Fishing

The onsite ten acre trophy bass lake is situated only 100 yards from the lodge, and the Eleven Point River flows along 1½ miles of the property. The Eagle Ranch Lake is stocked with hybrid largemouth bass that can grow up to ten pounds in size. Much of the lakeside is accessible by foot, making bank fishing easy.

The Eleven Point River has produced some of the largest wild rainbow trout, walleye, rock bass (goggle eye) and smallmouth bass of all Ozark Rivers. The Eleven Point River runs 138 miles from its source near Thomasville, Missouri (Willow Springs) to its mouth where it joins the Spring River near Black Rock, Arkansas.

Experts agree that because the Eleven Point is more remote than most other Ozark rivers, it makes for excellent fishing (and hunting). The cold water fishery created by Greer Spring and the forty four miles of protected wilderness combine to create a fisherman’s “dream stream.”

With its long frontage on the river, there are lots of places at Eagle Ranch to wade in from the bank to fly fish. The Eleven Point is deeper than most other Ozarks trout streams, and fishing from a boats and canoes is popular. The Eagle Ranch community dock enables members to house canoes and small fishing boats in order to access even more remote fishing spots north towards the Irish Wilderness and beyond. Powered boats are limited to a maximum power rating of 25 HP on the Eleven Point River.

There is also a boat ramp and canoe launch located a few hundred yards downstream from the community dock which allows for vehicle access to the river for launching and retrieving watercraft.

Find out more about fishing on the Eleven Point at one the most experienced and Forest Service licensed outfitters and guides on the river: Eleven Point Canoe Rental.

Usefull website:  http://www.ozarkanglers.com/eleven-point/


Hunting

The Irish Wilderness is one of the best kept hunting secrets in the Mid-USA. Deer and turkey are abundant in this hardwood forest with surprisingly little hunting pressure.

Eagle Ranch has been intensely managed for wild turkey and whitetail deer for the last twelve years. We have approximately 50 acres of food plots, including clover, rye grass, alfalfa, soy beans, corn, chufa and wheat. Whitetail deer hunting is by archery only. Turkey may be hunted by shotgun. Squirrels may be hunted by 22 caliber. Trophy deer in the 130 to 150 class (Pope and Young) are not uncommon. An annual doe harvest of 8 to 10 is recommended for the estimated 80+ deer herd on Eagle Ranch. Eagle Ranch offers some of the largest wild turkeys in the Country. The Irish Wilderness, a 16,500 acres wild life management area along the Eleven Point River, is located only 12 miles north of Eagle Ranch. Fantastic dove hunts are an annual social event.

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Canoeing & Kayaking

The river abounds with wildlife and natural scenic beauty. You will see little development along the river as much of the Missouri section enjoys protected status as a United States National Wild and Scenic River.

Canoeing and kayaking on the Eleven Point River is a true wilderness experience. What you will see is a variety of wildlife including otters, beaver, deer, bald eagles, wild turkeys, wood ducks, a symphony of songbirds, and, if you’re lucky, a black bear.

The Eleven Point is fed by several natural springs which keep it cool, clear and floatable -even on the hottest summer days. The largest spring, Greer Spring, almost doubles the size of the river at Greer Crossing and is the second largest spring in the Ozarks. There are many places to get out of your canoe or kayak and explore. Popular sites include Turner Mill, Boze Mill, Greer Spring, and White’s Creek Cave.

At a leisurely pace (including stops,) you can expect to float at a pace of around two miles per hour.

You can choose between paddling upstream from Eagle Ranch for a shorter, turn-around trip, or shuttling up to Riverton by vehicle for an all day 20 mile trip (need distance confirmation) back to Eagle Ranch. For those with even more adventure in mind, floating from Greer Crossing back to Eagle Ranch would make a two day trip with a total distance of 40 miles (need distance confirmation).

The Eagle Ranch community dock enables members to conveniently house their canoes, kayaks and small fishing boats on the river. There is also a boat ramp and canoe launch located a few hundred yards downstream from the community dock which allows for vehicle access to the river for launching and retrieving watercraft.

There are outfitters and guides in the area who can help you arrange most any expedition. One of the best is Eleven Point Canoe Rental.


Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding and More

The trails at Eagle Ranch are suitable for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. They traverse a variety of terrain along the Eleven Point River and through the forest. The light footed hiker can expect viewings of a variety of native songbirds, deer, wild turkey, squirrel, bald eagles and an occasional black bear.

A vast network of additional trails begins just a few miles upstream in The Irish Wilderness and in The Mark Twain National Forest. (Mountain biking is not permitted in The Irish Wildness.)


The Irish Wilderness

The 16,227 acre Irish Wilderness is a protected natural wilderness located just 15 miles upstream from Eagle Ranch in the Mark Twain National Forrest.

The main trail in the wilderness is the 19.6 mile Whites Creek Trail.

  • No motorized or mechanized vehicles are allowed, which includes bicycles.
  • Horseback riding, camping, fishing and hunting are allowed with proper permits.
  • Scenic attractions include Fiddler and Bliss Springs, both cool and refreshing places to stop for a break.

Also of interest are Whites Creek Cave and other caves along the trail around Whites Creek, steep limestone bluffs overlooking the Eleven Point River, and the unique plant and wildlife communities.

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Mark Twain National Forest

As large as the Irish Wilderness is, it is dwarfed by the 1.5 million acre Mark Twain National Forest of which it is a part.

The Mark Twain National Forest is a land of limestone mountains of surprising steepness, clear-rushing streams perfect for canoeing, and a diversity of plant life as remarkable as it is endlessly interesting. Although wilderness areas are closed to mechanical transportation, more than half of the 742 miles of mark Twain’s trails are open to mountain bikes. There are abundant choices for canoeing, hiking and even scenic automobile drives.

For more information on hiking trails, canoeing and guide maps, visit the Forest Service or GORP.