The James River is a popular river in southern Missouri. The 130 mile river begins near Diggins in Webster County. It passes down the East side of Springfield where has been dammed to form Lake Springfield which is managed by the city. As it leaves Springfield, it flows west towards Nixa and then south to Galena where it ultimately reaches Table Rock Lake
Large sections of the James River are floatable by canoe or kayak a good percentage of the year.
There are several access points along the river which offer a variety of amenities including fishing, and boat launches.
The river's unusual green stain is from copper-fixing bacteria present in the waters.