The many smaller rivers near the St. Louis area provide a favorite summer recreation that is unique to the area, the float trip!! Steelville Missouri, nicknamed the "Floating Capital of Missouri" is located near several of the smaller rivers and creeks such as the upper Meramec River, the Huzzah Creek and the Courtois Creek , which are excellent waterways to float. Many "river resorts" are located on those rivers and creeks and provide canoes, rafts or kayaks to rent. Most have buses that take floaters to "put-in" locations on the rivers and then will meet the floaters later in the day down the river at the "take-out" locations. Some of the resorts also provide camping opportunities with cabins, trailers or campsites to rent for a night or for as long as you want.
Below is a list of many of the popular rivers to float in the St. Louis area.