What makes a good outfitter/resort?
There are numerous valid answers
to that question;
clean-safe-comfortable facilities, competent -courteous employees,
timely schedules and services, quality crafts and equipment, but
from the Monitor's point of view it can all be summed up in one word,
The best resort will train staff
to respect ALL guests equally and instill two-way policies/regulations
which also require guests to have that same respect for staff, property,
the environment and each other.
I personally have worked for and with numerous Meramec River Outfitters
for 30 years, in that time I built many of the trailers you see out
there on the roads hauling canoes, rafts and kayaks around. I personally
have put-in and taken-out tens of thousands of floaters and driven
every kind of vehicle involved.
Throughout that time I have seen/witnessed every kind of respect and
disrespect to people, property and the environment imaginable. It
is not my opinion that the vast majority on negative-disrespectful
events involve some sort of inebriation, alcohol or drugs, it is an
Many years ago behaviors on the river were basically "anything
goes" but those days are long gone, the Missouri Water Patrol
is present, watching and ticketing, many behaviors that were once
acceptable are no longer so, learn the rules/regulations
OUR "BEST OUTFITTER" PICK.
There are many great outfitters servicing the Meramec River,
we suggest you try them all and make your own determination as to
which you prefer yourself. Our own pick as to the all around best
is unquestionably Blue
Springs Ranch, Bourbon, MO. They service exclusively
the most picturesque stretch of the river, the quality of their
facilities and service is as good as it gets, and they are a truly
family oriented resort requiring mutual respect all around.