MERAMEC STATE PARK
The beauty of the Meramec River and its surrounding bluffs, caves and forests have pleased visitors since the park opened in 1927. In 1933, the craftsmen of the Civilian Conservation Corps began blending a variety of visitor facilities into the park's rugged landscape.
This popular 6,896-acre park offers year-round access to camping, picnicking and trails. Guided tours of Fisher Cave, one of more than 40 caves in the park, are provided on a seasonal basis for a nominal fee. Water enthusiasts will enjoy swimming, fishing, rafting and canoeing in the Meramec River. Weekdays offer substantially more solitude than weekends.
Additional facilities include a park store that offers raft and canoe rentals, campsites (including three group sites), rental cabins, motel rooms and a conference center. The park's rustic dining lodge offers good food and one of the best views in the park. Some services and facilities are only available on a seasonal basis.
Meramec State Park's visitor center offers a mix of educational exhibits including large aquariums that display the amazing variety of aquatic life found in the river. Here, guests can orient themselves to the park's many permanent and seasonal attractions and facilities before venturing out into the park.
Lodging in the park's many rental cabins and motel rooms is available April through October. Rental is coordinated at the park store. For further information or reservations, please call (573) 468-6519, 1-888-Meramec (637-2632) or visit www.meramecpark.com. Reservations are not accepted by e-mail.
Following are rates for 2006.
Cabins 1-8 : one bedroom : $85 per night for up to four people
Cabin 9 : two bedrooms : $100 per night for up to six people; add $10 for each additional person
Cabins 10/11 and 18/19 : five-bedroom duplexes : $200 per night for up to 12 people; add $10 for each additional person
Cabins 12-17 : two-bedroom duplexes : $100 per night for up to six people; add $10 for each additional person
Cabin 20 : four bedrooms : $180 per night for up to nine people; add $5 for each additional person
Hickory Ridge Motel : $60 for two people : $70 for three people : $80 for four people : $90 for loft room
The Hickory Ridge Conference Center is used as a rental hall and can handle a variety of functions such as meetings, parties, receptions and banquets. Rental information and catering services must be obtained from the park concessionaire. The building's capacity is 125 people maximum. For additional information or reservations, please call (573) 468-6519, 1-888-Meramec(637-2632).
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The park has no designated swimming areas, but people are allowed to swim at their own risk throughout the park. Access to the river is available throughout the park and guests should choose their own spot to swim at their own discretion.
There is one concrete motorboat launch and canoe launch located near the park store. They are available during park hours. A gravel boat launch is located in the campground and is available only for the camping patrons. There are no launch fees.
Canoe Rental : Canoeing and rafting are very popular park activities. Canoes and rafts can be rented at the park. Rental prices include shuttle, transportation, paddles and life jackets. Weekday floats typically offer substantially more solitude than weekends.
For more information, please call (573) 468-6519, 1-888-Meramec(637-2632)
The Meramec River is one of the most diversified rivers in North America. More than half of the fish in Missouri are found in the Meramec River. All three of the black bass can be fished, along with catfish and panfish.