Boating and Floating Fun

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Whether on the river or lake, there are plenty of great Missouri float trip destinations offering a great way to cool down.
Author: Hoffman Lewis
Cool Down on Missouri Float Trips and at the Lake

Want to heat up your summer itinerary while cooling down on a lake or river? There are plenty of rivers and lakes in the Midwest, but choose to set sail for Missouri, where water sports are synonymous with warm-weather fun. From one of the largest, most fun lakes in the Midwest to tranquil Missouri float trips, there is something for every outdoor enthusiast in Missouri.

One of the Most Popular Lakes in the Midwest

It may not be one of The Great Lakes, but it is an impressive man made marvel and one of the most popular lakes in the Midwest. The Lake of the Ozarks boasts countless adventures for the family. Skip through the waves on a personal watercraft. Rent a pontoon boat for an afternoon of fun. Make that big catch from the deck of a fishing boat. Enjoy a myriad of activities ranging from golf to shopping, dining to theme parks. With more than 1,100 miles of shoreline, the Lake of the Ozarks offers plenty of room – and plenty of fun – for everyone.

Beautiful Rivers and Lakes in the Midwest

Enjoy the tranquil beauty of Meramec State Park, located six miles outside of Sullivan. Gather a group of friends for a memorable canoe trip on the clear waters of the Meramec River. The park is a perfect home-base for any aquatic adventure, thanks to plentiful campsites, an on-site general store, barbecue grill, cabins and even a motel with a conference center. Anglers, take note: The Meramec River offers great fishing opportunities. If you’d like to explore the land as well as the water, spend some time on the park’s hiking and backpacking trails. 

Get your water-sports fix at lovely Smithville Lake. Located about a half-hour north of downtown Kansas City, this 7,190-acre lake is one of the top lakes in the Midwest for swimming, boating, fishing and sailing. No boat? No problem – two, full-service marinas offer plenty of watercraft rentals. After a great time on the lake, check out the wide range of shoreline activities, including horseback riding, bicycling and golf.

Fantastic Missouri Float Trips

Missouri float trips are always memorable. Embark on a floating adventure down the Black River. Passing through more than 1,700 square miles, this river boasts many opportunities for floating, swimming, fishing, camping and maybe a glimpse an American bald eagle. Among many locations for a Missouri float trip, check out Franklin Floats in Lesterville and explore the Upper Black River. They shuttle you to a launch point and back from your take-out point. Franklin Float facilities include a large campground, so make a weekend of it.

Huzzah River Missouri Float Trips

The Huzzah River is a popular destination for Missouri float trips. You are sure to have a fantastic float at Huzzah Valley Resort in Steelville. Besides the Huzzah River, they can arrange floating on the Courtois River and the Meramec River. Embark on your journey in a canoe, a kayak or on an inner tube – Huzzah Valley Resort will customize your floating adventure to meet your needs. These Missouri float trips can easily be made into a full weekend of fun by camping on the resort’s 2.5 miles of riverfront. Also, breakfast and supper are served at the resort’s dining lodge.

More Missouri Float Trips

Spend a leisurely day on the water, courtesy of a fun Missouri float trips at Washington State Park, 15 minutes south of De Soto. Departing from the park at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m., adventurers can choose between a three-mile and seven-mile trip. Float your way down the Big River in a kayak, inner tube, canoe or multi-person raft.

Admire the extraordinary beauty of the Current River, part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways National Park – the first congressionally designated national park for the preservation of a wild river system. Begin your adventure in Van Buren, where Landing River Store Canoe Outfitters offers Missouri float trips ranging from one-hour to three days. Camping, lodging and an on-site restaurant help turn your trip into a full-fledged getaway. 

There is plenty of adventure to be had at some of the best lakes in the Midwest and on Missouri River float trips down the many streams scattered across the Show-Me State; float trips are not limited to the Meramec, Courtois, Current, Black or Huzzah. Soak in the sun and enjoy a day (how about a weekend?) on the water in Missouri.


 The Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri's most popular lake destination features more than 1,100 miles of shoreline – that’s ...

 Meramec State Park
Meramec State Park, located along the Meramec River, is a favorite with canoeists and fishermen. ...

 Smithville Lake
A 7,190-acre recreational lake for boating, fishing, sailing, and swimming. Facilities include, among ...

 Franklin Floats
One of the oldest canoe outfitters on the Upper Black River. Personal service, custom floats and shuttle ...

 Huzzah Valley Resort
Huzzah Valley Resort offers 2.5 miles of riverfront camping. RV hookups, cabins, a motel, and two farmhouses ...

 Washington State Park
Petroglyphs (rock carvings) left by prehistoric Indians are preserved in this park. Other features include ...

 Ozark National Scenic Riverways - National Park
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is America’s first congressionally designated national park ...

 Landing River Store Canoe Outfitters
One stop destination for tubing, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting the lower Current River. One-hour to ...