Whether you're looking for a scenic canoe ride or a lazy beer-fueled float, jumping in the Big River at Washington State Park is the perfect place to make waves. You can set out on a three-or seven-mile trip from the park, which is located just an hour south of St. Louis. Contrary to its moniker, the waterway doesn't feel all that big as you're bobbing along. It's small enough that you won't be bothered by motorized boats, and it's ideal for families and drunken floaters alike. There are great gravel bars to stop for lunch or swimming, and there's an obliging rope swing or two for the more adventurous. (Just make sure your foot doesn't get tangled right before you make the dive. Trust us: It's awkward and painful.)
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