The Upper Meramec and its tributaries have floating
conditions that can vary widely, and offer something for everyone, but
first and foremost it must be said that IT'S ALL GOOD! WE RECOMMEND
THAT YOU CHECK IT ALL OUT AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF WHICH AREA YOU PREFER
The waters of the Courtois Creek are crystal
clear, very cold and shallow, but still floatable, especially in the
spring and midsummer months, before the water levels recede in late
summer. It is a truly beautiful stream with gravel bars, woods and fields
making up the majority of the scenery and a few rock bluffs along the
way, plus, no matter how hot it gets, a few minutes in the water will
cool you wonderfully. Although the stream is "officially"
called a creek, it is indeed a great deal more than the stereotypical
idea of what most people probably envision a creek to be, and it should
not be overlooked. Bass'
River Resort is located right on the Courtois and offers state of
the art camping and lodging facilities as well as numerous Courtois
and Meramec float trips in canoes, rafts, kayaks or tubes, plus horseback
The Huzzah Creek is significantly larger and
deeper than the Courtois, and very similarly beautiful, the water is
still quite cold and clear. The Huzzah is quite floatable except for
some of the upper portions in late summer. Gravel bars, woods and fields
make up much of the the scenery, with a few beautiful rock bluffs scattered
along its course, and like the Courtois, a few minutes in the water
will cool you wonderfully. Also, like the Courtois, the Huzzah is "officially"
called a creek, but is indeed a great deal more than the stereotypical
idea of what most people probably envision a creek to be, and should
definitely be experienced. Huzzah
Valley Resort is located right on the Huzzah and offers state of
the art camping and lodging facilities as well as numerous Huzzah and
Meramec float trips in canoes, rafts, kayaks or tubes, plus horseback
The Upper Meramec itself is much larger and deeper,
not quite as clear but still very clean, cool and refreshing, yet you
can spend the entire day in the water without hypothermia setting in.
Except for a few high-water/flooding events in the spring time, excellent
floating conditions exist all season. Gravel bars abound as do woods
and fields and many huge and stunningly picturesque rock bluffs exist.
The 10 mile section of the river from Leasburg (Onondaga) to Bourbon
has the largest bluffs and is by far the most picturesque float trip
one could take.
is located at Leasburg and offers state of the
art camping and lodging facilities as well as numerous Huzzah and Meramec
float trips ending at the resort, in canoes, rafts, kayaks or tubes.
is located near Campbell Bridge and offers moderately priced yet comfortable
lodging and many campsites right on the river bank. They will float
you from Onondaga or above back down to their campground.
Blue Springs Ranch Resort offers state of the art facilities (especially
cabins), is located at Bourbon and offers floating in canoes, rafts,
kayaks or tubes from Leasburg or Campbell bridge to the resort, plus
horseback trail rides.
Arapaho Campground and Canoe Rental is located at Sullivan and offers
very reasonably priced RV and Tent Camping and floats from Sappington
Bridge and Meramec State Park to the campground in canoes, rafts, or
tubes and requires a much shorter drive from St. Louis.
If you just want to spend a day floating on the river without camping
or lodging AND SAVE MONEY then Good
Times Floats located at Sullivan is an excellent choice, enjoy the
river with a shorter drive from St. Louis AND the lowest boat rental