Float #39: Meramec River

28 Jun

Bruns’ Bridge to Chouteau Claim

Meramec River
Franklin County, Missouri
Sunday, June 3
9 miles

Faced with a warm Sunday full of nothing to do, DW and I decided to do a quick float on the Meramec near home. Unfortunately, our truck is in dire need of a clutch replacement. So now we’re down to one vehicle that can run shuttles. We decided to try a bike shuttle instead. This float is 9 miles long, but the shuttle is less than 4 miles, all on back roads. Perfect for a bike shuttle. DW dropped me and the boats off at the bridge and drove the car to the takeout. He then rode his bike back to the put in (all uphill), locked it to a cable on the old bridge road and we were on our way! This float is a popular one for us, due to its moderate length, proximity to home and short shuttle distance. See Float #20 and Float #1 for more detail on this section of river.

Meramec River

DW at Bruns’ Bridge access

Meramec River

Meramec River

Meramec River

Meramec River

The first few miles of the float are a big oxbow that leads to the River Round access. That’s what gives this longer float a really short shuttle. We saw a few people in motor boats, but no other paddlers until we got to River Round. There is an outfitter on this section of the Meramec, Old Cove Canoe, so we did see a lot of their boats after the main access. They looked to be pretty busy for a Sunday. We saw many people floating in inner-tubes also. The water on this section is perfect for a lazy float if you’ve got some time to kill. The water is pretty deep in the main channel and not too fast or full of obstacles.

We spent most of our time picking up trash and swimming. What had started as a warm, sunny day became cloudy and a bit cooler. DW found an old milk crate that he has since turned into an additional trash receptacle for his kayak. We took out at Chouteau Claim, at the confluence of the Bourbeuse and Meramec. Our gear was barely loaded and strapped down before the rain came in. Lucky for us as we didn’t bring any rain gear. In my experience, the lack of rain gear is the best way to make sure you get rained on!

Critter Count: Turtles, Blue Herons, Green Herons, 1 Coot

Bonus Prize: 1 red milk crate

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