Castor River

This is an incredible run! After several years of thinking the run was too short for the drive, I finally got a chance to run it and had a great time. Check out Jason Garrett’s story for an entertaining description of the run.

Difficulty

Class III-IV

Location

Madison County

Put-in/Take-out

To get to the put-in and take-out go east on hwy. 72 out of Fredricktown, headed towards Cape. Turn left on hwy. J then right on W. J either ends or the road forks I can’t remember which but just stay left and follow the dirt road and you’ll be fine. After a mile or so, the river will appear on the right and you will see a couple of pull-over/campsites. Continue on until you come to a fork in the road. Go right to get to the take-out.

To get to the put-in, take the left fork. After awhile there will be a parking lot for the Castor River shut-ins, this is the put-in. Put on the river wherever you want, but you might want to first hike the nice trail to scout the rapids before you put on.

The put-in.