The lower reaches of the Meramec River are underrated, you can float them, but not often many do. I call those who do "through paddlers" We put in at Eureka, MO and let the Meramec take us along. The river here is scenic and downright wild in some stretches. The confluence with the Big River offers some nice eddies, or at least it did when I was there. We continued along the Meramec, stopping to camp on a friends property. Pretty good meal of ribs and steaks that night. Rain fell during the night, but it wasn't a heavy rain.
The second day we paddled to Route 21, or Tesson Ferry Road for the locals. We passed Romaine Creek, which is by itself a good float for getting your feet wet (even though it is narrow) We ended up camping at another friends place well above the river. Finally on the third day, we made it to Arnold, which is the terminus of the Meramec River. We played at the confluence with the Mississippi, When barge wakes met with the Meramec's current, that's where the fun was truly happening.
2-3 Day Trip
Kayaking, Canoeing, Fishing
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Flat/Sheltered Water, River/Creek (Up to Class II)
Number of Portages:
-The confluence with the Big River can be dangerous, especially when one is higher than the other. There is a rip at the tip of the confluence point.
-The Confluence with the Mississippi can be pretty dangerous when current and wind are opposed, as well as barge traffic. As I said before, there is nothing to see under a barge.
-Rain the first night, then cool and raw the remaining days.