Saturday, September 17, 2011
Kayaking the Bourbouse River, Chouteau Claim Access, Franklin County, MO, September 10th, 2011
I had said to a friend of mine the other day that I did not really care for the Bourbouse River in Franklin County Missouri. I said it was "too wrangly" with "not enough portage spots, etc". After this kayak trip, I stand corrected. It just goes to show that you cannot evaluate an entire river on one 4 mile stretch.
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I put in at the Chouteau Claim Access in Franklin County. This is right at the confluence point for the Bourbouse and the Meremac River. This trip was absolutely INCREDIBLE! I did over 8 miles, and fished all the way back (caught one really small smallmouth, but nothing to photograph or comment on). However, the scenery was absolutely incredible. I had to portage about (4) times or so on the way up current. Three of these spots I just paddled right through on the way back. I was fishing on one spot and I saw a very large deer walk across one of the portage spots from a distance. I swear it look larger than average....look like an elk, believe it or not.
The wildflowers were in bloom, and the temperatures were moderate. I am looking forward to going back to the access point and paddling up the Meremac side to see how far I can go. Looking forward to my journeys back to this amazing river!