The Jacks Fork Canoe Rental and Campground in Eminence (1-800-522-5736 or is an outfitter that offers canoes, rafts, tubes and kayaks for a slew of floats down the Jacks Fork River. Trips can last anywhere from a few hours to a five-day float that covers 62 miles.

The Bass' River Resort (204 Butts Road, Steelville; 1-800-392-3700 or offers all the amenities of the Jacks Fork outfitter, but along the Courtois, Huzzah and Meramec rivers. It also has two sizes of cabins to stay in: "cozy cabins," built for two to four people, and log cabins for bigger groups.

A bit further afield is James River Outfitters (110 Y Bridge Boulevard, Galena; 417-357-6443 or which offers floating, fishing and the scenery of the southern Ozarks.

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