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The Eleven Point is not blessed with a lot of gravel bars for camping like many Ozark streams, but along its 44 miles it moves in a hurry and is better known as an excellent canoeing and trout fishing stream.

Greer Spring is a sight to behold. Greer Spring Access is the start of the Blue Rainbow Trout Area that extends to the Turner Mill Access. In this area, anglers may only keep one trout exceeding 18 inches long. However, while floating from the mill to Riverton Access, four trout of any size can be kept. That area is stocked regularly by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

On the day Brad and I floated and fished the Eleven Point, we talked to floaters from as far away as Dallas who said this was the best river they had ever been on, and they keep coming back at least three times a summer.

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Meeker, of Springfield, was excited about his float on the river, where he saw big rainbow trout swimming in the deep, clear waters and a lack of other floaters even on a Memorial Day weekend.

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11 different answers."

On a float fishing trip down the Eleven Point, a paddler might see a lot of wildlife, including deer, turkey, otters, blue herons and even beavers.

The Eleven Point is fed by several of the loveliest wild springs in the state. Greer Spring is the 10th largest spring in the world and doubles the size of the river. Greer Spring gushes more than 220 million gallons of water a day. The river can be floated year round as it winds its way, primarily through the Mark Twain National Forest.

After nearly 10 years running the business, Sloss said it was the best investment he ever made.

The Greer Trail is a 1.8 mile hike through old growth forest and descends 250 feet to the spring. It is a beautiful and challenging hike that's fewer than 500 feet from the Puma Shoes White And Green

"The one I like best is that there was a hunter who shot an 11 point deer near the river. Other stories include that there were some early Indians who counted 11 points, or hills around the stream. Another was there were 11 springs along the river, but in reality, there are many more. There has been nothing documented regarding the name."

Missouri 19 bridge. Greer Spring is the most undisturbed spring in the Ozarks.

One thing we noticed about the river was that it moves faster than most streams in the state. Having floated streams including the Current, Jacks Fork, Sac, James, Black, Pomme, Niangua and even North Fork, we found the Eleven Point a surprise.

The Eleven Point is the only wild and scenic river Puma Canvas Shoes in Missouri, so designated when Congress created the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in 1968. Eight rivers were included in that designation, including 44 miles of the Eleven Point.

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The two prized fish in the river are rainbow trout and smallmouth bass.

I had been coming down to the river from Columbia for many years and fell in love with the river and area. Sloss decided he would like to own a float business and asked the owner of the canoe rental spot in Alton if he knew of any for sale. The owner said his canoe rental was for sale, so Sloss bought it in 2004.

"It was a very good river to float," he said. "I had Puma Ankle Shoes Men

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When ask how the river got its name, Sloss said there are a lot of different stories.

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After our float and fishing trip down the Eleven Point, we now see what Meeker was talking about. Floating the fast river, catching fish and taking side trips including a hike to Greer Spring, was a rewarding experience.

"The smallmouth seem to max out at around 18 inches, and every once in awhile someone will catch a 20 incher," Sloss said. "The largest trout I have heard of was taken last summer. It weighed more than 14 pounds. There are plenty of rainbows that are between 18 and 20 inches."

It didn't take long to see why floaters like the river. Moving along at a fast pace, we made casts with a Kastmaster spoon. In one spot, we caught rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel and even several pumpkinseed sunfish. We caught many smallmouth and trout, which are the most sought species.

Sloss is an avid fly fisherman who has guided and taught others how to fish. Years ago, while living in Columbia, he started guiding fly fishermen in the Ozarks on a part time basis. Besides guiding fishermen and running the canoe rental business, Sloss is always aware of the importance of protecting and preserving trout fishing on the river. On guided trips, he doesn't let the anglers keep trout they catch.

Jerry Walters, a visitor to the river said, " If you ask 11 people about how the river got its name, you might get Puma Pink And White

Oregon County is in south central Missouri along the Arkansas border. It is about 130 miles from Springfield.

"I had been coming down to fly fish for nearly 20 years," Sloss said. "Today, we get floaters from all over the country. Memphis and St. Louis are regulars, and we have people from Springfield and Kansas City, as well as from other states."

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Last week, Brad and I checked in with Brian Sloss, owner of Eleven Point Canoe Rental, and then we headed for the river.

The Eleven Point River is in Oregon County within the boundaries of the Mark Twain National Forest. The river starts near Willow Springs in Howell and flows southeast through the county.

The best way to experience the Eleven Point, says Sloss, is to pack your gear with you. Forest float camps, which are first come, first served.

moving Eleven Point River an angler's haven

After talking to Wally Meeker about his float on the Eleven Point River near Alton, my son, Brad, and I had to give it a try.

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planned on floating many of the float streams in Missouri, but I don't think I will see and enjoy any of them as much as my son and I did on the Eleven Point."

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