Roaring River: Legends, history & natural wonder

Summertime brings a complimentary mix of heat, humidity and the splash of cool, flowing river waters as folks get off the beaten path near Cassville, Missouri, in the heart of Barry County: one of southwest Missouri’s crowning jewels. While some might enjoy the instant retreat offered by the rippling river and the shade of the…

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Big Thompson Canyon — Scenic sportsman’s paradise 

By Matt Ankney Big Thompson Canyon, located between Loveland and Estes Park, Colo., is a premier summertime destination attracting visitors from all over the world.  Thousands of eager anglers seeking a unique Rocky Mountain outdoor experience descend into the rugged canyon each week in chest-high insulated waders to fly-fish the invigorating crystal clear mountain stream. …

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Sam A. Baker State Park on Memorial Day weekend 

By Matt Ankney The Continental United States is visited by millions of international tourists each year seeking recreation in wilderness settings exemplifying a unique American outdoor experience, hungry for something like Sam A. Baker State Park in peak season during perfect weather on Memorial Day Weekend.  By mid-morning Sunday, the nearly 6,000 acre park located…

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There is a lot to do at Castor River Conservation Area 

The Castor River runs throughout southeast Missouri. It starts about 10 miles northeast of Fredericktown in the southern corner of Ste. Genevieve County.  The Upper Castor River flows south into the Headwater Diversion Channel and then into the Mississippi River.   The Lower Castor River flows south of the Diversion Channel and into the Little River. The…

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Backpack camping

Backpack camping is a great way to disconnect from the day-to-day and reconnect with nature.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) allows walk-in camping on over 100 conservation areas around the state.  Here are six places to go backpacking in central and northeast Missouri. The following conservation area sites offer hiking trails and beautiful scenery…

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