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Sugar Island offers several Options for Float Trips:

Locations: Length: *Time On Water: River:
Cyclone 10 Miles 5-6 Hours Big Sugar
Big Rock 5 Miles 3-4 Hours Big Sugar
Deep Ford 3 Miles 1.5-2 Hours Big Sugar
Old 71 Bridge** 9 Miles 5-6 Hours Elk River
Ginger Blue** 10 Miles 6-7 Hours Elk River
Powell** 25 Miles 2 Days Big Sugar
* Time on water is estimated time including swimming, fishing, etc...
** Must get manager approval in advance for these locations
-Some trips may not be available depending on season-

Sugar Island Prices:

Canoe Prices:
Kayak Prices:Kayaking
   -Some float trips are subject to a $1.00 launch fee-

-All rental equipment (canoes, kayaks, etc...) are to be checked in by 7:00 P.M. to avoid late charges-

Canoes

Big Sugar is a tributary creek to Big Elk. It is rated as one of cleanest and clearest streams in Missouri! This stream is rated as a class 2 difficulty (due to manuvering difficulties when the water is at a moderately high level). There is no danger of raging white water rapids or drop-offs and relatively inexprienced canoers can feel safe on Big Sugar.
The most popular float on the Big Sugar is Sugar Island's Cyclone trip, which you can see beautiful bluffs and caves including Pineville's famous Jesse James cave!
Floating from Cyclone you will pass Big Rock Park-- Sugar Island's sister park. Feel free to stop and have a picnic and enjoy jumping off of one of the largest rocks in Big Sugar!

Elk River is the main river running through southwest Missouri. The river is much wider than Big Sugar and if you are looking for a river full of people, Elk River is the place for you!
Elk River maintains a normal water level far into the summer. So if you are considering a float trip in August, feel free to try out a trip down Elk River. Elk River features many great bluffs as well as many long gravel beaches to stop and relax on. There are also many great swimming holes and several campgrounds you will pass on your way to Mt.Shira(located in Noel, Missouri).


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