North Fork White River III

Wrapping up the North Fork trip, Billy and I left the North Fork Recreation Area and headed west to Bryan Creek and Rippee Conservation Area.  RCA is a gorgeous Missouri Department of Conservation owned area at the confluence of Rippee and Bryant Creeks.  I wasn’t going to get back into my now clammy wetsuit, so we […]

North Fork White River II

OK, picking up where we left off last time, moving upstream out of the pool and into the run below the landing, I started finding darters.  At first, it was a few Rainbows but then the Banded Darters (Etheostoma zonale) made an appearance.



North Fork White River I

About a month ago, before the great deluge, my brother-in-law Billy and I drove the hour or so over to the North Fork of the White River.  Our first stop was the Mark Twain National Forest’s North Fork Recreation Area and then went on to MDC’s Rippee Conservation Area at the confluence of Rippee and Bryant […]

Another day at the creek

After only getting to spend an hour snorkeling in Mill Creek on Saturday, I headed to Rogers Creek on Sunday.  Rogers Creek is the next tributary of the Current River upstream from Mill Creek.  It’s somewhat smaller than  Mill Creek, doesn’t have nearly the volume of spring flow feeding it and has a tendency to go […]

Colors of the Rainbow

Two weekends ago, things finally came together.  I had a wetsuit that fit and a beautiful 85 degree Saturday to make use of it.  I headed to Mill Creek, a tributary of the Current River, where it crosses my uncle’s place north of Van Buren.  I was a little self-conscious in the wetsuit (A 6′, 265 […]