I have said it before and I will say it again: You can head just about any direction out of Fredericktown, Mo., and come across a beautiful waterway.

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From Lower Rock Creek to Marble Creek, Castor River to the St. Francois River running through Millstream Gardens and Silver Mines Recreation Area… you just can’t beat the rugged, lively, exposed granite waterways that splash and churn and babble throughout Madison County, Mo.

Among my favorite natural places to spend my time, one that I had visited a while back but hadn’t really explored a whole lot, is the Castor River Shut-Ins in the Amidon Memorial Conservation Area.

Well, that got remedied this past weekend when we camped at the Castor River Ranch Campground and spent Saturday morning driving up to Amidon to check out this water-carved collection of granite sculptures within the walls of a canyon flanking this quick moving river as it cuts its way through the solid terrain.

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