VIDEO: Missouri's Elk River shows quiet side in autumn

Posted: November 24, 2015 at 1 a.m.

The Elk River near Pineville Mo., is peaceful, quiet and ideal for fishing during autumn. Russ Tonkinson of Rogers enjoys a float-fishing trip Oct. 30.

The summertime crowd of canoe and kayak paddlers disappears from the Elk River in autumn like leaves vanish from a colorful maple.

Summer crowds are gone, but smallmouth bass prowl the Elk’s cooling waters during fall. Russ Tonkinson shows a smallmouth he caught with a soft-plasti...

The Elk River float marked the first time Tonkinson had caught a sucker. This one bit, or accidentally bumped into, the tube lure Tonkinson used. What...

A smallmouth puts up a fight for Russ Tonkinson.

Railroad trestle seen upstream from the low-water bridge takeout on the Elk River.

Float the Elk River

A popular 6-mile trip for paddlers on the Elk River is from Pineville, Mo. to the Mt. Shira public access. There is a public access on the north side of the river at Pineville, or outfitters offer fee access.

The Elk River is a Class I stream, suitable for beginners.

Information: Big Elk Camp, 417-223-4635,

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