Float #43: Meramec River

1 Aug

Bruns’ Bridge to Chouteau Claim

Meramec River
Franklin County, Missouri
Saturday, June 30
9 miles

The Saturday before the 4th of July we met up with Saint Louis Adventure Group for a quick float on the Meramec. Saint Louis Adventure Group (SLAG) is a Meetup.com group of outdoor enthusiasts in the St. Louis area. They do many floating, hiking and bicycling events throughout the year. It’s a great group to join if you’re looking to get into an outdoor sport or find other people to enjoy it with. SLAG was floating from River Round access to Chouteau Claim, a 5 or 6 mile float. Since DW and I prefer something a little longer, we put in at Bruns’ Bridge and met up with the group at River Round.

Meramec River

Meramec River

Alex & Charlie

Meramec River

DW and Hedwig

Last time we did this float we noticed many old tires along the river bank. Since this was a short, lazy float close to home DW took the canoe so he could pick up all the tires. I took my kayak and our Doberman, Hedwig, took the front of the canoe. She is not a natural water dog, but she warmed up to it after we put her doggie life jacket on. I think she enjoyed all the extra attention! It was a really hot day so the group made a lot of stops to swim, even though the water wasn’t very cold. The Meramec really warms up in the summer heat, especially with the 100˚+ temps we’ve been having most of this season.

Meramec River

Meramec River

DW and his trash barge

Meramec River

DW at the jumping bluff

We stopped a while at the jumping bluff and then again toward the end for some more swimming. We all got off the river around 4:30 or 5:00 and all the St. Louis people started their drive back to the city and we headed home. It was a nice way to spend the day and we will definitely be doing more floats with SLAG in the future.

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