Float trips in Missouri just wouldn't be the same without Steelville. The outfitters there, such as Bass' River Resort and Huzzah Valley, have mastered the craft of river floating. The staffs are friendly, and they'll work to find you the best campsites available — whether that's a primitive site with nothing but a fire pit and picnic table, or a cabin hooked up with all the amenities of home. Canoes, kayaks and rafts are all offered at affordable prices, and a variety of trips along the spring-fed Courtois and Huzzah rivers are mapped out, ranging from 5 to 25 miles. The rivers are clear and cold with areas of wide and lazy water, so you can take your time admiring the sunbathing turtles and spying waterfowl, but there are also winding, fast-paced stretches that'll have you desperately clinging to your cooler. Sure, you'll encounter some rednecks along the way, but isn't embracing your inner hoosier the best part of floating?
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