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. One can rent a boat starting/finishing at the Springfield Lake Boathouse, or bring your own boat and explore from Crighton Acces downstream, or Southwood Access downtstream (***Southwood Access is temporarily closed due to flood damage)

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: 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's fun outdoor programs are at www.parkboard.org

 

Parking & Trail Access

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

Map

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Length

6 miles

Terrain

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

Accessibility

Canoeing, kayaking, fishing

Hours

Open during daylight hours only

Interactive Map

Greenway Etiquette

Bicyclists
  • 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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