1. The Black, Meramec, Courtois, Huzzah, Niangua, White, North Fork, Eleven Point, Elk, Current and Jacks Fork are among the Ozark streams perfect for float trips. The Missouri Canoe & Floaters Association lists outfitters for those and other rivers at www.missouricanoe.org.
2. Eight to 10 miles is a good length for a leisurely day on the river. With a stop for lunch on a gravel bar, an eight-mile float should take four to five hours.