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Float #52 & 53: Meramec River

26 Sep

Riverview to Bird’s Nest

Meramec River
Crawford County, Missouri
Friday, September 21 &  Saturday, September 22
8 miles

This weekend we got together with a bunch of friends and family to camp and float on the Meramec in Steelville. We set up camp at Bird’s Nest Lodge on Thursday night and were joined Friday morning by a group of familiar floaters and some of our family members. We decided to float from Riverview access back to camp at Bird’s Nest because it is such a short shuttle and a nice easy float. We did the same float both Friday and Saturday as we had some different people floating with us each day. DW and I brought our entire fleet of boats (4 kayaks and 2 canoes) and were able to outfit everyone for free! Friday was forecast to be raining, but the sky was sunny with not a cloud in sight.

Friday’s float group at Riverview

Meramec River

Meramec River

Jake & Dustin

Meramec River

I brought along my fishing pole again, but didn’t have any luck. I almost caught a bass, but he jumped off the hook before I reeled it in. We stopped for lunch on a nicely shaded beach below some low rock ledges. It was a nice spot and we stopped there both days. On Friday many of us jumped in for a swim. The water was chilly, but not too cold for the weather. Saturday was colder and I don’t think any of us swam that day. There’s a good chance that was the last time I’ll go swimming this year! The weather has been cool and in the 70s lately. It has to be at least 80 before I’ll get in the water.

Meramec River

Meramec River

Meramec River

Meramec River

Meramec River

Baby Snake

Meramec River

There is a nice spring with a cave and a shallow pool on the right of the river. I can’t find the name of it and it’s not on the map, but it is a nice spot. The water is very cold, too cold for this time of year. We went into the cave a little way, but it soon tightened down to crawling and we didn’t have any knee pads, so we turned around. After the cave we soon came to Hwy. 19 bridge. There are about 3 miles after the bridge to Bird’s Nest.

Meramec River

A spring flows from a cave

Meramec River

Meramec River

Hwy. 19 Bridge

Meramec River

Meramec River

A Whistlepig eats his dinner

Somewhere along the trip we saw a bald eagle. The upper Meramec seems to be a good place to spot them. As we neared camp we came across a groundhog (or whistlepig as I like to call them) eating some flowers on the bank. He didn’t seem to mind us at all. I floated right up to him and talked to him, but he kept eating flowers and ignored me. His den was in the bank just above him, so I guess he felt safe.

Both days, we got off the river a couple of hours before dark. Everyone had a great time, especially those who don’t get to go floating often. It was well worth hauling all our boats down so others could enjoy the river. The next day DW and I met up with my sister, Abby to do another section of the Meramec. It was a beautiful weekend and great weather. Next weekend DW and I are tackling a new section of the Current for our anniversary. It should be great fun!

Critter Count: Turtles, Herons, Ducks, 1 Hawk, 1 Bald Eagle, 1 Baby Snake, 1 Whistlepig

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Float # 18: Meramec River

10 Aug

Scotts Ford to Riverview

Meramec River
Crawford County, Missouri
Sunday, July 31
7 Miles

We returned from Colorado hoping the extreme heat would be gone, but that was not the case. Not wanting to spend another day trapped in the air-conditioned indoors we decided to do a Sunday trip on the Meramec. Our friends Charlie and Alex met up with us at Scotts Ford for a 7-mile day float. The water was still very cool despite the preceding month of temperatures in the upper 90s and above.

Looking upriver at Scotts Ford

The first half of this trip was on quick, but calm water. The water level was a little low. If we had been in a canoe we would have scraped a bit in spots, but we found plenty of deep holes for swimming. Just after lunch we spotted a northern water snake crossing the river and we saw another one later in the day. Charlie thought he saw a duck crossing the river, then he said it was a beaver, then it turned out to be someone’s tiny dog!

Richart spring

Richart Spring

Looking down on the river from Richart Spring

Halfway through the trip we came upon Richart Spring on the left side of the river. This spring is very small. There is a little pool just big enough for a couple people to sit in. We spent some time sitting in the cold spring water. Afterward the river water felt comparatively hot! We had not seen many people on the first half, but once we reached the spring we caught up with a huge group of canoeists and we kept passing each other the rest of the way to their take-out.

Rednecks and cows on the river

A couple of miles from the finish we passed a herd of cows standing on the right bank (yuck) and a couple of rednecks washing their camouflage truck on the left bank. I thought it was a perfect Missouri trifecta; cows, rednecks and rivers. Around the bend from there was a tight spot in the river where a couple of downed trees blocked most of the waterway. The large group had stopped there blocking up the bank making it even more tight. It was no problem for us kayakers, but we did get to see some carnage. There was a canoe with a girl sunbathing in a lounge chair while her boyfriend did all the paddling. He couldn’t turn the boat fast enough by himself and ran it sideways into the logs, flipping it over and swamping the boat. We all had a good laugh, I had been waiting for that boat to flip over and luckily I was there to see it. We turned around and rescued some of their gear that was floating downstream. The rest of their group righted the boat and everyone was fine. The large group took out at Indian Springs, a private campground and outfitter. We spent the last mile paddling through very flat water (great fishing, but boring paddling) until our take-out at Riverview. We loaded up the boats and headed home, arriving before dark.

Critter Count: Blue Herons, Green Herons, 2 Northern Water Snakes, Turtles, Snapping Turtles

Bonus Prizes: One regulation size Frisbee in perfect condition (until we got home and our dog put a hole in it)