Home to Multiple Rivers for Plenty of Summer Water Fun

The Meramec, Gasconade, Bourbeuse, Big Piney, Courtois and Huzzah rivers all run through the St. James region, providing ample opportunities for fishing, canoeing and floating.

Maramec Spring Park

Location: Maramec Spring
Distance from St. James: 5 miles

Information: Maramec Spring Park is one of the most beautiful spots to be found in Missouri, and the Park contains the fifth largest spring in the state. Maramec Spring Park is privately owned and operated by The James Foundation.

The Missouri Department of Conservation stocks the six tenths mile of the fishing stream daily. Fishing at Maramec Spring Park is a relaxing and fun experience for the whole family.

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Fugitive Beach

Fugitive BeachLocation: Rolla
Distance from St. James: 10 miles

Information: The Fugitive Beach is located on a 25 acre Rock Quarry. We offer swimming for all ages, a 60’ waterslide, 15’ and 20’ cliff jumps, sand volleyball, kiddie play area, pavilion rentals, changing rooms, and a beach bar and grill.

$10 per person 11 & older  /   $6 per person 10 & Under
Sunday – Saturday: 10:00-6:00 (May 19-September 4)

*weekends only starting August 20

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Meramec Caverns Canoe Rentals

Location: Stanton
Distance from St. James: 35 miles

Information: Float down the Meramec River in a canoe or raft and see some great river and wildlife scenery. Bring the entire family or your group down for a day or weekend trip. Less than 1 hour west of St. Louis. All Floats will end at Meramec Caverns.

Reservations are recommended for weekends and holidays.

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Blue Springs Ranch

Blue Springs RanchLocation: Bourbon
Distance from St. James: 23 miles

Information: Blue Springs Ranch is a 150 acre resort on the Meramec River offering lodging in a cabin, camping, float trips, trail rides, zip lining & several seasonal events. There is an outdoor adventure for everyone!

Just one hour from St. Louis and Fort Leonard Wood, so you can come down for the day, take a float trip and be back for dinner.

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Arapaho Canoe or Raft Rental

Arapaho CanoeLocation: Sullivan
Distance from St. James: 30 miles

Information: Come enjoy the outdoors this season at Arapaho Campgrounds and Canoe Rental. Float the beautiful Meramec!

  • Riverfront Camping
  • 3 Hour to all day floats
  • Moonlight Floats
  • Group Rates

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Riverview Ranch

Riverview RanchLocation: Bourbon
Distance from St. James: 23 miles

Information: Missouri cabins, riverfront tent camping, RV camping, canoeing, rafting, kayaking and tubing float trips in Missouri on the Meramec River.

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Huzzah Valley Resort

Huzzah Valley ResortLocation: Steelville
Distance from St. James: 17 miles

Information: We have been outfitting trips on the Huzzah, Courtois and Meramec Rivers since 1979. Our resort offers something for everyone with camping, lodging in cabins, canoeing and many other activities to entertain and engage guests of all ages.

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Green’s Canoe Rental & Campground

Green's Canoe RentalLocation: Steelville
Distance from St. James: 17 miles

Information: Float through the trophy trout and bass waters of the Meramac River
We are located just minutes away from the river. Our goal is to make your outdoor adventure an enjoyable & memorable experience.

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Ozark Outdoors Riverfront Resort

Ozark Outdoors FloatingLocation: Leasburg
Distance from St. James: 21 miles

Information: We specialize in water amusement activities and float trips. Floating options include three rivers, the Huzzah, the Courtois, and the beautiful upper Meramec stretch. Choose one or all three. You can enjoy a canoe, raft, kayak, or tube, whatever floats your boat.

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Bass River Resort

Bass River ResortLocation: Steelville
Distance from St. James: 17 miles

Information: Experience the adventure of floating down crystal clear spring-fed Courtois, Huzzah, and the Meramec Rivers. Relax on a solitary sojourn or with a few good friends on a canoe, raft, tube, or kayak. With so many choices of rivers and water craft, you will never want to leave.

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The Rafting Company

The Rafting CoLocation: Steelville
Distance from St. James: 17 miles

Information: Come explore rafting, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, riverfront camping, RVing and lodging on the crystal clear upper Meramec. We have a wide range of activities to make you want to visit us again and again. Discover The Rafting Co. Camping-RV River Resort and its amenities.

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Garrison’s Resort

Garrison's CanoeLocation: Steelville
Distance from St. James: 17 miles

Information: Canoes, rafts, kayaks, or jon boats, we have everything that you could ask for on a fun day out on the river.

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Indian Springs Family Resort

Indian SpringsLocation: Steelville
Distance from St. James: 17 miles

Information: Rafting, canoeing, and kayaking are enjoyed by guests of all ages on a seven mile float that allows guests to end conveniently back at Indian Springs.

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Lucky Clover Resort

Lucky Clover ResortLocation: Steelville
Distance from St. James: 17 miles

Information: Lucky Clover is located in a secluded valley with our own quality fishing lake, excellent camping and great canoeing, rafting kayaking and tubing on the scenic upper Meramec River.

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Murphy’s Place

Murphy's PlaceLocation: Steelville
Distance from St. James: 17 miles

Information: In addition to camping, Murphy’s Place has rafts, kayaks, canoes and tubes available for rent. The float we offer is 5 1/2 miles and ends
back here at Murphy’s Place.

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3 Bridges Raft Rental

3 Bridges RaftLocation: Bourbon
Distance from St. James: 23 miles

Information: 3 Bridges Raft Rental offers a wide range of float trips from Onondaga Cave to Meramec Caverns on high quality rafts, canoes and kayaks.

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Cobblestone Lodge

Cobblestone LodgeLocation: Steelville
Distance from St. James: 17 miles

Information: Cobblestone Lodge is an all-inclusive family resort where you don’t have to worry about the concerns that accompany most vacations. The canoe, raft, and tube floats are also included. We offer two 3-mile float trips daily.

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Adventure Outdoors

Adventure OutdoorsLocation: Steelville
Distance from St. James: 17 miles

Information: Adventure Outdoors furnishes 17′ canoes, two paddles and two seat cushions or life jackets per canoe. Transportation is included in rental fee. If you’re planning to stay overnight and don’t want to take all your gear with you, think about Adventure Outdoors as a base camp.

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Woodson K. Woods Memorial Conservation Area—River Access

Location: St. James
Distance from St. James: Located in St. James

Information: This predominantly forest conservation area, located off Route 8, is one of the most scenic state-owned properties in Missouri. Facilities include a gravel bar boat launch and two permanent streams. Hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, dog training, launching and landing boats are allowed 24 hours a day in areas where these activities are permitted.

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