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 s
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. In the spirit of full disclosure, 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 see bald eagles, beavers, otters, hawks, great blue herons, bats (at night), and lots of other wildlife every day.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 5% off
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sleeping bag w sleeping pad rental
I have up to two sleeping bags with sleeping pads that I can rent to campers ...Read more
Pot of coffee brewed for you in AM
Need coffee? I can brew a full pot of coffee (10-12 cups) for you in the morn...Read more
5 brats with buns
I can thaw six brats for you to cook over your campfire or by request, I can ...Read more
Bacon baked in AM (8 strips)
I can cook bacon in the oven and bring it down to your campsite in the mornin...Read more
biscuits, butter, strawberry jam
Don't feel like cooking breakfast? I can pop some biscuits in the oven and br...Read more
Half dozen eggs
Nine hens on site lay about 8 eggs a day. Help yourself to half a dozen eggs ...Read more
propane and/or butane stove w fuel
We have propane and/or a butane stove suitable for frying up some eggs and ba...Read more
One bundle is about 12 pieces of split wood if available, or about 15 fallen ...Read more
charcoal briquettes, lighter fluid
I can provide enough charcoal (a small bag or bucket) to bbq some brats or wh...Read more
Big family sized 8 person tent
In my opinion, an 8 person tent is really suited for four or five adults (not...Read more
"Duraflame" type fire starter log
I keep a few Duraflame indoor outdoor fireplace logs on hand for Hipcampers w...Read more
I have one 12 foot long aluminum canoe suitable for two people with gear, one...Read more
Shuttle to support float trip
We can either use my pickup truck to drive with your canoe or two kayaks abou...Read more
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at River Ridge, Bridge, and Creek in Missouri.
There is often a sandy beach along the creek near the swimming hole.
Places to see near Matt's Place Meramec n Labarque
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A+best camp site ever! best host!
This seemed to good to be true and only 30 minutes away from St. Louis. Well it was awesome, and it was for real! Matt was such a gracious host and we had all the amenities of home just a short walk from our campsite. We only stayed one night due to rain, and can't wait to go back. So much history that Matt was gracious enough to share and he just loves the land and it shows!
Came again. Got rained on again. We should really check the weather.
Once again Matthew was an excellent host all the way from setting up the day to camp to having useful amenities around our campsite.
A perfect stop on our trip homeward I hope to return to Matt's place again sometime! He was an exceptionally kind and gracious host - putting out a solar light so we could find his driveway entrance in the dark, offering us coffee in the morning, giving us some history of his beautiful property (definitely go for a swim in the river while you're there! slow current, warm water). We stayed around in the morning just to sit and chat with Matt about our respective travels. I'll be back at some point for another swim and some good conversation.
We had an incredible time here. We took our 1 year old boy and celebrated a birthday. The creek was clear water, the perfect temp and the sand was so soft. It was our first time camping with our lo. We will be returning. We brought a tarp so he could crawl around. We went kayaking in the morning. The host was so helpful, friendly, and also respectful. The place is so pretty, lots of shade. You can hear the highway, but it didn’t keep us up at all. Our baby slept 14 hours straight! That was a record.
It has nice perks to help camping go easier while still giving you a “roughin it” feel. Bugs weren’t bad either. We wore bug spray but didn’t see many mosquitos.
Absolutely great space even though the road was right next to us you never noticed it. The creek and the meramac were an easy swim and perfect to wade around in. The host had everything for us from something to help start the fire to a fogger for bugs and even an outhouse. All around a great experience and would like to come again sometime.