Ozark Wilderness Waterways Club

Canoeing With The Ozark Wilderness Waterways Club

"Organized for the preservation of Ozark streams."




Niangua River, Dallas, Missouri

Trip #29
Date: May 28 - June 4, 1962
Start: Williams Cemetary
Finish: Celt
Miles: 42
With: Joe Kasten and William Eubank
Notes: Joe Kasten and I floated - rain at least once a day. Found many arrowheads - revisited the mound.

Joe Kasten's recollections from Trip #29 - April 11, 2001.

The trip lasted a full 7 days.

We had our parents take us to view the "pick-up" spot before driving to the departure spot so that everyone would know where the pick up was to happen.

Part of our food was a ham that we ate on every day. We also had lots of soft drinks (not enough to last for the entire trip).

We floated for entire days without seeing any other person.

We camped on gravel bars and on at least one occasion watched with concern as the river level rose and threatened our campsite.

We swam every day!

It was a great way to celebrate our summer from school and learn more about nature and the Missouri waterways.

Please keep in mind that I was between 12 and 19 years of age when these trips took place. I was rather fixated on arrowheads and Indian lore at that time - as indicated by the notes. I am working from 3" x 5" note cards that I typed at that time. In my memory now, many of these trips are blurred together. As I got up in age to 17-19, some of the trips were with my high school friends.

Arrowheads / scrapers / "bird points" / drills displayed were not necessarily found on the trip listed. I have tried to make them as close to the actual size as possible. They were found in plowed fields, washouts, along the river or creek bed, or in roads or trails. I did have a system of labeling them at the time - where a bit of masking tape was coded to match the 3" x 5" card listing the trip. Unfortunately, most of those labels have faded making it difficult to match up.

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