Afternoon on Lake Springfield and the James River

Today I managed to break away from my desk and actually get out into the air. I picked an excellent day to get out. The temperature was fine, and we had a fantastic blue sky to contrast with all the greenery.

View looking east from near the Nature Center bird watching hide. www.ozarkswalkabout.com

Near the Springfield Nature Center bird watching Hide on the James River

This year we’ve not had a lot of opportunities to get out, as we’ve been distracted by the realities of life – like earning a living. I’d prefer to be out and about more, but it doesn’t put cat food in their food bowl. Today’s run-out was prompted by a long standing offer to let someone try out a kayak. It was really great to get out on the lake. I had a very relaxing time, and at under two miles, an easy paddle.

We put in at Lake Springfield as I wasn’t expecting to be going far, and I wanted to be away from all the traffic noise from Hwy65 which is very close to the put-in near to the Veterans’ Cemetery. I’ve added a map with the main put-ins marked on it at the end of this post. Unfortunately because of a strong easterly wind, the traffic noise was quite discernible even at the lake. Oh well. Generally lake Springfield is a good place to put in, with a choice of paddling on the wide open waters of the lake, or very quickly moving on to the more closed-in James River. There are some nice but low bluffs near-by, and a large shallow area opposite the put-in. Checking Google earth we reckon it ought to be possible to get a kayak right through to the James River near to the Nature center. You can see the area on the Google Earth screen capture below.

Kayaking trip GPS Track. www.ozarkswalkabout.com

GPS Track – just a tad under two miles

Location of the Kayak, Canoe, and Small Boat put-ins on Lake Springfield and the Upper James River at Springfield

Lake Springfield


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Upper James River Access Points


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Southwood Access Point


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Crighton Access Point


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What do you think?