This creek is suitable mainly for spring floats but has one of the best general gradients in the Ozarks. However, the gradient is steady and there are really no unusual features in terms of falls or spectacular runs. It is just a good, steady, fast run through relatively undisturbed countryside, in spite of its closeness to civilization.
Difficulty: II and III, due to brush, logs and fast turns.
Gradients: general – 8.7; Boulder City to Elkhorn Creek – 9.4; to Hwy 76 – 8.7; to Elk River – 7.8.
Counties: Newton, McDonald.
Indian Creek Mile by Mile Description
0.0 Hwy D Bridge access in spring or high water only.
0.5 Spring Branch on left.
3.5 Wolfenbrager Bridge on Spruce Drive off Racoon Road.
7.4 Mill Dam at McNatt. Stream backed up for about half a mile above this. Portage over dam. Rift below dam is hard on canoes except in high water.
8.4 Elkorn Creek on right.
10.1 Old bridge 3.5 miles east of Goodman just off Hwy C. Private.
11.1 Bullskin Creek on right.
13.1 Mayfield Bridge.
18.8 Seller’s Ford low-water bridge. Hwy 71 and Anderson are 0.5 miles west.
19.3 Indian Creek Campground at Hwy 71 Bridge.
19.8 Hwy 76 Bridge.
21.3 Town Hole Access on right, next to Post Office in Anderson. Must carry canoes/kayaks to river. Fair access.
21.6 Iron Canning Factory Bridge on county road south of Anderson.
24.5 Concrete slab at Bosky Dell Ford, not shown on maps. If there is water over the slab, approach with caution! It is slippery, and there is a 4 foot drop below it. Except in high water, portage right.
25.1 Lanagan City Park Access (Lanagan) on right.
25.5 Hwy EE Bridge.
27.0 Elk River. Next access at low-water bridge 0.4 mile downstream or at Mt. Shira Access 1.3 miles beyond that, on right with gravel ramp.
This is an electronic reprint of a Missouri Department of Conservation document. More or updated information on this topic can be found at the Missouri Department of Conservation web site located at: mdc.mo.gov. Copyright 2003 by the Conservation Commission of the State of Missouri.