are they using?". "I don't know and they won't tell me!" he'd reply. We have been and still are deeply grateful for Missouri maintaining this sacred, enchanted valley all these years. The memories of our lives and those of our ancestors are captured in the eternal waters cascading over the 'new dam'. Till the next siren blows.

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