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Redbeard's Ranch is a full-service river-outfitter, providing canoes (aluminum and ABS), rafts, kayaks and float tubes.
















The Niangua River is a Class I river, meaning that it moves along relatively slowly and has no rapids or significant obstacles.  It is an ideal river for families with small children, inexperienced paddlers or anyone who wants to enjoy a  peaceful float and incredible Ozark scenery.  





Redbeard's Ranch offers 2 options for float trips:

  • 1. Long Float: Niangua River Public Access at Bennett Spring to Redbeard's Ranch (7.5 miles)

  1. 2. Short Float: Redbeard's Ranch to Ho Humm Campground (3.5 miles)

  • The average paddler takes about 4 hours to make the long trip and 2.5 hours to make the short trip, depending upon the number of stops for fishing and wading.  Plan on taking more time if you're in a raft. No matter how hard you paddle, rafts are slow and will only move along at the speed of the current.

Rentals are subject to availability and will require advance reservation and deposit.  See our policy on reservations.



Canoe  Safety

  • Wear a lifejacket (All children ages 7 and under must wear a personal floatation device while in a canoe).

  • Wear tennis shoes or river shoes to protect your feet from gravel and sharp rocks.  Bring a hat and other cover-up clothing to protect from sunburn.

  • Avoid rope swings and always check the water depth before you jump into the water.  Never dive into a river.

  • Pack some food and plenty of drinking water to keep energy levels high and avoid dehydration.

  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages.  The combination of alcohol, sun, and water often results in a dangerous recipe for boating accidents.

  • Notify someone of your float plan (where you are putting in and taking out and your estimated time of arrival).






Camping, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and hunting at Redbeard's Ranch on the Niangua River.

Redbeard's Ranch

30075 Marigold Drive

Lebanon Mo.  65536

417-533-REDS (7337)

For information: Redbeard@RedbeardsRanch.com