10 Float Trip Spots Near St. Louis You Need to Experience

Float trips are a hallmark of a Missouri summer. Whether you're a fan of kayaks, canoes or a good ole raft, there's nothing quite escaping into nature and spending the day floating down one of our many rivers. To make your planning easy, we've gathered some of our favorite spots near St. Louis for doing just that. Grab your friends and a few beers, and head outdoors for the weekend. Information courtesy of sources including visitmo.org, missouricanoe.org/river-maps/, nps.gov, mdc.mo.gov and usda.gov.

Float trips are a hallmark of a Missouri summer. Whether you're a fan of kayaks, canoes or a good ole raft, there's nothing quite escaping into nature and spending the day floating down one of our many rivers. To make your planning easy, we've gathered some of our favorite spots near St. Louis for doing just that. Grab your friends and a few beers, and head outdoors for the weekend.

Information courtesy of sources including visitmo.org, missouricanoe.org/river-maps/, nps.gov, mdc.mo.gov and usda.gov.

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10 Float Trip Spots Near St. Louis You Need to Experience
Alley Spring
Eminence, MO 65466
Alley Spring is located along the Current River. In addition to the usual canoeing, tubing and fishing excursions, this area is host to numerous springs, sinkholes, caves and streams to explore. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Granger Meador.
Alley Spring
Eminence, MO 65466

Alley Spring is located along the Current River. In addition to the usual canoeing, tubing and fishing excursions, this area is host to numerous springs, sinkholes, caves and streams to explore. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Granger Meador.
This is also the location of the Alley Mill, which was built in the late 1800s. It is open daily in the summer and is available for tours upon request. It also is a great Instagram photo op, if we do say so ourselves. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Granger Meador.
This is also the location of the Alley Mill, which was built in the late 1800s. It is open daily in the summer and is available for tours upon request. It also is a great Instagram photo op, if we do say so ourselves. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Granger Meador.
Rocky Falls
Winona Township, MO
When swimming is the main thing you want to do on your float trip, it's a good idea to head to Rocky Falls. Just a short drive from the Current River, Rocky Falls offers an ideal spot for swimming, relaxing beachside or climbing the rocks of the falls. Photo courtesy of Flickr / henskechristine.
Rocky Falls
Winona Township, MO

When swimming is the main thing you want to do on your float trip, it's a good idea to head to Rocky Falls. Just a short drive from the Current River, Rocky Falls offers an ideal spot for swimming, relaxing beachside or climbing the rocks of the falls. Photo courtesy of Flickr / henskechristine.
Rocky Falls can be found on Route NN off of Route H east of Winona and Eminence, Missouri. You'll find picnic tables, a walking trail, fire grills and, yes, bathrooms. Photo courtesy of Flickr / henskechristine.
Rocky Falls can be found on Route NN off of Route H east of Winona and Eminence, Missouri. You'll find picnic tables, a walking trail, fire grills and, yes, bathrooms. Photo courtesy of Flickr / henskechristine.
Jacks Fork
Eminence, MO
Jacks Fork juts off the Current River, and while it's less crowded, it's just as pretty. The river is formed where two streams (the North Prong and the South Prong) come together, making for a pretty view of the bluff-lined confluence. Photo courtesy of Instagram / hanks_hikes.
Jacks Fork
Eminence, MO

Jacks Fork juts off the Current River, and while it's less crowded, it's just as pretty. The river is formed where two streams (the North Prong and the South Prong) come together, making for a pretty view of the bluff-lined confluence. Photo courtesy of Instagram / hanks_hikes.
The Jacks Fork River will supply about 46 miles of water for your canoeing pleasure. Some previous canoeing experience is best: Harvey's Alley Spring Canoe Rental, one of your rental options at Jacks Fork, recommends that you have ?a more advanced degree of canoeing skill to venture along this narrow stream. Photo courtesy of Instagram / maddiegage96.
The Jacks Fork River will supply about 46 miles of water for your canoeing pleasure. Some previous canoeing experience is best: Harvey's Alley Spring Canoe Rental, one of your rental options at Jacks Fork, recommends that you have ?a more advanced degree of canoeing skill to venture along this narrow stream. Photo courtesy of Instagram / maddiegage96.
Huzzah Creek
Liberty Township, MO
If you're tired of the rat race and not looking to get anywhere fast, Huzzah Creek may be just what you need. The creek is narrow and typically slow-moving. It's generally good for floating all year 'round, though of course water can run low in the summer (hello, sun and years of limited rainfall!). Photo courtesy of Instagram / christaljohnson.
Huzzah Creek
Liberty Township, MO

If you're tired of the rat race and not looking to get anywhere fast, Huzzah Creek may be just what you need. The creek is narrow and typically slow-moving. It's generally good for floating all year 'round, though of course water can run low in the summer (hello, sun and years of limited rainfall!). Photo courtesy of Instagram / christaljohnson.
Huzzah Creek is also great for those just looking to have a great time -- people often aren't there for sport so much as they are there to party. It is also the location of the 93.7 the Bull Float Trip, a weekend of camping, floating and country music. Photo courtesy of Instagram / lifted_style.
Huzzah Creek is also great for those just looking to have a great time -- people often aren't there for sport so much as they are there to party. It is also the location of the 93.7 the Bull Float Trip, a weekend of camping, floating and country music. Photo courtesy of Instagram / lifted_style.
Courtois Creek
Steelville, MO
Courtois Creek is Huzzah Creek's sister river, and the two have many similarities. You'll see it all at Courtois Creek, from rafts to kayaks to cliff jumping to partying. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Missouri Division of Tourism.
Courtois Creek
Steelville, MO

Courtois Creek is Huzzah Creek's sister river, and the two have many similarities. You'll see it all at Courtois Creek, from rafts to kayaks to cliff jumping to partying. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Missouri Division of Tourism.