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FLOAT TRIP past VILANDER BLUFF. Our “awesome-est” run

October 23, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EDT

THIS IS AN OUTFITTER FLOAT, WE RENT KAYAKS.

Spectacular scenery on a **10 mile** river run down the prettiest part of the Meramec River. There will be plenty of current, a bunch of obstacles in the water, and bluffs….lots and lots of bluffs. We will pass Vilander Bluff (pictured), the highest and longest bluff on theMeramec River.

We finished last time in about 4 hours for 10 miles. Allow time. I have shown end time of 3:00 p.m. Depends on current and how much we stop. We will not power paddle, and we will finish when we finish. Plenty of current here in most spots.

**HIGHLY RECOMMEND BRINGING YOUR OWN PADDLE**, if you have one that you like. Theirs are awful…heavy and they don’t have drip guards, so you get soaked. However, Intex paddles are not good for these long river paddles. Outfitter supplies paddle and PFD for you, if you just want to use theirs.

LIFE JACKETS: Most of us bring our own PFD (life jacket) and we ask that you wear one on the water…too many drownings lately on this river. You need to have your PFD on and zipped/buckled up…it doesn’t do you a bit of good if you don’t zip it up….actually becomes a serious hazard if you tip. Zip it up!

**RATED INTERMEDIATE,** (due to distance, tubers and a few obstacles), but you don’t have to be a pro. You need some basic paddling skills, and just a little knowledge of how to read the river. You do have to keep up, and it is 10 miles long. If you’ve never paddled the river before, this is probably not the place to start….especially this late in the year. Water can be getting chilly and sometimes the river is running fast in this section.

THERE WILL BE TUBERS (Drunk partiers), so be ready for that. Shouldn’t be too bad, this late in the year, but they can be rude. Cool temps should keep a lot of them home this weekend.

Bring, water, LUNCH, sunscreen, and a fun loving adventure attitude. Pack light and bring bungees and/or caribiners to secure your stuff to kayak, in case you tip….always a possibility!

Also suggest bringing waterproof pants over whatever else you’re wearing. It will be chilly when we launch, and you don’t need a wet butt and lap. A big black trash bag works also…no fashion show on these floats. You can strip it off as weather warms up.

**DOGS: Best to leave Fido at home.** Their kayaks are hard plastic and not dog friendly, except for very experienced kayak dogs. There will be current and obstacles, and the kayaks are not modified to provide good footing for dogs. And drunk tubers.

You have to make your own reservations through Blue Springs Ranch. Cost is $35 for single kayak. Please comment below when you’ve reserved a kayak. They take credit cards.

YOU WANT THE 10 MILE FLOAT AT 9:00 A.M. Tell them you’re with Karen Burns’ group. I will work on scheduling with them tomorrow and post a link here.

**Startup time for the 10 mile float is 9:00, you need to be at the outfitter by 8:30.** If you’re late, the bus will leave at 9:00 without you. It’s about 1 hour from Eureka/Hwy 109. Not hard to find, use your gps. There are signs as you get close.

We will carpool from 109/44 commuter lot. Be there NO LATER THAN 7:25, we leave promptly at 7:30. Comment below if you will be carpooling or will meet at the outfitter. Here is the link for the commuter lot….

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/38.535168,-90.4953856/eureka+mo+commuter+lot/@38.5216084,-90.6300817,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m1!4e1!1m5!1m1!1s0x87d928418c86e703:0xfc5463e813bb6ea5!2m2!1d-90.6247371!2d38.5058084

Details

Date:
October 23, 2022
Time:
9:30 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Website:
https://www.meetup.com/tailsonthetrail-stl/events/288402597

Venue

Blue Springs Ranch
1246 Blue Springs Rd
Bourbon, MO 65441 us

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