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Matt's Place @ Meramec n Labarque
24 reviews
· Eureka, Missouri
5 acres
1 site
1 RV/Tent
Located at the confluence of the Meramec River and Labarque Creek, my place (Matt's Place) is a ridge above a bottomland bowl of sorts. The ridge is an ancient road bed recorded on an old map as the "kings highway" under Spanish rule. Flakes of flint hint to the first people to walk this ridge perhaps 10,000 years ago. The old iron truss bridge here is likely built in 1910 and it has a survey marker from 1932. The overlook at the confluence is a magical vortex of energy. A few chairs are waiting there for folks to ponder what that means. Bald eagles nest upstream and their daily commute can be seen from here as they fly down toward the Mississippi in the morning, and in the evening, back upstream to their nest about a mile and a half further, at a bend in the river up high in a grove of sycamore trees. Great blue herons, kingfishers, hawks, vultures, beaver, turtles, fish, and deer are frequently seen from this vista. The bottomland is also special. It's darker down there under so many tall silver maples. And in summer, bring bug spray. The creek has a nice little swimming hole, and a beach that is sometimes sand, sometimes, gravel, and sometimes a mix of both with some silt or even mud after a storm. It's peaceful down there to explore in the creek, wade while looking outward to an opening into the Meramec River. It's also fun to stand just at the mouth of the creek in the Meramec River. It's an awesome view upstream or downstream of tree lined banks, rock bluffs, and every now and then, passing boats, canoes, paddle boards, or kayaks. The old iron truss bridge hovers above the meeting of two waters. The water is cool and clean. Some fifty species of fish have been recorded in this creek, the most in all of Jefferson County and St Louis County. The bottomland has two levels, the lower bottoms down by the creek and the upper bottoms about a hundred feet from the creek. The upper bottoms has a clearing like a meadow with mowed grass, picnic table, electric extension cord and fan (plugged in up at the house). My favorite things to do here include gazing up at a cottonwood tree that must be sixty feet tall. It's leaves in a breeze are ten thousand hands waving hello. The bottomland meadow offers just enough sky to see bats dance in the dusk air between the trees, then fireflies as it gets darker yet. Up top is where I live. I can shuttle gear with my pick up to the bottomland meadow or close to the creek. If a visitor forgets some camping gear, I'm sure to have an extra to lend. And now the story of this place may be in what future travelers see in the vortex of energy that is always at a meeting of waters such as the Meramec River and Labarque Creek. We hope you like this place like we do. Learn more about this land: Just five miles off HWY 44 and HWY 109, at Eureka, MO, (30 minutes west of downtown St Louis, 18 minutes from Six Flags) this place sits on a ridge with great views above the Meramec River. A century-old iron trapezoidal truss bridge is abandoned and is a beautiful feature aging in place above the confluence of Labarque Creek. The bottomland and sand and gravel beach with swimming holes, fishing, canoeing, or kayaking is just a short walk (300 feet or so) or drive (4wd suggested). We have a half-mile loop trail around the small property and just across the road is the Young Conservation Area and down the road 2 miles is Glassberg Conservation Area. This is a great base camp or picnic stop for a group floating downstream from Pacific Palisades Meramec River Access Ramp. Most people take out a mile and a half downstream at Allenton River Access Ramp (near Six Flags). We also have bunnies, chickens, fresh eggs, a vegetable garden, honey bees, and blackberries. Thousands of acres of adjacent parks, plus river access ramps for boats a few miles upstream or downstream. We can shuttle your kayaks or even lend you one of ours by request as an extra. You can camp up top on the ridge or driveway (close to bathroom or shower in the house) or you can camp down by the creek or bottomland meadow. The creek/swimming hole is about 500 feet walk from the driveway up top. I can shuttle your gear (coolers, tent, chairs) down there in my 4wd pickup truck upon request. One may hear the local road traffic from two-lane HWY FF which is just a few hundred feet from the campsite. It's not so bad. Hipcampers report they can tune it out and late at night it gets very quiet. We've seen bald eagles, osprey, beavers, otters, hawks, great blue herons, bats (at dusk), and lots of other wildlife. At night, you may hear frogs, owls and maybe even coyotes safely from far off on the other side of the river. We hope this place feels like your far away place, nearby.
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Eureka, Missouri, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Matthew D.Joined in July 2021
Response rate: 100%
27 ratings · 24 reviews
Pierre D.recommends
August 12, 2022
River Ridge, Bridge, and Creek
We loved our night near the old bridge ! The view on Meramec river was amazing and the old bridge gaves a particular atmosphere we liked a lot. The campground itself was really nice : tables, chairs (and even a rocking chair at our spot !), fire pit, little solar powered lanterns, ... Everything was prepared for us to have a pleasant stay ! Matthew has been a wonderful host, very generous and caring. We had a really good time talking with him in the morning after enjoying the breakfast he offered us (we recommand if you want start the day with a great meal!). Thanks Matthew !
Gavin S.recommends
August 7, 2022
River Ridge, Bridge, and Creek
Despite heat throughout and rain the night before; our stay was once again very enjoyable. Thanks Matt!
Isadora C.recommends
July 31, 2022
River Ridge, Bridge, and Creek
10/10 A+ and all the gold stars!!
My husband and I love to go camping and when we’re camping our top priority is beautiful views. That being said, THIS IS OUR NEW FAVORITE SPOT! The river sparkled in the sunlight (and at nighttime, in the moonlight) right below our campsite and we were immediately smitten with the view. The old bridge at the edge of the site was very cool and definitely another beautiful view— the trees that grow below it shoot up through the bottom of the bridge and their leafy tops fill the frame of the structure giving it the surreal appearance of a kind of hallway of lush green leaves. The short walk to the river is another beautiful view, the trees tall with green ivy growing on them and the carpet of green below them give it “enchanted forest” vibes, which we really loved. The river itself was fantastic. The surface of the water reflected the blue sky and clouds so clearly that it looked like a river of sky with more sky above it! In the shallows cute little minnows swim about and just past the shallows is where the REALLY BIG fish swim (EXCELLENT for fishing.) For the views this site gets a 10/10 A+ and all the gold stars! Matt was the absolute best host. He was extremely helpful and accommodating. His friendly demeanor and genuine kindness make this place beautiful just as much as the views do! So 10/10 A+ & all the gold stars for Matt too!! Thank you Matt! We cannot wait to book again.
Jessica B.recommends
July 27, 2022
River Ridge, Bridge, and Creek
I loved tent camping on Matthew’s land! He was very knowledgeable on the wildlife in the area and made sure we had everything we needed before we settled in for the night.
Karla P.recommends
June 13, 2022
River Ridge, Bridge, and Creek
Spot on.
We had so much fun and felt it was very private. Matt has everything set up perfectly to accommodate primitive camping. The view is great on the ledge, there is grass, (and lots of mosquitos) very nice picnic tables and even a potty that is private. We will definitely be coming back when the weather cools off. Thanks Matt !! Amy, Karla, Amy
Allie F.recommends
May 15, 2022
River Ridge, Bridge, and Creek
Matt is so generous! Beautiful property
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