• Lower Rock Creek
    By Chris Amelung (March 2008) What a Day I can only describe today as an adventure. I can’t say I would do it again under similar conditions, but I must say that Lower Rock Creek is truly an incredible place. It’s ruggedly beautiful and I cannot express in words how incredible that canyon is. I’ve…
  • Stouts Creek Access
    By Curtis Elwood As many of you know, the put-in that many people use for middle Stouts is on private property and there have been incidents that have left the owner upset. The problem seems to get worse every year as more and more people paddle this section. Please, please, please be sensitive to the…
  • First Descent of Flat Branch Creek, Columbia MO
    By Steve Witzig (June 2, 2003) Paddled by David Wilson and Steve Witzig Well, it’s been done! David Wilson and I made the first descent of Flat Branch Creek (well as far as we can tell in talking to CARP veterans in town). This one is the ultimate urban creek run. It starts off in…
  • The Saint, Castor, and Mud Creek
    By Jason Garrett (May 9, 2002) Big grins and lots of fun were had by all. For the Saint we had a fairly large group. Chris Amelung, Tim O’brien, Paul A., Anie, Steve Schaeffer, Diane Duncil… a couple of guys from Springfield… I am forgetting names andmyself. We ran Roselle to D. We started about…
  • The True Adventures of Chuck & Chris
    By Chuck McHenry (Riverlog – June/July 1997) It was a March Thursday and Chris Amelung was home on spring break. It’d been raining hard all day- yet the gauge on the Saint wasn’t budging. At noon I checked Stout’s on my lunch hour= nadage. All the water was running in the ditches- but it didn’t…
  • Leptospirosis
    Obtained from Steve Witzig (written by Quinn Long) A personal account of a Columbia paddler diagnosed with Leptospirosis Hello local paddlers, Take leptospirosis seriously. I paddled Hinkson and Cedar creeks with steve, greg, dustin, ray and ryan after that late august storm [Aug. 2000]. Two weeks later I began getting aches and fevers. I went…
  • First descent of Lower Rock Creek
    Submitted by Kevin Olson (written by John Tansil – Riverlog 1990) We don’t have to call it “Secret” Creek anymore! On Saturday, May 26, 1990 with the St. Francis running 10 feet over highway D bridge, Slim Olsen, Chuck McHenry, Bruce Wagner, and yours truly completed the first run of Lower Rock Creek. Dubbed “Secret”…
  • First Descent of Turkey Creek back in 1980-82
    By Herm Smith “I also lead the first descent of Turkey. It is written up ages ago in the Riverlog with a description of how to avoid the cow fences by walking up across from Mud Creek by path and woods and I don’t remember exactly when (about 1980-82) the Saint was at the second…
  • A Turkey Creek Shut-ins Christmas Eve Present
    By Kevin Olson (Riverlog 1982 or 1983?) (Note: this is the Riverlog story referred to by Herm Smith in the next account of Turkey’s First Descent) Christmas eve 1982 brought a special present to Janet Burnside, Herm Smith, Paul Kreuet, and Kevin Olson. We rendezvoused at the Silver Mines store because the Francis was three-fourths…