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Missouri Float trips Available Year-Round!

Missouri Ozark Float Trips Canoeing Kayaking

Enjoy Missouri Canoeing, Missouri Kayaking, or Rafting. Treehouse Cabins offers Kayak, Raft and Canoe rentals.

With the Spring fed North Fork River being the 8th largest spring system in the State of Missouri, you’ll enjoy hours of Missouri floating.

Treehouse Cabins is located at the heart of the North Fork River, known as the “Falls”. 

The Falls is a rock ledge 2-3 feet high – The Falls borders our property. It is the finest in Missouri canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. We are the place for quality canoe, raft, or kayak rentals.

The North Fork River has its upper reaches in the Mark Twain National Forest, and has a relatively constant flow from the many springs that feed it. Being spring fed the North Fork is crystal clear, making for some excellent observations of the aquatic life living in the river.

In normal water the river rates class I in most places, and class II in others, and makes a pleasant float for all family members and is considered a prime river for Missouri canoeing or Missouri rafting.

Check out our Summer Schedule and Rates below. Extended trips and other options are available. Please call Treehouse Cabins to help you plan the trip that’s right for you.

River of Life Farm LLC is permitted through the U.S. Forest Service as a licensed outfitter.

Missouri Canoeing North Fork River

Summer Schedule

Hammond to rolf.

Distance : 7 Miles Float Time : 3-4 Hours Departure : 10 AM Pickup :  Arrive at ROLF Available : Sunday – Sunday

Canoe  $52    Kayak  $39   

Raft  $140-$160

Details/Special Fees

(all prices include shuttle and outfitting fee).

Canoe $52 Kayak $39 Raft $140 to $160/day (4p & 6p sizes)     Private Canoe or Kayak Haul (by prior arrangement only) $52 per canoe per trip * $39 per kayak per trip * *if other boats are going to the same destination * $10 shuttle surcharge if only one person being shuttled

Important Safety Tips

  • DO NOT take a child through who is not wearing a life jacket or who is fastened into a chair, such as a child seat.
  • DO NOT drink excessive alcohol while canoeing. There is a direct correlation between blood alcohol content and accidents on the river.
  • DO NOT put your fingers over the edge of the canoe, as if you brush aside a rock you can do severe damage to your fingers.
  • DO NOT have expensive items laying loose in the canoe. They should be in a Dry Bag that floats, and be fastened to the canoe.

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10 Best Float Trips in Missouri

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Missouri is home to some of the best rivers to float, kayak, and canoe on in the United States. Missouri float trips are so well known because of the many options of beautiful rivers flowing throughout the entire state.

Since we’re from St. Louis, we have been going on Missouri float trips for years and years. We love the diversity in the float trips Missouri has to offer.

Whether you’re into camping or looking for Missouri float trips with cabins ,   this article details all the best places to camp, stay, and rent float trip gear from. 

So if you’re looking for float trips near St. Louis, float trips near Kansas City, or just general MO float trips – continue reading for all the best float trips in Missouri!

Check out our  Ultimate Float Trip Packing List   so you don’t forget  anything.

The Best Float Trips in Missouri Near St. Louis

1. big river.

Float Trip St Louis

Distance from St. Louis: 45 minutes Distance from Kansas City: 4 hours Distance from Springfield: 4 hours

The Big River is one of the best rivers for a float trip in Missouri and one of the best for a float trip near St. Louis.

If you are looking to also do some hiking or exploring during your trip, look no further than the Big River. The Big River flows right through the banks of Washington State Park, Twin River Park, Cedar Hill Park, and St. Francois State Park. 

The Big River is one of the best float trips near St. Louis since it can be done as a day trip. The slow-moving waters also make it one of the best family-friendly float trips in Missouri.

Because there are only two outfitters that rent out floating equipment, Washington State Park & Cherokee Landing, this river is more on the quiet side (especially during the week) which makes a Big River float trip the quieter float trip Missouri has to offer.

Where To Rent:  Cherokee Landing  

Cherokee Landing has outstanding customer service and great prices on its float trip rental equipment. The staff is very accommodating and will help you if you have any questions.

Where To Camp:  Washington State Park

Washington State Park is a great park for setting up a tent or bringing your camper to enjoy a weekend of camping. The campground itself is small, but the sites are spaced out and well-kept. You can also rent floating equipment from the concession store.

Where To Stay:  Gorgeous Historical Farmhouse

This  beautiful historic farmhouse  is a great place to stay with your family or a group. It’s only minutes away from St. Francois State Park which has two places to launch kayaks or canoes from. This house can sleep 12 people comfortably and has two full kitchens! The house was built in 1832 but has recently been updated. Although, the owners still kept the historical charm alive in the update. 

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Best missouri float trips for clear water, 2. black river.

Float Trips MO

Distance from St. Louis: 2 hours Distance from Kansas City: 5 hours Distance from Springfield: 3 hours

The Black River is one of the best rivers for a float trip in Missouri. The Black River is known for its incredible Ozark scenery as well as being one of the best clear water float trips Missouri has to offer. 

While enjoying your Black River float trip you will pass through sandstone bluffs and you may even have a chance to spot some wildlife on the banks of the river. 

If you enjoy fishing, the upper parts of the Black River are known for some great bass fishing. The eastern part of this river also runs through Johnson Shut-Ins State Park.

🛶 Read More:  Complete Guide to Black River Float Trips 🛶

You can’t reach Johnson Shut-Ins by boat or floating to it, but it’s a wonderful place to go swimming and can be a great way to add another adventure to your float trip weekend.

Of all the Missouri float trips, the Black River is definitely one of our favorite nearby float trip St. Louis has to offer.

Where To Rent/Camp:    Black River Camping & Outfitters

If you are looking for a great place to rent your Black River floating equipment, The Black River Camping offers some great rates on float trip equipment.

They also have gorgeous campsites right along the crystal clear Black River where you can walk straight from your campsite into the river.  

Where To Stay:  Cabin On The Black River

Looking to have an awesome Missouri float trip weekend? Look no further than the  Cabin at the Black River . This newly built cabin has a gorgeous view out over the Black River and sits on 27 acres.

It sleeps 12, has two full baths, and has a gorgeous stone fireplace. This cabin is perfect for groups looking to have an awesome weekend floating down the crystal-clear Black River.

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Best river for canoeing in missouri, 3.  niangua river.

Missouri float trip down the Niangua river

Distance from St. Louis: 3 hours Distance from Kansas City: 3 hours Distance from Springfield: 1.5 hours

Of all the floating Missouri has to offer, the Niangua River is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for a beautiful Missouri river float. 

Flowing just south of the Lake of the Ozarks and passing through Bennet Springs State Park, this river has a lot to offer when looking for Missouri rivers to float.

The Niangua River is known for having  some of the best fishing in the state .

If fishing isn’t really your thing, don’t worry as the Niangua River has a plethora of floating outfitters & different types of Niangua float trips to choose from.

Do be warned, this river along with the Meremac/Huzzah rivers can get really crowded during the summer months.

🛶 Read More:   The Ultimate Guide to Floating the Niangua River 🛶

If you’re looking for a relaxing float trip or kid-friendly float trips in Missouri, either check out a different river or try and visit on a weekday.

But if you’re looking for one of the best party rivers in Missouri, the Niangua is a great choice.

The Niangua River is also only a 3-hour drive from St. Louis or Springfield making it one of the more centrally located floating rivers in Missouri.

Where To Rent/Camp:  Riverfront Campground & Canoe

Riverfront Campground & Canoe is a clean, well-maintained campground right on the banks of the Niangua River. 

Most sites are directly on the river, so you can enjoy swimming and some of the best river floating in Missouri right next to where you’re camping.

Riverfront Campground & Canoe also offers something pretty unique: When looking for all the overnight float trips Missouri has to offer, Riverfront offers an all-inclusive overnight canoe trip that includes all your camping & floating gear, 4 meals, and two guides.

Where To Stay:  Gorgeous Cabin On Niangua River

This  gorgeous cabin  can accommodate 10 people so it’s great for groups or families looking for a fun weekend getaway. The best part about this house? It has its very own private gravel bar so you can enjoy hanging out by the river without even leaving the property! This is a great option for people with kids or anyone looking for the best family float trip Missouri has to offer.

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Best float trips in missouri for scenery, 4. current river.

Canoeing the Current River

Distance from St. Louis: 2 hours & 40 minutes Distance from Kansas City: 4 hours & 35 minutes Distance from Springfield: 2 hours & 25 minutes

The Current River, in our opinion, is one of the best rivers to float in Missouri.  The Current River  is one of the spring-fed rivers in Missouri which makes it a bit colder than other rivers, but great for a hot summer day!

The Current River and Jacks Fork River are part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways and were the first rivers to be protected by the National Parks system. 

Of all the best places to float in Missouri, we definitely suggest checking out the Current River and the surrounding area for some gorgeous Ozark scenery.  

🛶 Read More:   Ultimate Guide to Current River Float Trips 🛶

The Current River runs through Montauk and Current River State Park which both offer some incredible scenery as you pass by on your float trip.

The Current River is a popular spot for people looking to do overnight Missouri river float trips. There are lots of options for primitive campgrounds managed by NPS along the banks of the Current River.

Because of all the amazing things to see and do, it can’t get any better than the Current River for the best float trip in Missouri!

Where To Camp:  Pulltite Campground

Pulltite Campground is managed by the National Parks Service and is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. This Current River campground has flush toilets and a shower house but no hookups for RVs.

Pulltite is our first choice for a campground because it is located on a beautiful section of the river where some of the best Current River float trips are. 

Lots of sites are also riverfront, which is floating in Missouri dream. If you’re looking for NPS campgrounds with hookups check out Alley Spring, Big Spring, and Round Spring. 

Where To Rent:  Carr’s Canoe Rental

Carrs Canoe Rental is an authorized rental service by the National Parks Service and you can rent canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes from them.

They are located at Round Spring Campground but will arrange with you to pick you up at the lodging or campground you are staying at. They can accommodate single-day float trips or even overnight float trips.

Where To Stay:  Secluded Riverfront Cabin  

Looking for Current River cabins to stay in?  This cabin sits right on the Current River and is great for a family or friends looking to explore everything the Current River has to offer. 

Put your canoes in right at the cabin or spend the day by the river fishing, swimming, and sitting by the fire ring right on the banks of the crystal clear river. 

Great For Groups:  Luxury River View Cabin  

This cabin is a gorgeous home that sits upon a bluff overlooking the Current River. It has everything that you could need for having an awesome weekend with your friends or family.

It sleeps 12 and has two living areas, two large outdoor deck areas with patio furniture, and picnic tables.

The best part about this luxury cabin is the tram that you can ride up and down to the river. Don’t worry about lugging all your stuff up and down the stairs every day, just take the tram!

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5. jack’s fork river.

Jacks Fork River

Distance from St. Louis: 3 hours Distance from Kansas City: 4 hours & 45 minutes Distance from Springfield: 2 hours & 20 minutes

The Jacks Fork River is a tributary of the Current River and is the second river run by the  National Parks system in Missouri . Due to lack of access, it is described as one of the wildest and most scenic rivers in Missouri.

This area of Missouri is also home to two herds of wild horses. See if you can spot them on the banks of the river during your float trip. 

The first 25 floatable miles of The Jacks Fork River is essentially a deep valley with jagged dramatic cliffs rising along both sides of the river. 

This part of the river is for the more adventurous and experienced floaters as the waters are categorized as Class II. The rest of the river is considered a more relaxing float trip and is suitable for all levels.

The Jacks Fork River is another great place for camping and floating in Missouri as there are 3 backcountry campsites along the river and 4 primitive sites all managed by NPS. 

If you’re looking to do an overnight float and camping trip, the Jacks Fork would be a great river to check out!

Where To Rent/Camp:  Circle B Campground

Circle B Campground sits right along the banks of a beautiful section of one of the best rivers in Missouri to float, the Jacks Fork River.

You will find everything you need for an awesome weekend camping and floating with your family and friends at this campground. Clean restrooms, shower houses, and shaded spots. 

Where To Stay:  Relaxing Ranch House In The Woods

This cute little ranch house is a great place to stay to be out in nature while also not being that far from town in case you forget anything.

The house is tastefully decorated, the bed is super comfy, and it’s only minutes away from one of the best Missouri float trip rivers. 

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Best party float trips in missouri, 6.  meramec river.

Meramec River at sunset

Distance from St. Louis: 1 hour & 30 minutes Distance from Kansas City: 3 hours & 40 minutes Distance from Springfield: 2 hours & 15 minutes

The Meramec River is one of the longest free-flowing rivers in Missouri and many other popular rivers for float trips stem from this river.

The Meramac actually used to be known as one of the most polluted rivers in Missouri. Local and state governments have taken tremendous steps in cleaning up the river and now it is one of the most ecologically diverse rivers in Missouri!

🛶 Read More: The Ultimate Guide to Floating the Meramec River 🛶

Looking for the best tubing in Missouri? Floating the Meramec River on a tube is super popular between Maramec Springs Park and Meramec State Park.

This is where you will find all of the ‘river resorts’ in Missouri where people go for a party weekend or a fun-filled family rafting in Missouri trip.

You can continue to float past Meramec State Park but many people don’t enjoy it as much as the closer you get to St. Louis there are more houses and buildings along the river banks.

Over all, the Meramec is a great choice when looking for Missouri floating rivers as it’s so centrally located as well as has a ton of options of places to rent/camp.

Where To Rent/Camp:  Ozark Outdoors Riverfront Resort

This large ‘resort’ is a great place to go if you want everything in one place. They have float trip rentals, Missouri canoe trips, rental cabins, a late-night campground, a family campground, a riverfront beach, an aerial park, a restaurant, and horseback riding.

What stands out to us is this is  the  place to go for tube float trips in Missouri.   They have a “tube loop” that is 1.5 miles along the Meramec River that goes right along the campground. You can do this loop multiple times a day or just once- it’s up to you. 

Meramec State Park

If you’re looking for more of a relaxing family getaway without all the party-goers, Meramec State Park has some beautiful campsites right along the river. You can also rent float trip equipment at the park for a reasonable price. 

Where To Stay:  Secluded Cabin In The Woods

This  off-grid cabin  is a great place for anyone looking to disconnect and spend some time in nature.

It is only a short drive to the river and only a 10-minute drive to Ozark Trail Trailhead, Onondaga Cave State Park, Ozark Outdoors, Huzzah Conservation Area, and the Mark Twain National Forest.

Perfect For Large Groups (22 People)

Looking for a house to stay at (on the river) with 22 of your friends or a group of families? Look no further!

This incredible cabin has 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms will make sure that everyone is comfortable. Enjoy playing in the river on your own sunny gravel bar and there is even a float trip outfitter right down the river where you can rent anything you need.

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Best float trip in missouri near kansas city, 7. elk river.

Bluffs of the Elk RIver

Distance from St. Louis: 5 hours Distance from Kansas City: 3 hours Distance from Springfield: 2 hours

Located in the southwest corner of Missouri,  floating the Elk River is a favorite thing to do   for people who live in the western part of Missouri.

This river has so much to offer in terms of the many different rental companies, resorts, and campgrounds along the river. The river also has a large bass population for those who like to fish. The starting off point for float trips on the Elk River is in the quaint town of Noel, Missouri. Floaters will love visiting this town as it’s all about the river here.

🛶 Read More: Ultimate Guide to Floating the Elk River 🛶

The Elk River has some of  the best river rafting in Missouri  as well as a great destination for Airbnbs and campgrounds situated right on the river .  So if you’re looking for float trips in Missouri with cabins, the Elk River is high on the list!

We normally stop for a float trip on the Elk River when we’re on our way south with our camper. Noel Missouri is pretty close to the Arkansas border and there are also some really great float trips nearby on the Buffalo River that we love.

Where To Rent/Camp:  Shady Beach Campground

Shady Beach Campground is a great place to go with a group of friends to have an unforgettable weekend floating and camping. Their campground has riverfront campsites so you can enjoy hanging out by the river without going far from your site. Rent your float trip equipment right at the campground and enjoy being shuttled upriver so you can float straight back to your campsite. For those of you looking to fish, this is also a great spot to catch some small-mouth bass! Reservations: Call 800.745.6481 or visit the Shady Beach website for more info- make sure to make reservations in advance as they fill up quickly!

Where To Stay:  Luxurious Cabin Great For Groups

This luxurious cabin is designed to keep your comfort in mind and is beautifully decorated. It’s also located literally steps away from some of the best canoeing in Missouri. 

You could even jump right off the back porch into the beautiful blue water! The porch area is great for watching floaters go by and enjoying a drink while watching the sunset. 

Affordable Family Vacation Cabin

If you’re looking for more affordable Elk River cabins, this adorable cabin is right up your alley. It is secluded on 24 acres of property, making it a great choice if you’re looking for some solitude.

It even has a hot tub for relaxing in after a fun day out on the river and has some pretty awesome views of the river below!

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Best float trips in missouri for fishing, 8. north fork river.

North Fork River

Distance from St. Louis: 3 hours Distance from Kansas City: 4 hours Distance from Springfield: 1 hour & 30 minutes

The North Fork River is a tributary of the White River and goes through the upper part of Mark Twain National Forest, all the way down into Arkansas.

The river is about a 3-hour drive away from St. Louis and is an excellent option for people looking to spend a day or weekend floating on one of the best rivers in Missouri. 

The North Fork River is also voted as one of the top 100 rivers for trout fishing in the US and is one of the best rivers for canoe trips in Missouri.

Don’t forget to check out Blue Spring while floating down this river, the water bubbles from the ground creating a gorgeous turquoise color that looks like it’s straight out of a tropical destination.

Where To Rent/Camp :  Sunburst Ranch

Sunburst Ranch is located along a beautiful section of the North Fork River. The owners are super friendly and are there to help with anything you might need.

They have nice, clean shower houses and bathrooms and reasonable rates for campsites as well as float trip rentals. 

Where To Stay:  Oak Cabin With Hot Tub

This cabin is a great place for a family or a couple of friends to stay while visiting the North Fork River. The cabin is down a secluded road where you can enjoy seeing wildlife right off the front porch.

There also is a new hot tub for relaxing and having an evening drink while watching the sunset. Check out Pettit’s Canoe Rental right down the street for float trip rentals and transportation.

Perfect For Large Groups

Another great option for a group of friends or a bunch of families looking to have an awesome weekend on the river. This cabin can sleep 13 adults comfortably and has all the amenities you would need to keep you comfortable.

This cabin is even walking distance to a really nice restaurant and also very close to Dawt Mill & Sunburst Ranch where you can rent canoes, kayaks, or rafts, grab a drink at the bar, or enjoy a tasty dinner.

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Best float trips in missouri for families, 9.   big piney river.

The Big Piney River

Distance from St. Louis: 2 hours & 30 minutes Distance from Kansas City: 4 hours Distance from Springfield: 2 hours

If you’re looking to go on a float trip with hopes of not seeing another soul, check out the Big Piney River.

A tributary of the Gasconade River, the Big Piney is a great  family float trip river in Missouri  and is easy to float year-round because of the high water levels. This also makes it one of the best places to kayak in Missouri!

The scenery of the Big Piney definitely won’t disappoint either- tall jagged bluffs overlook the river and there are plenty of  secret swimming spots to discover along the way, making this river one of the best rivers for float trips in Missouri.

Make sure to taste some beers at the Piney River Brewing Co and get a Float Trip beer while you’re at it!

Where To Camp/Rent:  Peck’s Last Resort

This campground is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to camp and float all in one place. They have RV spots, tent spots, and really affordable prices on float trip rentals.

They also have nice cabins you can rent which makes it one of the best places for family float trips in Missouri so you can have all the comforts of home while also experiencing a nice trip together.

Where To Stay:  Secluded Log Cabin On The Big Piney

This log cabin has a gorgeous screened-in porch perfect for relaxing after a fun day of floating down the Big Piney.

The house has 3 bedrooms, 6 beds, and 2 full baths making it a perfect place to get away with family or a group of friends. There are canoe rentals close by and the river is only 2 minutes away.

This house is a perfect spot for exploring the Big Piney!

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Best float trip in missouri for solitude, 10.  eleven point river.

Greer Spring at Eleven Point River

Distance from St. Louis: 3 hours & 20 minutes Distance from Kansas City: 5 hours & 20 minutes Distance from Springfield: 3 hours

The Eleven Point River is one of the best floats in Missouri for people seeking solitude and some time unplugged.

Probably one of the  most remote rivers in Missouri , the Eleven Point is a great river to float if you’re looking for an awesome adventure. The Eleven Point is supplied by the enormous Greer Spring, which is the 10th largest freshwater spring in the world! 

There are primitive campgrounds located along the banks of the river which can be great for people looking to do a multiple-day float.

Where To Rent:  Richards Canoe Rental

Richards Canoe Rental is a great place to rent all your float trip equipment and also set up camp.

They are family-owned and have been in business since 1976. They have shower houses and restrooms for tent campers as well as hookups for RVs. Their canoe and kayaks are rented at reasonable rates and they are on a beautiful section of the Eleven Point. 

Where to Camp:  Greer Crossing Recreation Campground

Greer Crossing Recreation Campground is a secluded campground located right on the banks of the Eleven Point.

It is managed by the USDA and the hosts at this campground keep it super clean. There are vault toilets and no hookups. Richards Canoe Rental is right down the road where you can rent float trip equipment. 

11. Beaver Creek

view of a river and canoe while canoeing missouri

Distance from St. Louis: 3 hours & 50 minutes Distance from Kansas City: 3 hours & 40 minutes Distance from Springfield: 1 hour & 10 minutes

Floating down Beaver Creek is a great option for someone looking for solitude. It’s also a popular river with fly fishers, so you know there is some good fishing to be had here.

Beaver Creek is a tributary of The White River and even though it isn’t technically a river, it’s still around the size of the Niangua River but it usually has a lot less reliable water supply.

One of the best parts of The Beaver Creek River is that it flows through Mark Twain National Forest so you’re bound to see some beautiful scenery on your float trip.

Where To Rent/Camp:  Beaver Creek Canoe Rental & Campground

Beaver Creek Canoe Rental and Campground is one of the best places to rent float trip gear as well as camp. They have awesome customer service and fair prices. The campground is super well taken care of and the bathhouse is extremely clean. It also has 1600 feet of waterfront campsites, so you can enjoy the river while you camp.

12. The James River

missouri river rafting down the James River

The James River is a perfect float trip located near Springfield, Missouri and the river actually supplies drinking water to the town of Springfield.

There was once upon a time when the James River was actually really polluted, but in recent years thanks to the James River Basin Partnership, the river has been cleaned up , and how it makes for a great place to go floating.

The James River flows south of Springfield and past Galena and stops at Table Rock Lake. There are quite a few options for public access points along this river and when the water is high enough there is a section that can make up a solid three-day 2 overnight float trip.

Where To Rent/Camp:  James River Outfitters

James River Outfitters is the perfect place that offers canoe trips in Missouri down the James River. They have really fair prices on camping and rentals as well as great customer service.

One of our favorite ways to go on a float trip is by being shuttled upriver and floating back to your campsite. That way you don’t have to ride a shuttle for miles after being tired from a full day of floating. James River Outfitters has floats where you can end your day back at the campground which is perfect in our opinion.

13. Huzzah Creek and Courtois Creek

tubing and rafting missouri rivers is a fun time for kids and adults

The Huzzah and Courtois Creek are both Meramec River tributaries and are super popular places to go on a float trip near St. Louis. Located near Steelville, Missouri the creeks are surrounded by lots of Missouri float trip cabins and places to camp.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly float trip in Missouri this is not the place during the summer months. Because of the river resorts located along these rivers, this is one of the biggest Missouri party destinations .

But if partying is what you’re looking for, you can end your search and head to Huzzah or Courtois Creek.

Just like with any river on this list, if you go during the week or in the shoulder season, you are bound to see a lot fewer crowds. So these rivers could be a good choice at those times!

Where To Rent/Camp:  Huzzah Valley Resort

If you’re looking for an all-in-one float trip rental place the Huzzah Valley Resort has you covered. They have a huge campground, float trip rental gear, and even horseback riding.

The Huzzah is one of the Missouri floating rivers and the Huzzah Valley Resort is one of the best places to do just that. They even have gorgeous cabin rentals so you can go on your Missouri river rafting trip with all the comforts of home.

Looking for Even More Float Trips? Check out Our Guide to  the Best Float Trips in Arkansas

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Jess Drier is co-founder of Unearth The Voyage. She loves outdoor adventures, hiking, camping, going on float trips, and exploring new countries. She has explored more than 20 countries, taught English in South Korea, and visited 28 stunning National Parks while living in her RV. She loves sharing her knowledge here on Unearth The Voyage in detailed guides and helping others discover the great outdoors and their love for travel!

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10 Best Float Trips in Missouri for Beautiful Views and Clear Waters

These scenic float trips in Missouri are perfect for a serene day trip or a days-long excursion.

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When it comes to choosing an outdoor adventure in their home state, Missourians are especially lucky. The Show-Me State is brimming with natural beauty — from caverns and mountains to rivers and waterfalls — and one of the best ways to get amongst it on a hot summer's day is with a float trip, a classic Midwestern warm-weather pastime.

A float trip is exactly as it sounds: You float down a river atop a tube, raft, kayak, or canoe, enjoying the scenery and perhaps knocking back a few beverages along the way (make sure you familiarize yourself with the law before bringing booze onboard, though). There are group float trips — generally alcohol-free — facilitated by outfitters that provide guidance and materials, or you can opt to do it yourself if you're willing to do some planning (the route, plus entry and exit points). Whichever way you decide to float, you won't want to put in without a swimsuit and water shoes, plenty of sun protection (including sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats), a quality life jacket, and a cooler loaded with water and snacks.

With countless miles of waterways across Missouri, there are options for any kind of outing, from easy day trips from St. Louis, Springfield, and Kansas City to more out-of-the-way rivers and streams. Here are 10 of the best destinations for a Missouri float trip.

1. Meramec River

The Meramec River snakes around Central Missouri, running along the outskirts of the Mark Twain National Forest and through Meramec State Park , flowing towards St. Louis, around where it joins the Mississippi River. There are a number of outfitters offering float trips on this scenic, forest-flanked waterway — Ozark Outdoors Resort , Meramec Caverns , and Old Cove Canoe and Kayak , among others — and some are just an hour's drive from St. Louis. Known for its "river resorts," Meramec is also perfect for groups in the market for a weekend-long float party. Camp out in the state park or consider reserving a cozy cabin right on the river.

2. Niangua River

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Though it's best known as a fishing hotspot teeming with trout, bass, and catfish, the Niangua River in south and central Missouri is highly float-worthy and bursting with the natural splendor of the Ozarks. Tour companies like Riverfront Campground and Canoe , Niangua River Oasis , and Adventures Float Trips rent out equipment and facilitate trips of varying lengths on the Niangua. Along the river is nothing but untouched nature, so make sure to bring everything you need and go with a plan. The cabins and camping at Riverfront Campground, an hour outside of Springfield, make it possible to plan a whole weekend around floating.

3. Big Piney River

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The 110-mile-long Big Piney River runs through the Mark Twain National Forest, a vast (1.5 million-acre) patch of protected land stretching across the Ozark Highlands and beyond. Its central location makes it easily accessible from any part of the state, and floaters are guaranteed not to be disappointed by the wild scenery. If you plan to float the national forest section, however, you'll be going it alone as outfitters are not authorized to operate there. The U.S. Forest Service recommends entry and exit at the following access points: Bookers Bend, Crossroads Access, East Gate, and the Slabtown Recreation Area. If you're more interested in an organized trip, you can find that on other parts of the river. BSC Outdoors runs float trips on the Big Piney and conjoined Gasconade rivers from Dixon.

4. Beaver Creek

This quiet and gentle tributary of the White River is great for longer excursions due to its gentle and consistent gradient. Like Big Piney, Beaver Creek also runs through part of the Mark Twain National Forest and is popular for fishing. Self-organized float trips "should start in the Bradleyville area or below," the Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association says, "unless you want to wade or fish." Beaver Creek Campground , a seven-minute drive from Bradleyville, offers rentals and a shuttle service that will take you and your equipment anywhere along the creek.

5. James River

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The James River is a close option for those in Springfield. Although it once had a reputation for being dirty, the James River Basin Partnership has worked in recent years to clean up the waterway and make it a solid option for float trips again. Start your float at the Joe Crighton Access and follow the James River Water Trail to the Lake Springfield Park and Boathouse. Otherwise, go further south to rent equipment from James River Outfitters in Galena, which offers boats, shuttles, and camping accommodations.

6. Current River

The National Rivers Project , part of the River Management Society, calls Current River and Jacks Fork "two of the finest floating rivers you'll find anywhere." The Current flows from Montauk State Park and terminates in northeastern Arkansas. Paddlers can put in at The Landing in Van Buren, a lodge and raft outfitter that burned down in 2021 but has continued to facilitate floats along the Current River. The Landing will even kit you out for a multi-day expedition lasting up to five nights.

7. Jacks Fork River

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This Missouri river is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways system. Its clear waters are surrounded by cliffs, making for a picturesque trip, but water levels vary depending on the time of year. One outfitter, Two Rivers Canoe Rental , recommends the 14-mile float from Alley Springs to Two Rivers as a year-round option. Anything above Alley Springs, it says, is for the more experienced. You can use Two Rivers for everything you need — rentals, shuttles, camping, groceries — on a Jacks Fork River float.

8. Gasconade River

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This central Missouri river is hundreds of miles long, making it optimal both for a short day trip or a multi-day journey. You can even do a link-up of the Gasconade River and Big Piney — the two join together north of Devils Elbow — with BSC Outdoors ' three- to eight-mile excursions. For longer trips on the Gasconade only, the outfitter offers a multi-day, 14-mile float from the Riddle Bridge access point. The route goes past the Gasconade Hills Conservation Area.

9. North Fork of the White River

Another great option for a Missouri float trip, the North Fork of the White River has mostly calm waters — and its abundance of trout also makes it an ideal spot for fishing. The Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association says the stretch from Dora to Norfork Lake (across the Arkansas border) is almost always floatable. Some of the lower reaches, however, can get "sporty." Sunburst Ranch offers camping and a range of float trips along this picturesque river, the most popular being the five- to seven-hour float from Hammond Mill.

10. Huzzah and Courtois Creeks

These two creeks flow nearly side-by-side in the same region before joining the larger Meramec River. Both Huzzah and Courtois are beautiful and popular among the local paddlers, but their depths (and temperatures) can change drastically depending on the season, so be sure to check the conditions with a local outfitter before you go. Ozark Outdoors Resort in Leasburg is a trusted tour company running five- and 10-mile trips on Courtois Creek and four-, 10-, and 14-milers on Huzzah Creek. After a long day on the water, you can relax with a beverage and live music (Fridays and Saturdays) at the on-site Paddlers Bar and Grill.

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4 Fantastic Float Trips in Missouri and Where to Camp

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A good, old-fashioned float trip is a rite of passage in Missouri. Whether you’re looking to escape the Midwest heat, or challenge yourself on a multiday river trek, float trips in Missouri are a fun way to spend your summer days. With a number of rivers located near  popular towns , floaters have easy access to everything from sun-soaked waterways to cool and shady fishing holes.

The Best and Most Beautiful Float Trips in Missouri

No matter where you choose to float in Missouri, there’s one thing you can count on: Midwestern hospitality.  Any launch site worth its salt is serviced by experienced river vendors who can assist floaters with river information, rentals and transportation. They’ll help you right up to the water’s edge, then pick you up at the end of the route and drive you back to camp. No matter where you choose to reach the water, you’re sure to be in good hands.

We’ve chosen four of our favorite rivers for float trips in Missouri. On the Gasconade River, you can find a less-crowded launch point than on the nearby Lake of the Ozarks. The Big Piney River, a tributary of the Gasconade, offers plenty of riverside camping in a slightly more secluded location. Meanwhile, the Jacks Fork River, part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverway, is a family-friendly destination closer to the boot-heel of the state. And just over an hour from St. Louis, the massive Meramec River is perfect for those who love land adventures just as much as the water. Read on for more.

1. Float along the Gasconade River near Dixon

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Nearly 280 miles long, the Gasconade River is known for its crooked turns and dramatic scenery. It begins in the Ozark Mountains and winds through the towns of Laclede, Pulaski, Phelps, Osage, and Gasconade. After passing through the Mark Twain National Forest, the Gasconade River empties into the Missouri River. Floaters on the Gasconade can enjoy beautiful Ozark scenery filled with limestone bluffs, caves, and natural springs.

The Boiling Springs Campground , about 10 miles southeast of Dixon, makes a perfect base for floating the Gasconade River. At the campground, you can rent canoes, rafts, kayaks, and tubes. Choose from 3, 5, and 8-mile floats and they’ll shuttle you upriver to the starting point—then you just float back to the campground. Rates vary depending on the type of watercraft you choose, and reservations are recommended. Shuttles depart several times per day from the camp pavilion. 

The campground at Boiling Springs is open from May 1 to Oct. 15 and can accommodate both tent and RV campers; full hookups are available. Most of the sites are located right near the river for easy water access. The campground offers showers, flush toilets, a picnic pavilion, volleyball court, sandbox for the kids, and a dog walking area. There are also four fully-equipped cabins available to rent. Tent site rates are based on how many people are in your party; RV site rates are based on type of hookups selected and number in party.

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2. Float or Fish in the Big Piney River near Fort Leonard Wood

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If the Gasconade River doesn’t float your boat, the Big Piney River is a close second for float trips in Missouri. This 11o-mile tributary of the Gasconade is regarded as one of the best fishing streams in the area for rock and smallmouth bass. Much of the Big Piney is known for being a family-friendly float as it meanders past limestone bluffs and pine forests. More than 21 miles of the river flows through the Mark Twain National Forest before it merges with the Gasconade.  

Peck’s Last Resort—formerly Rich’s Last Resort—rents canoes, rafts and kayaks for half- and full-day floats on the Big Piney, up to 15 miles. Canoes are also available for multiday floats up to 45 miles. Daily watercraft rates range from $30–$100. Multiday rentals receive discounts for each additional day. Vehicle and watercraft shuttle service to the put-in and take-out locations is available for an additional charge. Fishing is not permitted from watercraft.  

The campground at Peck’s Last Resort offers individual and group tent camping with access to restrooms and showers. A limited number of RV spaces are available; hookups are not currently available. The resort also offers three cabin rentals. Ice and firewood is available onsite. Campsite rates are $10/person/night; cabins are $60/couple/night, with extra fees for children and additional guests. Midweek cabin specials include a canoe float trip. 

3. Visit a Historic Missouri Riverway near Eminence

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Turn your river trip into a journey through time with a float on the Jacks Fork River near Alley Spring. Located just 6 miles west of Eminence, you can catch a glimpse of the historic Alley Mill as you paddle by, or hop out of your boat and take a full tour of the landmark structure. Constructed in 1893, the mill was used to grind grain for bread. Complete with early milling turbines, chutes, and elevators, the “Old Red Mill” gives some insight into early American culture.

For paddling this stretch of the  Ozark National Scenic Riverway, Harvey’s at Alley Spring rents canoes, kayaks, tubes, and rafts. They offer several one-day floats, ranging from 7 to 18 miles, and several more multiday floats, up to 62 miles. The friendly folks at Harvey’s will shuttle you to your put-in point and pick you up at the end of your float, or shuttle your vehicle for you. Canoe and kayak rental rates range from $30–$75/day; raft rentals range from $100–$140/day. Reservations are recommended.

If you’re going to float past Alley Spring, the  Alley Spring Campground  is the ideal location to pitch your tent. You’ll also have access to swimming and fishing. The campground provides more than 170 tent and RV sites with picnic tables and fire rings; many have partial hookups. There are also group sites available.  Onsite facilities include seasonal restrooms and showers, and a dump station is available. Campsite rates range from $18–$38/night.

“Totally classic Ozarks experience here with all the water and woods you want! Great easy and moderate trails with lovely views, critters, and wildflowers. If you have a watercraft you will absolutely want to bring it (not sure about rentals on site or nearby).” —The Dyrt camper Lynn G.

4. Spend a day on the Meramec near Sullivan

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Near St. Louis, the Meramec River is one of the longest free-flowing rivers in Missouri. The river was an important industrial route for early lead, iron, and timber industries. Today, the Meramec is popular for canoeing, kayaking, and raft float trips in Missouri. With steep limestone bluffs, caves, and soothing springs, a day on the Meramec River is perfect for putting your mind at ease.

Meramec State Park facilitates 5-mile float trips along the Meramec. Visitors can choose from canoes, kayaks, and 6- and 8-person rafts; floats usually last from two to four hours. Park staff will transport you and your watercraft to the launch point at Sappington Bridge, then you just float back to the park’s boat ramp. Canoe and kayak rates range from $30–$45; raft rates range from $140–$180. Check the park’s website for float launch times.

If you’re going to float the Meramac, you might as well camp at the Meramac. The state park offers more than 200 tent and RV sites with partial and full hookups. Group sites are also available, as well as several fully-equipped cabins . Facilities in the park include restrooms with showers, visitor center, park store, picnic shelter and several miles of hiking trails. Visitors can also take a guided tour of Fisher Cave . Campsite rates range from $13–$30/night; reservations accepted. 

“This is a really nice campground. There are locations that you can hang out on the Meramec River during the day or hike and explore caves. Very well kept and friendly staff.” —The Dyrt camper Denver S.

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Float trips in Missouri

Missouri is home to several of the best rivers to float, kayak, and canoe on in the United States. Missouri float trips are popular due to the abundance of beautiful rivers that run through the state.

One of the main reasons why Missouri float trips are so outstanding is because you can spend a weekend reconnecting with nature, friends, and family all while not being too far from home.

Whether you  are into camping trips or looking for Missouri float trips with cabins, this article details all the best places to camp, stay, and rent float trip gear from. 

So if you’re peeking for float trips near St. Louis, float trips near Kansas City, or just popular MO float trips, keep on reading for all the best float trips in Missouri!

Best Float Trips in Missouri

Big River is The Best Float Trip In Missouri Near St. Louis .

Float Trips in Missouri: Big River

The Big River is one of the best rivers for a float trip in Missouri if you are looking to do some hiking or exploring during your trip. The mighty Big River flows smoothly across the banks of Twin River Park, Washington State Park, Cedar Hill Park, and St. Francois State Park. 

The Big River is the best float trip near St. Louis and is perfect for a one-day float trip. The slow-moving springs also make it a perfect family float trip.

There are only two outfitters that rent out floating equipment: Washington State Park and Cherokee Landing. This river is better on the quiet side, which makes a Big River float trip more nice and makes it a nature-filled trip rather than a party river.

Distance from St. Louis: 45 minutes

Distance from Kansas City: 4 hours

Distance from Springfield: 4 hours

Black River

For clear water, the Black River is the best Missouri float trip.

Float Trips in Missouri: Black River

The Black River is one of the great rivers for a float trip in Missouri. The Black River is known for its wonderful Ozark scenery as well as being one of the best clear-water float trips Missouri has to offer. While relishing your float trip, you will pass through sandstone bluffs, and you may even have the possibility to spot some wildlife on the banks of the river.

If you like fishing, the upper parts of the Black River are known for some great bass fishing. The eastern part of Black River also runs through Johnson Shut-Ins State Park. You cannot reach Johnson Shut-Ins by boat or by floating there, but it is a great place to go swimming and can be a great way to add another adventure to your float trip weekend.

Of all the Missouri float trips, the Black River is definitely one of your favorites.

Distance from St. Louis: 2 hours 

Distance from Kansas City: 5 hours

Distance from Springfield: 3 hours

Niangua River

The Niangua River is the best river for canoeing in Missouri .

Float Trips in Missouri: Niangua River

This beautiful river is an outstanding float trip destination for its views and ample opportunity to go fishing. Nearby canoe and float rental companies give trips of varying lengths along the Niangua. Riverfront Campground and Canoe is placed on the river’s banks, and it delivers cabins, camping, and float trips. If you’re looking for a fantastic Missouri River float, the Niangua River is an excellent choice.

Flowing exactly south of the Lake of the Ozarks and passing through Bennett Springs State Park, this river has a lot to offer when looking for Missouri rivers to float. The Niangua River, just like the North Fork River, is known for the best fishing in the state.

If fishing is not really your thing, don’t bother, as the Niangua River has a plethora of floating outfitters to choose from. Be aware that this river, along with the Meramec and Huzzah, can attract large crowds during the hot summer months. If you are looking for a relaxing float trip or kid-friendly float trips in Missouri, either look out for a different river or visit on a weekday.

The Niangua River is only a 3-hour drive from St. Louis or Springfield, making it one of the better centrally located floating rivers in Missouri.

Distance from St. Louis: 3 hours 

Distance from Kansas City: 3 hours

Distance from Springfield: 1.5 hours

Current River

Current River is The Best Float Trip In Missouri For Scenery . 

Float Trips in Missouri: Current River

The Current River flows across the south-eastern portion of Missouri’s Ozarks, providing floaters a scenic journey downstream. The Landing is located in Van Buren on the banks of this river, and it offers an array of kayaks, canoes, rafts, and tubes for rent.

The Current River, in our opinion, is one of the best rivers in Missouri for float trips. The Current River is one of the spring-fed rivers in Missouri, which makes it a bit colder than other rivers, but incredible on a hot summer day!

The Current River and Jacks Fork River are facets of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways and were the first rivers to be preserved by the National Parks system. Of all the good places to float in Missouri, we exactly suggest checking out the Current River and the surrounding area for some gorgeous Ozark scenery.

The Current River runs through Montauk and Current River State Park, which both suggest some incredible scenery as you pass by on your float trip. People looking to do overnight Missouri River float trips frequent the Current River. There are numerous NPS-managed simple campgrounds along the Current River’s banks.

Because of all the amazing aspects to see and do, it cannot get any better than the Current River for the best float trip in Missouri!

Distance from St. Louis: 2 hours and 40 minutes

Distance from Kansas City: 4 hours and 35 minutes

Distance from Springfield: 2 hours and 25 minutes

Jacks Fork River

The best float trip in Missouri is on the Jacks Fork River.

Float Trips in Missouri: : Jacks Fork River

This Missouri river is an aspect of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways system, so it is a great choice for those looking for an attractive float trip. Its clear waters are enclosed by cliffs, making for a picturesque trip, but water levels vary depending on the time of year. Two Rivers Canoe Rental has different canoe trip choices for different distances on the river.

The Jacks Fork River is a tributary of the Current River and is the second river passed by the National Parks system in Missouri. Due to its scarcity of access, it is described as one of the wildest and most scenic rivers in Missouri.

This region of Missouri is also home to two herds of wild horses. You can see them on the  slopes of the river during your float trip. The first 25 floatable miles of the Jacks Fork River are almost a deep valley, with jagged, surprising cliffs rising along both sides of the river. This part of the river is for the more courageous and competent floaters, as the waters are classified as Class II. The rest of the river is considered a more relaxing float trip and is acceptable for all levels.

The Jacks Fork River is the next great place for camping and floating in Missouri, as there are three backcountry campsites ahead of the river and four primitive sites, all organised by the National Park Service. If you are wanting to do an overnight float and camping trip, the Jacks Fork would be an enormous river to check out!

Distance from St. Louis: 3 hours

Distance from Kansas City: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Distance from Springfield: 2 hours and 20 minutes

Meramec River

The Meramec River is Missouri’s best party float trip.

Float Trips in Missouri: Meramec River

There are a number of outfitters offering float trips on the scenic Meramec River, and some are just an hour from St. Louis, making this an ideal weekend day trip from the city. Known for its “river resorts,” it is also perfect for groups that want an extensive, weekend-long float party. Camp out in Meramec State Park or consider a cosy cabin rental.

The Meramec River is one of the longest free-flowing rivers in Missouri, and several other popular rivers can be reached via float trips from this river. Previously, the Meramec River was considered one of the dirtiest rivers in Missouri, but that’s totally a thing of the past. Local and state governments have taken tremendous steps in cleaning up the river, and now it is one of the most ecologically diverse rivers in Missouri!

Looking for the best tubing in Missouri? The Meramec River is enormous between Maramec Springs Park and Meramec State Park.

This is where you will discover all of the ‘river resorts’ in Missouri where people take off for a party weekend or a fun-filled family rafting trip in Missouri. You can proceed with the float past Meramec State Park, but many people don’t enjoy it as much as the closer you get to St. Louis, the more houses and buildings there are along the river banks.

Distance from St. Louis: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Distance from Kansas City: 3 hours and 40 minutes

Distance from Springfield: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Elk River is The Best Float Trip In Missouri Near Kansas City . 

Float Trips in Missouri: Elk River

Located in the southwest corner of Missouri, the Elk River is a favourite float trip destination for visitors  who live in the western part of the state. This river has so much to offer in terms of the many different rental companies, resorts, and campgrounds ahead of it. The river also has a large bass community for those who wish to fish. 

The beginning of the float trip on the Elk River is in the quaint town of Noel, Missouri. Floaters will like visiting this town as it is all about the river. The Elk River has some of the best river rafting in Missouri as well as being a wonderful destination for Airbnbs and campgrounds put right on the river. So if you are looking for float trips in Missouri with cabins, the Elk River is outstanding!

Distance from St. Louis: 5 hours

Distance from Springfield: 2 hours

North Fork River

The North Fork River is the Best Float Trip In Missouri For Fishing .

Float Trips in Missouri: North Fork River

The North Fork River is a tributary of the White River and runs across the upper part of Mark Twain National Forest, all the way below Arkansas. The river is approximately a 3-hour drive from St. Louis and is a great option for people looking to spend a day or weekend drifting on one of the best rivers in Missouri.

The North Fork River is also picked as one of the top 100 rivers for trout fishing in the US. Don’t forget to check out Blue Spring while floating down this river. The water bubbles from the ground, producing a gorgeous turquoise colour that looks straight out of a tropical destination.

Distance from Springfield: 1 hour and 30 minutes 

Big Piney River

The Big Piney River is The Best Float Trip In Missouri For Families . 

Float Trips in Missouri: Big Piney River

The Big Piney River, situated in the middle of the state, is another enormous option for families. Part of the river is located in the Mark Twain National Forest, which offers river entry points and beautiful scenery. Note that outfitters are not authorised to operate here, so you will have to mark your own accommodations.

If you want to go on a float trip with the hopes of not discerning another soul, check out the Big Piney River. A tributary of the Gasconade River, the Big Piney is a huge family float trip river in

Missouri and is easy to float year-round because of the increased water levels. This also samples one of the best places to kayak in Missouri!

The view of the Big Piney would definitely not disappoint either; tall, jagged cliffs overlook the river, and there are plenty of secret swimming spots to discover along the way, making this river one of the best for float trips in Missouri. Make sure to spend a little time tasting beers at the Piney River Brewing Co. and get a Float Trip beer while you are at it!

Distance from St. Louis: 2 hours and 30 minutes

 Eleven Point River

Eleven Point River is The Best Float Trip In Missouri For Solitude . 

Float Trips in Missouri: Eleven Point River

The Eleven Point River is one of the best floats in Missouri for people wanting solitude and some time unplugged. Perhaps one of the most remote rivers in Missouri, the Eleven Point is a tremendous river to float if you are looking for a great adventure. The Eleven Point is provided by the enormous Greer Spring, which is the 10th biggest freshwater spring in the world!

There are fundamental campgrounds located along the banks of the river, which can be wonderful for people looking to do a multiple-day float. Check out the USDA’s website for some additional information.

Distance from St. Louis: 3 hours and 20 minutes

Distance from Kansas City: 5 hours and 20 minutes

 Huzzah and Courtois Creeks

The best float trip in Missouri is on Huzzah and Courtois Creeks.

Float Trips in Missouri: Huzzah and Courtois Creeks

These two rivers flow nearly side-by-side in the same region before entering the larger Meramec River. Both creeks are wonderful and outstanding among local floaters, but their depths can change depending on the season, so be sure to check the situation with a local outfitter before you go.

Distance from St. Louis: 1 hour and 27 minutes

Distance from Springfield: 2 hours and 27 minutes

Conclusion 

When it comes to choosing an outdoor adventure in their home state, Missourians are the lucky ones. The show-me state has tunnels, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls So nature lovers always have something to do. If you are looking for a relaxing way to enjoy the state’s natural beauty while exploring one of the many rivers, opt for a float trip.

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Best Float Trips in Missouri: Top 12 Scenic Rivers

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Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Show-Me State, where scenic rivers, nestled within the stunning landscapes of Mark Twain National Forest and beyond, invite adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. From the tranquil waters of the Gasconade River to the vibrant currents in Meramec State Park, a visit to the river bank is a great way to experience beautiful scenery and reconnect with nature during the summer months.

Picture yourself gliding down the picturesque Big Piney River, embraced by the breathtaking beauty of limestone bluffs, or exploring the historic Alley Spring and its crystal-clear waters. Whether you’re seeking the excitement of Jacks Fork River’s gravel bars or the serene escape of Niangua River’s lush surroundings, our curated list unveils the best river resorts and float trips, including kayak rentals, shuttle services, and family-friendly accommodations. Discover the perfect place for horseback riding, picnic tables, and inner tube excursions, all while taking in the awe-inspiring sights of bald eagles along the river banks.

As the summer sun shines down on the crystal clear water, these scenic rivers come alive with possibilities, offering the best way to experience Missouri’s natural beauty and captivating charm.

1. Gasconade River

The Gasconade River, spanning about 280 miles from the Ozark region to Gasconade, where it joins the Missouri River, is a scenic waterway flowing through Mark Twain National Forest. Known for its diverse float trip options, it offers both short and long-distance journeys, showcasing the beauty of the Missouri Ozarks.

Resorts & Rentals

Froggy’s River Resort: From camping and RV hook-ups to cabin rentals, this river resort has it all. Froggy’s is located in Richland, Missouri, about an hour away from Springfield. Canoe, raft, and Kayak rentals are available. The resort also has fishing and horseback riding facilities on-site.

Click HERE to make a float trip reservation.

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BSC Outdoors: Boiling Spring Campground is located about half an hour from Rolla in Dixon, Missouri. Whether you choose to Canoe on the Gasconade or float down Big Piney River, this river resort is a great option for family-friendly fun. Life jackets are provided with all rentals, and a complimentary shuttle service will take floaters to and from the river. There is a campground with RV sites as well as cabins available to reserve.

Click HERE to plan your summer getaway with BSC!

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Gasconade Hills Resort: Nestled in the Gasconade region, this resort provides exceptional accommodations and services for a memorable float trip experience.

2. Meramec River

The Meramec River winds through picturesque landscapes, carving a path through the heart of Missouri. With its serene ambiance and crystal-clear waters, the river is a favorite for float trip enthusiasts. It flows past the Meramec Caverns, a popular tourist destination, and offers various float trip options for a relaxing day on the water.

Ozark Outdoors: Located near the Meramec River, Ozark Outdoors offers a range of services and accommodations, making it a great starting point for exploring the river’s charm.

Bass’ River Resorts: Situated along the Meramec River, Bass’ River Resorts offers exceptional facilities and services for an unforgettable float trip adventure.

Meramec River Resort: With its prime location alongside the Meramec River, this resort provides a relaxing atmosphere and various amenities for a memorable stay.

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Click HERE to make a reservation with Meramec River Resort!

3. Huzzah Creek

Huzzah Creek, a tributary of the Meramec River, is known for its gentle current and clear waters. It’s a popular choice for families and beginners, offering a laid-back float trip experience. The creek is located within close proximity to the Meramec River and offers a picturesque setting.

Ozark Outdoors: Situated near Huzzah Creek, Ozark Outdoors provides rental equipment and facilities for a seamless float trip experience.

Bass’ River Resorts: Located close to Huzzah Creek, Bass’ River Resorts offers comfortable accommodations and services, making it an ideal base for a relaxing river adventure.

Huzzah Valley Resort: Nestled along Huzzah Creek, this resort provides a tranquil atmosphere and a range of amenities for a memorable stay.

4. Big Piney River

Flowing through captivating scenery, the Big Piney River provides a tranquil escape for nature lovers. With its inviting waters and limestone bluffs, the river winds its way through the Mark Twain National Forest. It offers a peaceful float trip experience amid the beauty of the Ozarks.

BSC Outdoors : This is the perfect place for family float trips on one of the most scenic rivers in Missouri. Life jackets are provided with all rentals, and a complimentary shuttle service will take floaters to and from the river. There is a campground with RV sites as well as cabins available to reserve. BSC Outdoors is located about half an hour from Rolla.

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Click HERE to make a reservation with BSC!

Wilderness Ridge Resort: Situated along the banks of the Big Piney River, this resort provides comfortable accommodations and a variety of amenities for a relaxing stay.

5. North Fork River

The North Fork River, connecting to the larger White River that eventually flows into Arkansas, showcases pristine waters and breathtaking landscapes. It offers excellent trout fishing opportunities and provides a serene setting for float trips, surrounded by the natural beauty of southern Missouri.

Sunburst Ranch : Nestled near the North Fork River, Sunburst Ranch offers well-curated float trips and facilities for a memorable river adventure.

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Click HERE to make a reservation with Sunburst Ranch!

River of Life Farm : Located along the North Fork River, this resort provides a peaceful atmosphere and various accommodations, making it an ideal spot for a relaxing float trip getaway.

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Click HERE to plan your trip to River of Life Farm!

6. Jacks Fork River

The Jacks Fork River is a tributary of the Current River and is renowned for its clear, spring-fed waters. Flowing through the Ozarks, it offers fantastic opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and camping. The Jacks Fork is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, preserving its natural beauty.

Harvey’s Alley Spring: Situated near the Jacks Fork River, this resort offers well-planned float trips and facilities for an immersive river experience.

Jack’s Fork Canoe Rental & Campground: Located along the Jacks Fork River, this resort provides a range of services and rental equipment for a memorable float trip adventure.

Windy’s Floats: With a prime location along the Jacks Fork River, Windy’s Floats offers exceptional amenities and accommodations for a relaxing stay.

7. Niangua River

The Niangua River meanders through picturesque landscapes, offering a tranquil and scenic escape. It’s a popular destination for family-friendly float trips, showcasing the beauty of the Ozarks. The river is surrounded by lush forests and provides a relaxing atmosphere for outdoor enthusiasts.

Adventures Float Trips: Located near the Niangua River, Adventures Float Trips offers a variety of float trip options, allowing visitors to enjoy the river’s charm and tranquility.

Niangua River Oasis: Situated along the Niangua River, this resort provides comfortable accommodations and rental equipment for an enjoyable float trip experience.

RiverFront Campground & Canoe Rental : Nestled close to the Niangua River, RiverFront offers exceptional facilities and amenities, making it an ideal base for exploring the river’s beauty.

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Click HERE to make a reservation with Riverfront Campground & Canoe Rental!

8. Eleven Point River

The Eleven Point River is a designated National Wild and Scenic River, known for its exceptional water quality and untouched beauty. Flowing through the Mark Twain National Forest, it offers a pristine environment for canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife observation.

Hufstedler’s: Located near the Eleven Point River, Hufstedler’s offers curated float trips and accommodations, allowing visitors to connect with the river’s natural beauty.

Richard’s Canoe Rental: Situated along the Eleven Point River, this resort provides rental equipment and services for a memorable float trip adventure.

9. Elk River

The Elk River boasts a picturesque setting with clear waters and stunning bluffs. Flowing through the southwestern part of the state, it provides excellent opportunities for fishing, swimming, and floating. The Elk River is a popular destination for water-based recreation, attracting visitors seeking a peaceful retreat.

River Ranch Resort: Located alongside the Elk River, River Ranch Resort offers a range of accommodations and services, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable float trip adventure.

Elk River Floats: Situated near the Elk River, this resort provides rental equipment and facilities for a seamless river experience.

Big Elk Floats & Camping : Nestled along the banks of the Elk River, this resort offers a tranquil atmosphere and a variety of amenities for a memorable stay.

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Click HERE to book directly with Big Elk Floats & Camping!

10. James River

The James River flows through southwest Missouri, offering a serene and scenic escape. With its limestone bluffs and clear waters, the river is a favorite for canoeing and kayaking. It provides a peaceful journey through the Ozark countryside and is known for its family-friendly float trip options.

James River Canoe Rental: Located near the James River, this resort provides rental equipment and services for a relaxing float trip experience.

James River Outfitters: Situated along the James River, this resort offers a range of amenities and accommodations, ensuring a comfortable stay and enjoyable float trip.

Camp Tomahawk : Nestled close to the James River, Camp Tomahawk provides exceptional facilities and services, making it an ideal destination for a memorable river adventure.

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Click HERE to plan your trip with Camp Tomahawk!

11. Black River

Flowing through the southeastern part of the state, the Black River offers a unique and serene float trip experience. Surrounded by forested landscapes, the river provides opportunities for relaxation and exploration, showcasing the natural beauty of the Missouri Bootheel.

Black River Campground: Nestled near the Black River, this resort offers comfortable accommodations and amenities for a peaceful float trip getaway.

Franklin Floats: Situated along the Black River, Franklin Floats provides rental equipment and services for an enjoyable river adventure.

Jeff’s Canoe Rentals: Located close to the Black River, this resort offers a range of amenities and accommodations for a memorable stay.

12. Current River

The Current River is one of Missouri’s most iconic rivers, cherished for its stunning springs, clear waters, and remarkable beauty. Flowing through the Ozarks, it offers opportunities for floating, fishing, and camping. The Current River is a part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, ensuring its preservation for generations to come.

Harvey’s Alley Spring: Situated near the Current River, this resort provides exceptional facilities and services for a memorable float trip adventure.

Windy’s Floats: Located along the Current River, Windy’s Floats offers rental equipment and amenities for an enjoyable float trip experience.

Two Rivers Canoe Rental: Nestled near the confluence of the Current River and the Jacks Fork River, this resort offers comfortable accommodations and services for a relaxing stay.

Jadwin Canoe Rental: Located along the Current River, Jadwin Canoe Rental provides rental equipment and services for a seamless float trip adventure.

The Landing: Situated close to the Current River, The Landing offers a range of facilities and accommodations for a memorable river getaway.

In the heart of the Show-Me State, where scenic rivers weave their tales through Mark Twain National Forest, a world of natural beauty and adventure awaits. From the serene Elk River to the vibrant James River, Missouri’s waterways offer a plethora of experiences. Engage in horseback riding along the lush river banks or bask in the clear waters of natural springs, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

As summer weekends draw near, these picturesque landscapes beckon, promising a perfect blend of tranquility and excitement. So, gather your life jackets and embark on a day float trip through the crystal-clear Black River, or embrace the captivating charm of the Current River Canoe Rental.

Amidst towering limestone bluffs and historic landmarks, Missouri’s rivers, teeming with wildlife and natural wonders, reveal themselves as the ultimate destinations for unforgettable adventures and cherished moments.

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Brookdale Farms logo - Farm Venue - Eureka, MO

Say Ahoy to the Closest Float Trip to St. Louis, Missouri !

Rent rafts or tubes at Eureka Floats at Brookdale Farms

Please review Things to Know Before You Float  prior to making a reservation.

Rafts & tubes: 4-mile route, approximately 3-hour float. .

*Float length can vary an additional 2-3 hours based on river conditions, route, the type of rental, and the frequency of stopping. 

Important to Know:

No Canoes or Kayaks will be available to rent this year. 

DUE TO INSURANCE PURPOSES, ANY FLOATATION DEVICES MUST BE RENTED. NO PERSONAL KAYAKS, CANOES, TUBES, ETC.

Our float trip schedule fills up quickly, so it’s best to book your float in advance.

All reservations must be made online. No walk-ups accepted.

If you can not book a select date, it is because inventory is sold out.

Float Trips are open for Ages 3+ with Parental Supervision.

Ages 3-12 are only available to be passengers in Rafts.​

Ages 13+ can use Rafts & FloatTubes

No refunds once purchased.*

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*Please Note: We monitor the river conditions daily and, if we deem the river level unsafe, we will give as much notice as possible to notify you of the cancellation. If we have to cancel due to river levels, we will work with you to reschedule for another date or offer a refund.

Wed-Thursday: 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm

Fri-Sunday: 9:00am , 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, & 1:30 pm

Once you have completed the online booking for your Float Trip, you will receive an email confirmation verifying your purchase. If you do not receive it, please check your SPAM folder.

If you never receive it call us at  636-938-1005  and we will be glad to verify your time.

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Our float trips feature everything Missouri Rivers have to offer! Beautiful views, clear swimming holes, gravel beaches, and fishing!

Eureka Floats at Brookdale Farms is a fantastic way to spend a carefree day on one of Missouri’s greatest float trip rivers! 

We offer a 4-mile float Wednesday through Sunday, May through September. The route is typically 2-3 hours to float depending on river conditions and frequency of stops.

Our stretch of the Meramec River offers a couple of great gravel bars, a few sparkling swimming holes, gorgeous bluffs, and fascinating wildlife on the land, in the air, and in the water! 

We love our picturesque float trip routes - but don’t take our word for it! See what our floaters have to say!

Eureka floats at brookdale farms is st. louis missouri’s best kept float trip secret..

Our glorious piece of the Meramec River is not over-crowded like many of the float trip excursions sprinkled across the Ozarks. We’re the only float company on our waterway! 

Hands down we offer THE most convenient float trip in Missouri. We’re close to everything! Six Flags is minutes away and the Gateway Arch is only 30 miles away. You can float by day, and enjoy all St. Louis has to offer in the evening – like our famous eateries, or the best team in baseball - the St. Louis Cardinals, or even catch our Stanley Cup winning Blues! 

Come experience a day on the water with us! All the fun – none of the fuss! 

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Our Float Trips are Perfect for Everyone!

Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or someone who just likes to cool off and relax on a hot summer day, we have the perfect float trip for you.

When you’re looking for an activity for a short family excursion, a family reunion, a group outing, a corporate event , a bachelor or bachelorette party, or any celebration – our quiet piece of the Meramec River will ensure you have a great time and make memories to last a lifetime!

Your crew will be able to comfortably, and happily, relax on your trip down the scenic Meramec River with Eureka Floats at Brookdale Farms.

We believe we offer the best float trip in St. Louis, and probably even in Missouri. But don’t take our word for it – see what floaters have to say!

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  • Elk River Floats
  • Elk River Campground
  • Elk River Cabins
  • Things To Know
  • Reservations

Welcome to Trestle Park

Elk River Campground & Elk River Cabins

Float The Elk River

Rafts, Canoes, Kayaks, & Tubes

Stay In Our Cabins

Camp along the elk river.

Tent Sites & RV Sites

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The original Elk River Floats location, Trestle Park, is a beautiful 30 acres, and home to Elk River Campground, and the Elk River Cabins. We offer scenic Elk River float trips, riverfront cabins & vacation rentals, RV hookups, electric & primitive tent camping, and day passes for the Swim Beach. We are located on the banks of the Elk River in Ginger Blue, Missouri between Noel and Pineville.

Float the Elk River in Noel, Ginger Blue, & Pineville, MO

Elk river float trips.

Our portion of the Elk River ranges from Class I to Class II, making it ideal for first-time floaters and those looking to kick back and relax with friends. The Elk River offers beautiful views and shallow swimming areas. There are also several gravel bars, perfect for picnics and snapping photos with friends.

FLOAT TRIP ROUTES

Noel river float trips, trestle bridge float trips.

Our most popular float trip starting at Trestle Park in Ginger Blue and floating to Wayside Campground in Noel. This relaxing 6 mile float trip is fed by three creeks and is open all season long.

A scenic 6 mile float trip starting at Kozy Kamp in Pineville and floating to Trestle Park in Ginger Blue, with many nice bluffs featured along the way. This float is fed by two creeks making it seasonal.

THE 12 MILE FLOAT TRIP

Looking for an adventure? The 12 Mile Float Trip is for our paddle enthusiast, those that might not be here to relax, but more for exercise and sport. Available to Canoes & Kayaks Only .

BOAT RENTALS

Stay on the elk river in noel - ginger blue, mo, campsites & cabins along the elk river.

Trestle Park is home to Elk River Campground and the Elk River Cabins. We offer 30 AMP electric & water RV sites, electric tent sites, primitive tent sites, cabins & vacation rentals. Our property features easy river access from our swim beach. 

CAMPING & ACCOMMODATIONS

Discover trestle park on the elk river, welcome to elk river floats & trestle park.

Escape the hustle of everyday life and come relax and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Elk River. Reconnect with yourself, with nature, or with friends around the campfire. The crystal clear waters of the Elk River and its tributaries have carved massive bluffs and karst features into our rugged landscape. The best way to see the beauty is in a boat. Our float trips range in size from a relaxing half day length (6 miles) to an adventurous full day length (12 miles). Elk River offers plenty of gravel bars, swimming holes, and some of the best small mouth bass fishing in the Ozark Region. So plan your Elk River trip today and experience the quintessential Ozark adventure found at Elk River Floats & Resort of the Ozarks.

Elk River Floats & Resort of the Ozarks offers several locations along the Elk River. Trestle Park is one of our Ginger Blue locations, the end point for our Trestle Bridge Float Trip, the launch point for the Noel River Float trip, and the midway point for The 12 Mile Float Trip.

Trestle Park offers campsites at Elk River Campground, a grass and gravel campground with shallow swimming areas from our large swim beach along the waters edge. We have 30 AMP electric and water RV sites, electric tent sites, and primitive tent sites. Trestle park offers accommodations at the Elk River Cabins, a group of riverfront cabins & vacation rentals with communal swim dock, fire pit, pavilion, and small swimming pool, available for a weekend getaway on the Elk River. See all of our locations below.

ELK RIVER FLOATS & RESORT OF THE OZARKS LOCATIONS MAP

Elk river floats & resort of the ozarks locations, stay at off the deep end.

Cabins & Vacation Rentals on the banks of the Elk River.

Camp at Wayside

Gravel Bar Peninsula Campground with RV sites, electric tent sites, and primitive sites.

Stay at Ginger Blue

Stay at trestle park.

Cabins & Vacation Rentals close to and along the Elk River.

Home to Elk River Campground and the Elk River Cabins, with the gravel bar beach next to the Low Water Bridge.

Camp at Eagles Nest

The Family Campground of the Elk River, with two gravel bar swim beaches, this 40 acres won't disappoint.

Stay at Kozy Kamp

Grass Campground at the start of the Elk River offering RV sites, electric tent sites, camping huts, and shallow swimming areas.

WARNING: Under Missouri law, an outfitter is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in paddle sport activities resulting from the inherent risks of paddle sport activities pursuant to the Revised Statutes of Missouri. Chapter 537 RSMO revised to 537.327 

Elk River Floats & Trestle Park

435 Elk Springs Road, Noel, Missouri 64854, United States

(417) 475-3561

Copyright © 2023 Elk River Floats & Trestle Park - All Rights Reserved.

Elk River Floats & Resort of the Ozarks

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Off The Deep End sits on a limestone bluff just above the water‘s surface, offering both Noel Riverfront Cabins and Vacation Rentals with direct access to the Elk River. The property features a club house, a large fire pit area, and a limestone dock on the riverbank. This property offers the very best in Elk River Lodging and is located in Noel, MO. The entire property can be rented for events or retreats. After check-in kick back and relax, because Elk River Floats will pick you up for your float trip and take you right back to your cabin, no driving necessary. See our availability below.

Accommodations

The house & loft, the old log cabin.

$1200 - 20 people

A spacious two bedroom two bathroom house and a cabin-style loft all with riverfront patio and river view deck. 

Cabins 1, 2 & 3

$275 - 6 people

These cabin-style units offer cozy accommodations and all the property perks.

$200 - 4 people

The original log house is a cabin-style unit with all the modern perks and a pioneer feel.

Elk River Float Trips

Float the elk river in noel, ginger blue, & pineville, mo, elk river float trips.

Our portion of the Elk River ranges from Class I to Class II, making it ideal for first-time floaters and those looking to kick back and relax with friends. The Elk River offers beautiful views and shallow swimming areas. There are also several gravel bars, perfect for picnics and snapping photos with friends.

FLOAT TRIP ROUTES

Noel river float trip, the 12 mile float trip.

Our most popular float trip starting at Trestle Park in Ginger Blue and floating to Wayside Campground in Noel. This relaxing six mile float trip is fed by three creeks and is open all season long.

Looking for an adventure? The 12 Mile Float Trip is for our paddle enthusiast, those that might not be here to relax, but more for exercise and sport. Available to Canoes & Kayaks Only .

BOAT RENTALS

The club house, the brick grill.

The Club House features a pool table, a foosball table, bar seating, a kitchen, and a restroom.

A limestone dock with stairs for river access and great swimming.

The Fire Pit

A large stone fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows and hotdogs on lazy nights under the stars.

A large brick grill located in the front yard.

Property Map

Discover off the deep end on the elk river, welcome to off the deep end cabins.

Escape the hustle of everyday life and come relax and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Elk River. Reconnect with yourself, with nature, or with friends around the campfire. The crystal clear waters of the Elk River and its tributaries have carved massive bluffs and karst features into our rugged landscape. The best way to see the beauty is in a boat. Our float trips range in size from a relaxing half day length (6 miles) to an adventurous full day length (12 miles). Elk River offers plenty of gravel bars, swimming holes, and some of the best small mouth bass fishing in the Ozark Region. So plan your Elk River trip today and experience the quintessential Ozark adventure found at Elk River Floats & Resort of the Ozarks.

Elk River Floats & Resort of the Ozarks offers several locations along the Elk River. Off The Deep End is our Noel lodging location and close to Wayside, our end point for our Noel River Float Trip and The 12 Mile Float Trip. Off The Deep End sits on a limestone bluff just above the water's surface, offering both Noel Riverfront Cabins and Vacation Rentals with direct access to the Elk River, a club house, a large fire pit area, and a limestone dock on the riverbank, available for a weekend getaway on the Elk River. See all of our locations below.

ELK RIVER FLOATS & RESORT OF THE OZARKS LOCATIONS MAP

Elk river floats & resort of the ozarks locations, stay at off the deep end.

Cabins & Vacation Rentals on the banks of the Elk River.

Camp at Wayside

Gravel Bar Peninsula Campground with RV sites, electric tent sites, and primitive sites.

Stay at Ginger Blue

Stay at trestle park.

Cabins & Vacation Rentals close to and along the Elk River.

Home to Elk River Campground and the Elk River Cabins, with the gravel bar beach next to the Low Water Bridge.

Camp at Eagles Nest

The Family Campground of the Elk River, with two gravel bar swim beaches, this 40 acres won't disappoint.

Stay at Kozy Kamp

Grass Campground at the start of the Elk River offering RV sites, electric tent sites, camping huts, and shallow swimming areas.

 WARNING: Under Missouri law, an outfitter is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in paddle sport activities resulting from the inherent risks of paddle sport activities pursuant to the Revised Statutes of Missouri. Chapter 537 RSMO revised to 537.327 

Off The Deep End Cabins

319 Park Street, Noel, Missouri 64854, United States

(417) 475-3230

Copyright © 2024 Off The Deep End Cabins - All Rights Reserved.

Elk River Floats & Resort of the Ozarks

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10 Best Float Trips In Missouri – Escape to Nature

  • Adelaide Gentry
  • April 13, 2023

Escape to Nature

Missouri (MO) is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. The state is known for its diverse landscape, which includes the Ozark and the Appalachian Mountains, the Mississippi River, and the Great Plains. It is also one of the most easily recognizable states in all of the USA, both by name and by the shape of its border.

Missouri has a rich history and was home to several indigenous peoples before the European colonization took place. It was explored by French traders and later became a part of the United States, first as a territory and then as a full state. Missouri played a significant role in the American Civil War and was the site of several key battles that changed its trajectory. The largest city is Missouri, both by population (508,090 city, 2,392,035 metropolitan) and area (318.80 square miles). The capital of MO is Jefferson City.

Today, the modern state of Missouri is a diverse and thriving place with a strong economy. It is home to many major industries that include agriculture, manufacturing, and healthcare. The state is also home to many colleges and universities, including Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri. The state has several major sports teams that make the state proud. These include Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), Kansas City Royals (MLB), St. Louis Cardinals (MLB), and Sporting Kansas City (MLS).

Missouri is known for its rich cultural heritage, which includes a few big festivals and events that celebrate the state’s history and traditions. The state is also home to landmarks and attractions, including the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum in Independence.

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Kayaking in Missouri

River Missouri

Missouri is home to a variety of kayaking spots, including both calm and more challenging waterways. It is important to note that these kayaking spots may have more challenging sections that may not be suitable for all paddlers, so it is important to be aware of your skill level and take appropriate precautions. Additionally, it is always a good idea to check the weather forecast and water conditions before heading out on the water and to follow proper safety guidelines. Some of the best kayaking spots in the state include:

1. The Missouri River

We have to address the elephant in the room first before talking about anything else. The Missouri River is the longest in North America and is a major tributary of the Mississippi River. It flows from western Montana through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri, before emptying into the Mississippi River in Illinois.

The Missouri River has a lot of important cultural and historical significance. It played a key role in the exploration and settlement of the American West, and many important American cities, including Omaha, Kansas City, and St. Louis, were founded along its banks. Today, the Missouri River is a popular spot for recreational activities such as rafting, fishing, and kayaking. It is home to a variety of wildlife, including fish, birds, and mammals.

In addition to its recreational and ecological importance, the Missouri River is also an important economic resource. It is used for transportation, irrigation, and the generation of hydroelectric power. However, the river has also faced several environmental challenges, including pollution and the construction of dams and other development that has disrupted the natural water flow.

2. Big Sugar Creek

Big Sugar Creek is a stream located in southwest Missouri that is known for its clear water and beautiful scenery. The creek is surrounded by forests and offers a mix of calm and more challenging stretches, making it suitable for paddlers of different skill levels .

3. Black River

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The tributary of the White River, the Black River is very popular for kayakers who want to take it easy and go for some lighthearted, recreational paddling. It is mostly calm for its entire run with only a few short challenging stretches. As is the case with everything in MO, the river is surrounded in forests with many shallow stretches perfect for a dip.

4. Current River

The not-so-imaginatively-named Current River is another river in this water-rich state, popular for various water activities including canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Located in the Ozarks, it needs no introduction in terms of natural beauty and photo opportunities. The water itself has a nice mix of calm and steady floats and more challenging stretches for the pros. The river is surrounded by forests throughout its length.

5. Gasconade River

Gasconade River

This is a popular spot for kayaking and offers a mix of calm and more challenging stretches. The river is surrounded by forests and features a number of sandbars and other natural features that are popular with paddlers.

6. Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks is a large man-made lake located in central Missouri that is a popular spot for kayaking. The lake offers a mix of east and rough stretches and is surrounded by forests and majestic views. Due to the popularity of the Ozark Mountains, the lake enjoys a lot of tourists as well.

7. Stockton Lake

Stockton Lake

This large lake in southwestern Missouri is a popular destination for boating, fishing, and other recreational activities. It offers a mixture of challenging and calm areas, making it great for beginners and veterans alike. Rentals are available throughout and the lake is home to a wide variety of fauna.

8. Meramec River

A tributary of the Mississippi River, it flows through eastern Missouri. It is known for its clear water and beautiful scenery and is a popular spot for paddling, fishing, and other recreational activities. The river is surrounded by forests and features a number of sandbars and other natural features that are popular with paddlers.

9. Niangua River

This is a tributary of the Osage River that flows through central Missouri. Very clear and scenic, it is a popular spot for all sorts of recreational and sports activities including kayaking. The river runs next to beautiful forests and sandbars popular with water-based sports enjoyers.

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Sunburst Ranch is located on a beautiful stretch of the North Fork River in Missouri. With over a mile of riverfront, you can bring your own inflatable devices and take a nice float without ever leaving the campground.

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“The people who run this place are always so friendly. The campground has changed a little bit since they got washed out by the flood last year (2017), but they are rebuilding beautifully. I can’t wait to continue camping here and see how amazing the new trees become in the next 10-15 years. Campground is almost exclusively sand and grass. The bathrooms and showers are fastidiously clean. We always enjoy our stays here."

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Now that you’ve been on several float trips, have minimized the number of tip-overs, and have traveled the same five or ten miles of the river over and over again, it’s time to up the ante. It’s time to challenge yourself and make the river fresh again.

One way of accomplishing this is to do a multi-day trip in which you have to camp out along the way. Start small with an overnight float trip and work your way up to lengthier trips camping out several days along the way. A twenty mile trip is a good place to start. Do ten or twelve miles the first day, camp out and finish the rest of the trip on the second.

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A two man pop up tent packs small and is plenty big enough for an overnight stay. Wrap sleeping bags in the ground tarp and then with two trash bags for added protection against getting wet. There’s nothing worse or heavier than a wet sleeping bag. If you’re only staying one night, use the extra plastic bag for trash the next day since it won’t matter if the sleeping bag gets damp or wet then. Always take your trash with you and leave the river area cleaner than you found it.

Wherever you decide to place your campsite, add another three or four feet from the river to that distance. Floating rivers tend to raise quickly from rain storms upstream. You don’t want to wake up in the river the next morning. For the same reason, pull your canoe totally out of the river onto the gravel or sand bar. In addition, tie it to a tree with a length of rope to prevent getting stranded.

If the idea of an overnight camp out sounds fun, but the preparation does not, contact one of the many canoe rental businesses to see if they offer overnight camping setups. Let them do the work of pitching camp while you enjoy paddling down the river. When you arrive at a pre-designated location, everything will be ready and waiting.

Catch your dinner while floating, cook it over a bed of hot coals at the campsite, and enjoy the beauty, peace, and freedom of a camping on the river.

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Will– Great read! This has inspired me to plan a spring float trip already! Do you have any places in particular that offer the service of setting up camp for us? Or just to let us stop and camp? Also, what would be the best rivers/creeks to float on for a 4 day trip? Looking for somewhere in southcentral Missouri or southeast, but we are not too picky– will travel if ya worth our while!

Hope to hear back & thank you in advance, Elizabeth Swyers

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The 44-Mile Long Lazy River In Missouri Where You’ll Find Us All Summer Long

I n a state infamous for the muddy Mississippi, discovering a pristine, blue, lazy river in Missouri to spend your summer days might be a pleasant surprise. What makes this lazy river special is how untouched it feels by commercial development and tourism. There are numerous public access points and designated float camps where you can stay on the river. While you may encounter pockets of fellow floaters on the Eleven Point River , the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System classifies this gem as a “low-use” river, ensuring a serene experience.

On the 44-mile Missouri portion of the Eleven Point River, you can put in at up to 11 designated sites. There are also seven float camps, primarily accessible by boat.

Most travelers stay in nearby campgrounds like the ones at Hufstedlers or in small towns like West Plains, Missouri. Why not book your whole stay with Hufstedlers for your watercraft rental and take advantage of their camping and cabin offerings? You are definitely going to need some quality gear for your personal use, whether you want to use their equipment or not. This area of Missouri is rural, so come prepared! If you’ve ever floated down this lazy river in Missouri, share your experience with us in the comments. 

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    6. Lake of the Ozarks. Lake of the Ozarks is a large man-made lake located in central Missouri that is a popular spot for kayaking. The lake offers a mix of east and rough stretches and is surrounded by forests and majestic views. Due to the popularity of the Ozark Mountains, the lake enjoys a lot of tourists as well. 7.

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