Indian Creek

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Serious Hazard
Serious Hazard

Minor Hazard
Minor Hazard

Commercial Access
Commercial Access

Public Access
Public Access

Roadside Access
Roadside Access

Rapids
Rapids

Swimming
Swimming

Backwater
Backwater

Confluence
Confluence

Mouth
Mouth

Cave
Cave

Scenic
Scenic

Mile Marker
Mile Marker

  • 00.00 – Mouth  Locate

    Mouth of Indian Creek.

  • 00.54 – Swimming  Locate

  • 01.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

  • 01.65 – Rapids  Locate

    Third part of a rapid three tier drop in elevation.

    Easily some of the best whitewater found in the entire Elk River basin.

    Good moderate water (200 cfs) required to traverse without snagging.

  • 01.83 – Rapids  Locate

    Second part of a rapid three tier drop in elevation.

    Easily some of the best whitewater found in the entire Elk River basin.

    Good moderate water (200 cfs) required to traverse without snagging.

  • 01.94 – Rapids  Locate

    First part of a rapid three tier drop in elevation.

    Easily some of the best whitewater found in the entire Elk River basin.

    Good moderate water (200 cfs) required to traverse without snagging.

  • 02.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

  • 02.31 – Scenic  Locate

  • 02.39 – Public Access  Locate

    Excellent boat ramp.

  • 03.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

  • 03.10 – Commercial Access  Locate

  • 03.29 – Hazard  Locate

    Clearance under bridge not usually sufficient to navigate a canoe. Be careful that you do not discover this before it is too late. If there is enough water to prevent clearance, then the flow will be too strong to turn back. Your best chances will be to quickly abandon the vessel before it strikes the bridge.

    If portaging over/around the bridge, the right side of the channel is the best side to get out. Be sure to note the hazard detailed just upstream at 03.30 mi!

    If navigating under the bridge, the best clearance can be found on the right side.

  • 03.29 – Roadside Access  Locate

  • 03.30 – Hazard  Locate

    A strong eddy has formed here in recent years after the placement of several large concrete barriers next to the road.

    During moderate water, the eddy is a popular swimming attraction. Swimmers here should use proper flotation devices, as the vortex produced by an eddy can be powerful and unpredictable.

    If you are portaging over/around the bridge just downstream, you will need to bank here. The eddy, however, can make this difficult. This is especially true in heavier waters of around 500 cfs or more. During these periods, consider this eddy an extremely dangerous hazard!

  • 03.30 – Swimming  Locate

  • 03.38 – Hazard  Locate

    During moderate water, flow suddenly swings towards right bank into tree debris. Be ready to manually navigate the channel here.

  • 04.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

  • 04.65 – Swimming  Locate

    A large, but gentle, eddy over a very deep hole makes for some interesting swimming. Swimmers using flotation devices can lounge in current produced, making countless revolutions around this 25 ft eddy with minimal effort.

  • 05.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

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  • 06.13 – Swimming  Locate

  • 06.15 – Hazard  Locate

    Tree debris in the channel constricts the navigable passage to little wider than a large canoe at this point.

    An absence of other complicating factors makes this a fairly easy obstacle to overcome.

  • 06.24 – Public Access  Locate

  • 06.57 – Rapids  Locate

    Stream splits into two channels.

    Right channel produces rapids from small boulders not far from the surface. Due to the snagging risk this poses, it is not recommended to run the right channel unless in moderately heavy water of 400 cfs or more.

  • 06.60 – Mouth  Locate

    Mouth of Beaver Branch.

  • 06.60 – Public Access  Locate

  • 06.61 – Swimming  Locate

    One of the deeper holes in the Elk River basin.

  • 07.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

  • 07.21 – Swimming  Locate

  • 07.63 – Swimming  Locate

  • 07.93 – Swimming  Locate

  • 08.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

  • 08.73 – Scenic  Locate

    Bluffs.

  • 08.94 – Hazard  Locate

    Beware of this deceptively plain looking turn in the stream!

    Flow suddenly swings to the right side of the channel, usually into a dangerous sweep.

    Be ready to stop before being washed into the deeper water of the right side of the channel!

  • 09.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

  • 09.05 – Hazard  Locate

    As the stream makes this right bend, the current has a tendency to push you into the left bank, usually into downed trees and other obstacles.

    Be ready to get out before reaching the deeper water along the left side of the channel.

  • 09.13 – Rapids  Locate

  • 09.62 – Swimming  Locate

  • 09.83 – Commercial Access  Locate

  • 10.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

  • 10.05 – Hazard  Locate

    Sellers Ford.

    Remnants of an old low water bridge litter the channel from one side to the other.

  • 10.95 Roadside Access  Locate

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  • 13.44 – Roadside Access  Locate

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  • 22.24 – Dam  Locate

    Broken down dam.

    Attempts to run this obstacle usually end in injury to both self and vessel.

  • 23.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

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  • 30.36 – Roadside Access  Locate

  • 31.00 – Mile Marker  Locate

  • 31.11 – Confluence  Locate

    North Indian Creek, South Indian Creek

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Statistics

Gradient: 8.7 feet per mile

Difficulty: mostly Class II, occasional Class III

Distance from mouth to
furthest known upstream
commercial or public access: 30.36 miles

Real-Time Data

Current volume figures may swing radically upwards without notice if southwest Missouri has received heavy or sustained rainfall within the past 12 hours of the most recent reading.

Volume Guidelines

Minimum Required to Float: 100 cfs

Dangerous Above: 800 cfs

Current Volume: 9510 cfs

Volume Graph

USGS Water-data graph for Indian Creek

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