The entourage, delayed by an hour because of the previous night's storms, was greeted by a host of news media, area legislators and constituents.
The Nixons enjoyed a short hike down to Greer Spring before reaching the river access at Greer Landing.
"We are here today to promote tourism, conservation and the enjoyment of Missouri's natural resources," Nixon said. "I've floated Eleven Point many times, but, previously, we always put in here by the bridge and never got up to Greer Springs."
Nixon called the river a "marvelous wonder," that, with good conservation, can be enjoyed for generations to come.
"We are looking at extending sportsman seasons for hunting and fishing in an attempt to let the entire state and our neighboring Midwestern states and the rest of the country know about our natural resources," the governor said, "and to promote outdoor recreation and tourism, as well as encourage the health advantages of outdoor activities for youths."
Traveling along with the governor were Missouri's Department of Natural Resources Director Sara Parker Pauley, Department of Conservation Director Bob Ziehmer, Division of State Parks Director Bill Bryan, Conservation Federation of Missouri Executive Director Dave Murphy and Barry Hart, executive vice president/CEO, Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives.
After discussing the importance of responsible conservation and stewardship in the state of Missouri, the governor and first lady shoved off to enjoy the natural beauty and cool waters of Oregon County's Eleven Point River.
By the time the First Family began their river-bourne trek, the temperature reached the mid-90s with high humidity, following the half-inch of rain that fell Sunday night.