Hi. I am a WW canoer from PA and will be in St louis area week of 7/4. I have family who want me to take them paddling and looks like class I-II sections of the St Francis, Stouts and Little St Francis are going to be good for them. I’ll have one in a ducky and the other one is going to be in the bow of my octane 92. Any issues we should know about? strainers or such. Any issues with put in and take outs? and whats the minimum flows to run them? I know for our rivers here what AW says is ‘unrunnable’ is usually not the case. Thanks for the help.
Sarah, the AW is pretty spot on, as far as “unrunnable”, on the watershed here. This time of year dries up reeeeeeally fast. We’ve been fortunate this spring with all the rains. The week of July 4th may be pushing it, but hey…..I’ll root for it.
The St. Francis is our main run here. It’s definitely the last thing running, with any challenge to it, when levels are low. Stouts is a tributary to the St. Francis and is runnable the day of, or after, a good rain. The Little St. Francis may be a bit boring for ya. Of course, it’s all what you’re looking for.
Give me a call before next Tuesday and I can give you some more details. I’m leaving on the 23rd for Ottawa, Ontario. I’ll be back the 1st of July. I’m sure there’d be a couple of us open boaters that’d be happy to paddle with you if there’s water.