Niangua River

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Niangua River
Map of the Osage River watershed showing the Niangua River
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
 - locationWebster County, Missouri
 - coordinates37°26′46″N 92°55′11″W / 37.44611°N 92.91972°W / 37.44611; -92.91972
 - elevation1,136 ft (346 m)
MouthLake of the Ozarks
 - location
Camden County, Missouri
 - coordinates
37°57′39″N 92°48′22″W / 37.96083°N 92.80611°W / 37.96083; -92.80611Coordinates: 37°57′39″N 92°48′22″W / 37.96083°N 92.80611°W / 37.96083; -92.80611[1]
 - elevation
663 ft (202 m)
Length125 mi (201 km)
Basin size1,040 sq mi (2,700 km2)
 - locationUSGS 06923950 at Tunnel Dam near Macks Creek, MO[2]
 - average450 cu ft/s (13 m3/s)
 - minimum0 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
 - maximum27,700 cu ft/s (780 m3/s)
Basin features
 - leftLittle Niangua River

The Niangua River /nˈæŋɡwə/ is a 125-mile-long (201 km)[3] tributary of the Osage River in the Ozarks region of southern and central Missouri in the United States. Via the Osage and Missouri rivers it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River.

Niangua River has the name of Niangua (or Nehemgar), an Indian tribal leader.[4] The name is said to mean "bear".[5]


The Niangua River is formed in Webster County by the confluence of its short east and west forks, and flows generally northward through Dallas, Laclede and Camden counties, past Bennett Spring, Lake Niangua, and Ha Ha Tonka State Parks. It flows into the Osage River as an arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, which is formed by the Bagnell Dam on the Osage. As part of the lake it collects the Little Niangua River.

River accesses[edit]

This is a list of areas where the Niangua River can be publicly accessed; this list was put in order from beginning of river to where river meets up with Lake of the Ozarks.

  • Bridal Cave
  • Charity Access- State-owned river access; no camping allowed.
  • Cline Ford
  • Hico Slab- Where a road crosses the river; the bridge is basically a low-lying concrete slab with water tunnels.
  • Del Marlin Ford
  • Deusenberry Creek
  • Gaunt Ford
  • Crane Ford
  • Route 32 Bridge
  • Big John Access- State-owned river access.
  • Wimberly Ford
  • Dallion Ford
  • Hackler Ford
  • Williams Ford Access- A one lane road crossing; crossing is a concrete slab where water flows over the top.
  • Hwy. K-P Bridge Access- Access includes privately owned campground, picnic area, and shuttle service.
  • Moon Valley Access- State-owned river access.
  • Hildebrand Ford
  • Cat Hollow- Privately owned campground and cabins nearby.
  • Route 64 Bridge
  • Bennett Spring Access- State-owned river access.
  • Barclay Springs- State-owned river access.
  • Gilbertson Ford
  • Prosperine Access- State-owned river access.
  • Mountain Creek- Access includes privately owned campground, picnic area, cabins and shuttle service.
  • McPheters Ford
  • Smith Ford
  • Leadmine Conservation Area- State-owned river access and conservation area; primitive camping allowed.
  • Lake Niangua- Includes access and picnic area; no camping allowed.
  • Whistle Bridge- Low-lying river crossing where road crosses river.
  • Stone Ford
  • Ha Ha Tonka State Park- State-owned river access; this is where the river merges into Lake of the Ozarks.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Niangua River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  2. ^ "Water-Data Report 2012 - 06923950 Niangua River at Tunnel Dam near Macks Creek, MO" (PDF). U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 31, 2011
  4. ^ "Webster County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 371.