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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Use Held’s Island Access to get on the Gasconade

The Gasconade River begins its 280-mile journey in the Missouri Ozarks near Hartville to where it unites with the Missouri River near the appropriately-named town of Gasconade.  Floaters, fishermen, stargazers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and walks of life enjoy it year-round.  While there are many ways to access this river, I have always…

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