Ozark Greenways

James River Water Trail (for floating and fishing!)

This is not a trail for walking, running or biking --- it's for canoeing, kayaking, fishing and wildlife watching! Water Trails are river sections that have been designated as great for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. The James River Water Trail is 6-mile route from Joe Crighton Access to Springfield Lake boathouse. The public can rent a canoe or kayak starting and finishing at the Springfield Lake Boathouse, or bring your own boat and explore from Crighton Access or Southwood Access upstream.

Our Ozarks rivers are a wonderful resource - right in our backyard! It's lots of fun to float, to see the river wildlife, and it's a vital water source for drinking and living.

POINTS OF INTEREST: Connection to the James River Greenway & Trail of Honor; Canoes and kayaks can be rented spring through fall at Lake Springfield Park boathouse, North Shore Access (417) 891-1550; Springfield-Greene County Park Board has fun outdoor programs listed at www.parkboard.org


Parking & Trail Access

Joe Crighton MDC Access; Southwood MDC Access; Springfield Lake Park Access


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6 miles


Springfield's James River - Class I, during normal water level (do not use during flooding)


Canoeing, kayaking, fishing


Open during daylight hours only

Interactive Map

  • Gravel
  • Pavement
  • Mulch/Natural
  • Water
  • Bike Lanes
  • Shared Lane Markings
  • Signed Bike Route

Greenway Etiquette

  • Show courtesy, greenways are for all users.
  • Yield right-of-way to pedestrians.
  • Keep to the right (except to pass).
  • Always pass on the left and give ample room.
  • Before you pass a pedestrian or another bicyclist, slow down and either ring a bell or politely call out “passing on your left”.
  • Stay single file in congested conditions.
  • Ride at a safe speed and enjoy the view.
All Users
  • Share the greenway; be considerate  of all users.
  • Keep to the right side of the greenway.
  • If you stop, step off the greenway.
  • Turn down volume on earphones so that you can hear other greenway users.
  • Keep dogs on a leash and clean up after your pet.
  • Report trail hazards in Greene County to Springfield-Greene County Parks at 864-1049.
  • Call 911 to report crime.

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