Meramec River, Huzzah and Courtois Creek canoeing, rafting, kayaking and tubing float trips.

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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 MOST!

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 trail rides.

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 trail rides.

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.
Ozark Outdoors 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.
Riverview Ranch 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 and a wonderful ZIP LINE!

 

 

Resort Recommendations:
all our float trip resort recommendations are made with the understanding that the most convenient float trips are those that end at the same location as your vehicle, campsite or cabin. Most floaters prefer to be taken upstream to embark and end up (after a day of partying, swimming, fishing or playing on the river) at their vehicle, camp or cabin location. Many resorts however, will put you in almost anywhere you want to go and come and get you at the take-out location. All our recommendations are made without endorsement or compensation from the resorts and do not include all the resorts that exist or offer good services and facilities.

See canoe prices chart below.

A COMPARISON CHART OF KAYAKS AND TUBES PRICES WILL BE FORTHCOMING SOON!

 

"Enjoy and appreciate the river and outdoors, but do so wisely and safely, obey the laws and drink in moderation."

Canoe Prices Comparison Chart*
Canoes on Weekends
Canoes on Weekdays
Adventure Outdoors $40: 1-2 adults, $53 - 3 adults, Aluminum Canoe
$45: 1-2 adults, $58 - 3 adults, Old Town Canoe
N/A
Bass' River Resort $46: 1-2 adults, $69 - 3 adults $38 1-2 adults, $57 - 3 adults (Sun-Thurs)
Birds Nest Lodge $40: 1-2 adults, $50 - 3 adults
N/A
Blue Springs Ranch $42: 1-2 adults, $49 - 3 adults $38 1-2 adults, $45 - 3 adults (Sun-Fri)
$40 1-2 adults, $50 - 3 adults
$35 1-2 adults, $45 - 3 adults (Mon-Fri)
$30 anytime, no 3rd person charge ---'LOWEST'
$30 anytime, no 3rd person charge.
$37.50: 1-2 adults, $47.50 - 3 adults, Aluminum Canoe
$40.00: 1-2 adults, $50.00 - 3 adults, Old Town Canoe
N/A
$46: 1-2 adults, $69 - 3 adults
$38 1-2 adults, $57 - 3 adults (Sun-Fri)
$40: 1-2 adults, $48 - 3 adults
N/A
$36: 1-2 adults, $46 - 3 adults
N/A
$40: 1-2 adults, $45 - 3 adults
N/A
$46: 1-2 adults, $69 - 3 adults, Aluminum Canoe
$50: 1-2 adults, $75 - 3 adults, Old Town Canoe 'HIGHEST'
$35: 1-2 adults, $52.50 - 3 adults, Aluminum Canoe
$46: 1-2 adults, $69.00 - 3 adults, Old Town Canoe
$40: 1-2 adults, $50 - 3 adults
$35: 1-2 adults, $45 - 3 adults
$39: 1-2 adults, $49 - 3 adults
N/A
* The prices listed here are for a standard canoe floating arrangement for adult passengers, and in no way reflect the only fee possibility that may be offered. Most outfitters offer special group rates and a myriad of special package deals which are far too numerous and complicated to be included in this table. We at the Monitor however believe that economy and simplicity go hand in hand, and the best prices are both simple to compute and easy to understand.
* Many outfitters charge less or nothing for children under a certain age as the third person.
* Prices color coding: Green = lowest ($40 or less for 3 adults), Blue = midrange ($50 or less for 3 adults), Red = highest (more than $50 for 3 adults. It is said that "you get what you pay for" in this world, and that is often so very true, but not always. This price chart does not indicate the quality of service you will receive from any of these outfitters at any given time. Equipment breakdowns, employee absence and numerous other events may occur which may affect the quality of service received at any of them on any given day.
* These prices are current and collected from the Outfitter websites as of May 8th, 2010 and are subject to change without notice.
Kayaking, Tubing and Camping charts will be coming soon!

 

 

RAFT Prices Comparison Chart*
RAFTS on Weekends
RAFTS on Weekdays
Adventure Outdoors $25 per person
N/A
Bass' River Resort $33 per person, children $16.50 each $22 per person, children $11.00 each
Birds Nest Lodge $25 per person
N/A
Blue Springs Ranch $30 per person $22 per person
around $20 per person (depending on raft size)
around $15 per person (depending on raft size)
$20 per person
$10 per person
$25 per person
N/A
$33 per person
$22 per person
$25 per person
N/A
$25 per person
N/A
$20 per person if full capacity of persons
$15 per person if full capacity of persons
$33 per person
$22 per person
$21 to $24 per person (depending on raft size)
$12 to $15 per person (depending on raft size)
$25 per person
N/A
* The prices listed here are for a standard floating arrangement for adult passengers with one less than max passenger capacity, and in no way reflect the only fee possibility that may be offered. Most outfitters offer special group rates and a myriad of special package deals which are far too numerous and complicated to be included in this table. We at the Monitor however believe that economy and simplicity go hand in hand, and the best prices are both simple to compute and easy to understand.
* Many outfitters charge less for children under a certain age as the last (full capacity) person.
* Prices color coding: Green = lowest (under $25 per person), Blue = midrange ($25-$30 per person), Red = highest (more than $30 per person). It is said that "you get what you pay for" in this world, and that is often so very true, but not always. This price chart does not indicate the quality of service you will receive from any of these outfitters at any given time. Equipment breakdowns, employee absence and numerous other events may occur which may affect the quality of service received at any of them on any given day.
* These prices are current and collected from the Outfitter websites as of May 8th, 2010 and are subject to change without notice.
Kayaking, Tubing and Camping charts will be coming soon!