Camping, Canoeing Go Hand in Hand in Missouri

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Campgrounds & RV Sites , camping , canoe rental , Canoeing and Floating Facilities , canoeing outfitters , floating , rafting / floating
Enjoy these Missouri campgrounds with convenient access to amazing rivers and streams that allow for fun float trips and adventurous canoeing
Author: Stephen Foutes
There are many things that work well when paired together. In Missouri, a few of the obvious ones are Lewis and Clark, barbecue and wet wipes, Route 66 and road trips, and summer and vacation.

You might add camping and canoeing to that list, too. Especially as summer approaches.

With dozens of crystal-clear rivers and streams ideal for float trips (whether that's a canoe, kayak, raft or tube) and abundant campsites near those bodies of water, pairing the two is a great way to enjoy a Missouri adventure.

Please note, due to heavy rains and flooding in spring of 2017, some campgrounds and canoe outfitters may have limited services. Visitors should call ahead to verify availability.

Here's a quick look at some of the Missouri campgrounds that offer convenient river/stream access and shops where you can rent everything you need for a fun day, weekend or week on the water.

Boiling Spring Campground, Dixon: Offers RV and tent-camping sites, plus canoe rentals and service on the Big Piney and Gasconade rivers. Anglers take note: Boiling Spring rents johnboats for fishing trips.
One Eyed Willy's Canoe Rental and Campground, Lebanon: Pitch your tent, bring your RV, stay in one of the cabins or utilize one of their larger lodging options, such as Ray's Roost, which sleeps six. Float trips from one to eight miles are on the Niangua River.
Washington State Park Campground, DeSoto: Along with RV and tent-camping sites, this state park has an outdoor pool and playground for visitors to use. When it's time for your float trip, choose from a three-mile or seven-mile outing on the Big River (arranged through Thunderbird Lodge). Kayaks, canoes, tubes and rafts are available.
Huzzah Valley Resort Campgrounds, Steelville: Offers a variety of lodging choices, from tent camping to whole-house rentals, along with a playground and equestrian facilities. Float trips are on the Huzzah, Courtois and Meramec rivers.
Beaver Creek Campground, Cabins and Canoe Rental, Ava: This secluded campground has rustic campsites and a limited number of RV sites, along with three cabins for visitors. Float trips on Beaver Creek range from five to 22 miles. Note this campground is located about 20 miles west of Ava.
Shady Beach Campground and Floats, Pineville: Ideal for groups, Shady Beach offers house rentals (along with traditional camping options) including the Elk River House, which sleeps 22 people. If you are with a group, float options include renting rafts that accommodate four to 12 people. The campground has about a quarter mile of Elk River frontage, and there's an on-site zipline ride for guests.
Eminence Canoes, Cottages and Camp, Eminence: Offers a variety of camping sites, for RVs and tent campers, plus cabins. The campground works with several local outfitters to provide float-trip options on the Current and Jacks Fork rivers.
Blue Springs Ranch, Bourbon: A fun getaway with a little bit of everything, you can camp, stay in cabins, ride ziplines and go for a trail ride at this country escape. Located on the Upper Meramec River, float trips also are part of the fun.
Crows Creek Park, Smithville: With more than 400 campsites (both tent and RV) available, this is one of northwest Missouri's larger campgrounds. And while it doesn't provide access to a river or stream for floating, it is on Smithville Lake, which is a popular destination for water recreation.
Lewis and Clark State Park Campground, Rushville: Basic camping sites and sites with electric hookups are available. The park boasts large sites that make it easier to maneuver RVs and fifth wheels. Guests may fish on Lewis and Clark Lake.

These are just a few of the places to find great campgrounds in close proximity to rivers and streams - and outfitters who can make sure you have the proper equipment for a fun and successful float trip.

Learn more about Missouri's canoe outfitters at the Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association website, and the state's privately owned campgrounds at the Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds website. Details on camping in Missouri State Parks are found at MoStateParks.com.




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