Float #32: Meramec River

29 Mar

Sappington Bridge to Meramec State Park

Meramec River
Franklin County, Missouri
Saturday, March 10
5 Miles

This was a short float, but a long day of hard work. During February DW and I hiked our favorite trail, Hamilton Hollow. We noticed a lot of trash near the river that we couldn’t pack out ourselves. We decided to come back with canoes and spend the day cleaning up the hollow and then float the trash out. Our friend Rob and his daughter Brianna joined us and our dog Zoe. We started at Sappington Bridge access, floated down to the hollow (near Green’s Cave) and spent a few hours picking up all the trash we could find.

Meramec river

Meramec River

Meramec River

Meramec River

Most of the trash we picked up was washed down during floods. A lot of cans and bottles, some larger buckets and a barrel, a couple tires and many, many laundry detergent bottles. I don’t know why or how laundry detergent bottles get washed down river, but they all seem to end up at the hollow! Zoe did her share too, she found a ragged tennis ball to play with. After we finished the cleanup we loaded the boats and floated our trash barges down to the park.

Meramec River

Meramec River

Meramec River

After Rob and DW ran the shuttle, we loaded up all the trash so DW could take it home, sort it and recycle it. We gathered 28 bags of trash, plus the bigger items you see in the photo. Of all those bags, only 2 of them were trash that could not be recycled! DW and I hiked the Hamilton Hollow trail again this past weekend and it looked so much nicer! Not a piece of trash to be seen along the whole river bottom.

Critter Count: Turtles, Blue Herons, Hawks, Ducks

Bonus Prizes: Feed bucket, Funnel, 1/2 pint of Smirnoff Citrus Vodka (still good!)

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