Little Niangua River

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Little Niangua River
Little Niangua River, Fiery Fork.jpg
The Little Niangua River running through Fiery Fork Conservation Area.
Country United States
State Missouri
 - location Dallas County, Missouri
 - elevation 1,179 ft (359 m)
 - coordinates 37°44′55″N 93°01′15″W / 37.74861°N 93.02083°W / 37.74861; -93.02083
Mouth Lake of the Ozarks
 - location Camden County, Missouri
 - elevation 663 ft (202 m)
 - coordinates 38°04′17″N 92°54′24″W / 38.07139°N 92.90667°W / 38.07139; -92.90667Coordinates: 38°04′17″N 92°54′24″W / 38.07139°N 92.90667°W / 38.07139; -92.90667 [1]
Length 64 mi (103 km)
Basin 320 sq mi (829 km2)
Discharge for USGS 06925250 near Macks Creek, MO[2]
 - average 150 cu ft/s (4 m3/s)
 - max 6,730 cu ft/s (191 m3/s)
 - min 0 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
Watersheds Little Niangua-Niangua-Osage-Missouri-Mississippi
Reservoirs Lake of the Ozarks

The Little Niangua River is a 64.4-mile-long (103.6 km)[3] tributary of the Niangua River in the Ozarks region of central Missouri in the United States. Via the Niangua, Osage and Missouri rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River. The Little Niangua was so named for its smaller size relative to the Niangua River.[4]


The Little Niangua rises in Dallas County and flows generally northeasterly through Hickory and Camden counties. It joins the Niangua River in Camden County as an arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, which is formed by a dam on the Osage River.

Niangua Darter[edit]

The upper reaches of the Little Niangua River, including the tributaries of Cahoochie Creek and Thomas Creek in Dallas County, are known habitats of the Niangua Darter, a small fish that is on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's list of Endangered Species.

Public areas[edit]

There are multiple river accesses on the Little Niangua River, including Bannister Hollow, Fiery Fork and most areas where a road crosses the river.

Cedar Camp Canoeing Outfitters is a canoe outfitter and campground on the Little Niangua River north of Macks Creek on Route N. It includes a campground, boat rental, recreation, and rental cabins.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Little Niangua River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-12-03. 
  2. ^ "Water-Data Report 2013 - Little Niangua River near Macks Creek, MO" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-12-03. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed May 31, 2011
  4. ^ "Hickory County Place Names, 1928–1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.