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Historic Upper Meramec rIverfront family campground offering kayak, canoe, & raft float trips, RV & tent camping, rustic motel & lodge cabins, & group packages. A new unique lodging alternative is a painted tipi, with bunkbeds & portable AC, on a wooded site with water & electricity.
For decades Indian Springs has been a gathering place for families to create memories near the clear gentle waters & reliable flow of the spring-fed Upper Meramec River in a picturesque niche of the Ozark foothills. Located 1.5 hours from St. Louis and 2 hours from Springfield, Missouri, Indian Springs is close enough to I-44 for convenience, yet takes you “away enough” to experience the beautiful sounds of nature by the river.
Floating & lodging discounts are available on most weekdays. The motel & lodge cabins accommodate 2-11 guests, with some adjoining, & have access to outdoor grills, fire rings, & picnic tables. Newly renovated, the rock annex to the original lodge, Little Wolf, is now available with a kitchenette, & features a porch where you can enjoy the sights & sounds of the spring below. The caretaker’s house, Standing Bear, has a full kitchen & is available for 11 guests. Additional cabins have mini refrigerators. All cabins have screened porches. All lodging has A/C, includes bedding & towels, & is within walking distance of the river. The campground & shower house are by the river, with tent & RV sites having the option of water & electricity.
Float trips transport guests six & a half miles upstream, & guests float back to Indian Springs campground. Fishing is another popular activity, especially for trophy small mouth bass and trophy trout. Many enjoy time in the river’s shallow water near the campground.
Young guests also enjoy exploring the creek that runs through the campground. A camp store is in the center, convenient for campground & lodging guests. Meal packages can be arranged by prior reservation for groups in the dining hall. All guests have access to the Saturday night fish fry on the deck, & Sunday morning pancake breakfast in the dining hall during the summer, & the playground, spring, horseshoes, tetherball, volleyball, & swimming pool.
Indian Springs Family Resort is ideal for retreats and family reunions, offering a variety of different camping & lodging options, while still keeping everyone close for gathering as a group. Our goal is to provide guests with a memorable outdoor adventure in a family-friendly environment that will be shared for generations.