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Spring Ozark Rendezvous - North Fork of the White River (Missouri)

I am depressed because I haven't paddled since Fall Rendezvous so I figured I would start the discussion about Spring Rendezvous. Many of us chatted at Fall Rendezvous and there was interest in returning to the North Fork of the White this year for Spring Rendezvous. I just looked at Twin Bridges website and it says they survived the big flood of last year which is great news. Dates would be Wednesday, May 2 to Sunday, May 6, and we all know some people come early, some stay late. Would like to hear input from folks to see if the consensus is that North Fork will be the location for Spring Rendezvous or return to the Buffalo. My thought is maybe we do every other spring at the Buffalo; so spring of 2019 we would go back to the Buffalo. Hope everyone had a great holiday season and Happy New Year. Seems like the majority of the country is very cold so everyone stay warm and safe. Keep those spring thoughts in your mind and it will be here before we know it!

See ya soon!
Pam

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  • Speaking for myself & my better half; I think that switching every other Spring, from the North Fork to the Buffalo is a grand idea.
    I personally prefer the Buffalo to the North Fork.

    I'm not sure that distance would affect too many people, and I think the Buffalo river scenery is better than the North Fork.
    The place we camped the last time we were on the Buffalo is a decent spot in my opinion.
    If you don't want to do any cooking, there are places to go that are not that far away.

    I thought everbody had a "really good" time on the Buffalo the last time we were there.............

    Bob & JoAnne

  • I'm fine with the Twin Bridges. The cafe was a nice option, and hopefully still running.

  • Sounds great to me, Pam. Miss the North Fork and Bryant Creek. It will be nice to see them again.

  • I'm all for it - and Vic wants to do the Buffalo either before or after (and I'm good for either). Already planning ahead for this spring's road trip, starting on the west coast before heading for the Ozarks. And no more tent camping - I just bought a small travel trailer so will be driving the "noisy" Dodge to annoy Tom!

    Brad

  • Then again, we might want to just forget about the Buffalo..............
    The scenery as seen in photos is pretty crappy, and the campgrounds don't have restaurants.
    Having to cook once or twice a day is such a giant hassle, and requires so much planning, and effort.

    BOB
    :^)


    BOB





  • Could you provide a link to the Twin Bridges website? One of these days, I'm going to join in on this. Perhaps this is the opportunity!

  • Ah, youse guys are a cruel bunch what with all the photos. All I can say is "wherever" is fine by me and the quicker the time arrives the better. Its been too long I've been off the water.
    So, just out of curiosity, has anyone been down to the Pulltite camp? Was it wiped out by floods or what? Is the new shower pavilion still there?

  • @tjalmy said:
    Could you provide a link to the Twin Bridges website? One of these days, I'm going to join in on this. Perhaps this is the opportunity!

    http://twinbridgescanoe.com/

  • For general information, I recently read on a FB group that the floods last spring severely damaged the Army Corps of Engineers Tecumseh access to the point of being unusable as an take-out. Tecumseh is the last access point on the North Fork above Norfork Lake just after the junction of Bryant Creek. The owner's of Dawt Mill will not allow take-out on their property under any circumstances (according to the same source) and allegedly turned away two girls who were wet and becoming hypothermic this past fall.

    Although it was never among the most popular day trips, a number of us have paddled the stretch from Blair bridge to Tecumseh in prior years, which required a portage around the dam at Dawt. If what I read is accurate, the last usable access point for take-out on the North Fork at present is the highway PP bridge.

  • Pat C. - we all were at Pulltite for Fall Rendezvous - everything there is fine, just some trees missing near the river and more sand in campsites. There are changes in the river because of the flood, actually the flood took away some of what I considered "fun" spots but it's still the Current and beautiful as always. I agree with Bob that the Buffalo is much more scenic but from the "talk" at Fall Rendezvous folks missed going to the North Fork/Bryant Creek, that is why I suggested every other year for the Buffalo. They are both great rivers, each has something different to offer.

  • North Fork this May sounds good to me. I also like the idea of alternating locations. Even years on the North Fork and odd years on the Buffalo sounds like a plan. I am still up for a few days on the Buffalo either before or after this spring's Rendezvous.

    I too have not been in a canoe since the Fall Rendezvous. After a few weeks of sub zero temperatures I am ready for springtime in the Ozarks. And although we reached 45 (above zero) today the forecast has us back below zero by this weekend.

  • Bob, you so crazy! I always hate to miss these. I can never make the spring version because of WW school, and I've been shut out of the fall version every year because of life. Maybe if some of you do decide to pre-party on the Buffy this year I'll be able to swing that for a day or two. For future reference I will mention there are two very good restaurants near the upper Buffalo; Low Gap Cafe and Blue Mountain Cafe. Most of you are familiar with LGC I imagine, but BMC is a welcome addition to the square in Jasper and is staffed by warm, friendly folks and, unlike the Ozark Cafe which has sadly deteriorated to the point I'll no longer eat there, also has pretty good grub, especially breakfast. There's also a really cool place called JB Trading Company up the road in Compton that will sell you a mighty fine deli sammich, gas and necessities including firewood and top quality outdoor gear. They even have hats and t shirts and such. Worth driving right past Buffalo Outdoor Center IMO. Just sayin'.

  • Both trips last year rocked, buffalo was awesome! If anyone does buffalo and I'm not working I'd love to float it again.. im currently off the 4th -6th.. so whatever floats the boat sounds good to me.

  • The upper Jack's Fork has some lovely stretches if the water is high enough this spring. They are within reasonable driving distance of Twin Bridges.

  • Interested in paddling the Buffalo at this Spring's Rendezvous. Was at the spring rendezvous for several days and plan on allocating more time for trips for the spring

  • I'm planning on being at the spring fling this year

  • Is it me or is this site difficult as hell

  • @Ramblinjack said:
    Is it me or is this site difficult as hell

    Not really, once you get used to it. Bookmark "recent discussions" and you're gold.

  • @Ramblinjack said:
    Is it me or is this site difficult as hell

    Everything is difficult at your age, Jack.

  • That’s true Pete .. i Need a lil blue pill for life in general ... of course if it works for more than 4hours you will have to go to the hospital to get smacked in the head with a hammer

  • Save yourself some money, and a trip to the hospital.
    Buy your wife a slapjack for Valentine's Day.

    BOB

  • @thebob.com said:
    Save yourself some money, and a trip to the hospital.
    Buy your wife a slapjack for Valentine's Day.

    BOB

    B)

  • Sounds like the kinda Valentine's gift the misses would diligently use right up to her husband's own Memorial Day. Which, with the wallop my misses packs (The Polish Panzer), takes me out about Present-dents day.

  • Just checking in on you guys. I'm going to try and make it or at least show my canoe for a day trip.

  • Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that I have tried to call Twin Bridges and haven't been able to reach anyone. I left a message several weeks ago and never received a call back, today I called again and the phone just rings, so now I have sent an email, hopefully I will hear back from them. I just want to make sure before we plan on going down there that they are still in business. Also, if you look on line it shows Hammond Camp as closed, I called today and the campground is closed but day use is open, so you can use as put in and take out. Just two more months and we'll be somewhere!

  • edited March 7

    Pam, I got through to Twin Bridges on my second phone call attempt and spoke to a real, live human. They are still there and will be open for business the first week and weekend of May.

    The access at Tecumseh on the Norfork Lake will not be open, however. Cost to rebuild the boat ramp access and parking lot is estimated to be one million dollars and construction will not even begin before November 2019. This is not likely to have a great impact on our group but it will mean that there will be no practical access points below the Highway PP bridge.

    http://www.ozarkcountytimes.com/news-local-news/corps-engineers-reveals-plans-tecumseh-park-restoration-include-roadway-parking-lot

  • Pete - thanks for the update, I was starting to get worried that they were gone. I don't see below Highway PP being an issue, it's been a while since I have gone past PP, to much slow water for my liking. Haven't been on the North Fork in several years plus with the flooding I'm sure things have changed. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

  • Have an internet "Friend" paddling the river this week (they did Bryant yesterday) and he's going to give me the scoop. I warned him to be particularly wary of strainers in the Hebron stretch. Wish I could paddle it this week with them, but have to work Tue, Wed, Thur, and the weekend.

  • edited March 19

    Sending out a probe to check for strainers, eh Terry? I especially like the "I'd go with you, but I have to work" excuse. Well done!

  • If Terry stops talking, drops his head, or gazes off into the void, before he starts talking again; prepare yourself, and make sure your BS defibulator is ON.

    Bill Clinton uses the same techniques...............they don't call him "slick willy" for nothing.
    Don't fall for that innocent, grinning, good ole country boy routine !

    BOB

  • I think most of us who have spent time with you, understand how you are able to recognize these techniques and routine.
    Regards
    Dick

  • Which venue was the final decision of the paddle. I'm going to try again to make it where ever it's held. Vicky

  • @vawhelan said:
    Which venue was the final decision of the paddle. I'm going to try again to make it where ever it's held. Vicky

    Vicky - North Fork of the White - we will be camping at Twin Bridges - we usually also paddle Bryant and others have also gone over to the Jacks Fork but the "main" river will be North Fork of the White. Hope to see you there!

  • @thebob.com said:
    If Terry stops talking, drops his head, or gazes off into the void, before he starts talking again; prepare yourself, and make sure your BS defibulator is ON.

    Bill Clinton uses the same techniques...............they don't call him "slick willy" for nothing.
    Don't fall for that innocent, grinning, good ole country boy routine !

    BOB

    Heheheheh, I needed a good laugh, buddy!

  • So has the probe reported in yet, Terry? Or is he or she MIA?

  • No, Pete, I'll e-mail him!

  • Talk about missing in action: I am again delayed in British Columbia - first by encountering a ditch in my truck (2 days spent in the Buffalo Inn at Pink Mountain) and now returned to Prince George by a serious log truck accident on BC97. With no alternate route to take south I'm stuck. Good news: the Rendezvous doesn't start for another month, so I still have time to get there - maybe even BEFORE Terry arrives. I AM anxious to hear the pre-runner's report.
    Brad

  • Boy, I wish I could join you guys, but MO is a little further than I can drive for a paddle. :(

  • edited March 27

    ALL RIGHT Brad, you're on your way! I just looked at my schedule and have no extra shifts that week. Kennel Monday and arriving Tuesday, maybe even Monday evening. Here's the "Report," but we're getting rain this week and expected for the next several days. April is typically wet, so I expect water levels to be up?

    "Terry,
    Here are a few pic's from 3/23 on the Creek and the cabin porch. One log jam to portage around. The log jam was roughly midway between the Hwy 95 Access and the Sycamore Access. It wasn’t a full blown jam, about 3 trees down.
    We paddled 3 sections of Bryant Creek (Hwy 95 – Sycamore – Warren Bridge – F. C. Cook) and 3 sections of the North Fork (Twin Bridges –Hammond Camp – Blair Bridge - Dawt Bridge). On Saturday, they went to the Eleven Point. However, I had to get back to Muscatine, Iowa, and 9 inches of snow.

    Water levels were low. I drove over Simmons Ford on the way home(Big Piney just upstream of Houston). It was too low to paddle. "

    They didn't paddle Hebron to Twin Bridges, so no report on that section. But they did more sections of Bryant Creek than I have. I really like Bryant Creek. See you'all in about 5 weeks!





  • Eric, you're a wuss. If I can drive from Alaska, ANYONE else can make a trip for a week's worth of daytime Ozark river paddling and evening HIGH TEA.

    Brad

  • Upper Buffalo, upper Jacks Fork, Current River, and North Fork of the White are all flowing real good today.

  • @pblanc said:
    Upper Buffalo, upper Jacks Fork, Current River, and North Fork of the White are all flowing real good today.

    Yep! I'll be on upper Buff tomorrow with Little Deuce, six of her friends and two of their dads. They'll be in rafts, I'll be in Zeke the Prophet. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Just a few more weeks! Can't wait to see everyone!

  • @PamThePaddler said:
    Just a few more weeks! Can't wait to see everyone!

    Pam, do we need to make reservations at Twin Bridges for specific sites? I remember when Jim owned it, our group just set up at any of the sites in the field area?

  • For those of you closer to the Ozarks: Is the current storm, that has closed (4) major east-west Interstates, affecting levels and flow of the waters we should be paddling? Flooding has been a planning factor in the past.
    Meanwhile, I'm on the road working a slow way south and east. I did get in a short paddle on the Snake River in Idaho with my son, he in a "new" ( to him - mfg 797) Nova Craft Prospector 17, I in a Sandpiper.
    As Pam says, "Can't wait to see everyone!"
    Brad

  • The upper Jacks Fork, the Current, and the North Fork of the White River all spiked up a bit yesterday but are now dropping back. I think the storm track through the upper Mid West will be well north of the southern Missouri watersheds. I do not see any unusual precipitation predictions in the long-term forecast for the Twin Bridges area.

  • Nothing predicted in weather forecast will have any major affect in Missouri though monday the 23rd. If it did, it would still be another 9 days "before" the Rendezvous started on May 2nd..
    Things seem to be mellowing out a little bit around here lately. Quite a bit of sun, and temps hitting the high 60s to mid 70s are predicted for this week.

    The concern is probably more likely to be; will it be too shallow, as opposed to there being too high. Speaking for myself; I'd like to see the North Fork area gets 5 or 6 inches of rain, about a week before we arrive, then do a slow drop in water level, and temps rise up to 75 to 85+ on a regular basis.

    That beats the hell out of sitting on a gravel bar in a full rain suit; dodging lightning bolts.
    The only redeeming factor to that is you get to watch the "river dorks" in t shirts and shorts, or bikinis going into the first stage of hypothermia, They don't need no stinkin' pfd or raingear; just a case of beer in a big cooler & a GoPro to film their adventure for Facebook. ;)

    BOB

    P.S. NO; no matter how cute you are in your tiny bikini, with a cotton towel over your shoulders for insulation; I'm not going to "sell you my rain jacket"! >:)

  • Anybody up for a pre-Rendezvous paddle on the Buffalo? I'm still shooting for an April 26th (or maybe earlier) arrival at Ozark Campground. Will I find anybody else there?
    Brad

  • Would love to come down there for a couple of days if my step father gets out of the hospital and stays out for more than a couple days. Getting tired of spending so much time in hospitals

  • Unable to make the Buffalo before the Rendezvous. I plan to arrive at Twin Bridges some time during the afternoon of Tuesday, May 1 and ready to paddle on Wednesday. But I sure as hell hope spring weather arrives before then, not this snowing shit we're getting here.

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