Pulaski County’s Outfitters Make Your Float Trip Effortless

Paddling Pulaski County’s Big Piney and Gasconade rivers is a classic Ozark Mountains experience!

Tie Rafting Roots

As early as 1816 these rivers were used to transport timber and railroad ties to Saint Louis. Tough and rowdy lumberman rafted ties down the streams. They dubbed bends and landmarks along the rivers with colorful and descriptive nicknames. Crooked Chute, Wayman Slide, Blind Horse Bluff, Pike’s Defeat, Devils Elbow.

Today a float trip down our lazy rivers is a leisure activity. Families drift downstream in tubes or on rafts. Anglers fish for trophy smallmouth bass from kayaks. Canoeists paddle past Instagram-worthy dramatic bluffs that line the riverbanks. Impromptu picnics break out on gravel bars. Paddlers cool off swimming in the crisp water that rushes into the river from plentiful Ozarks springs.

An unhurried float trip down the Big Piney or Gasconade is a memorable Ozarks experience that you should not miss!

Pulaski County’s Outfitters

Pulaski County’s outfitters make your paddle adventure effortless. Our outfitters rent tubes, rafts, kayaks, canoes, and Jon Boats to floaters. These rentals include paddles, life jackets, and necessary equipment. They shuttle you and your provisions, usually upstream, to a “put in” spot on the river. Novices are given a run down on how to paddle. Everyone is reminded to use the provided bags for collecting trash. Then your Ozarks float adventure begins! Most float trips end where you began. In some instances, the outfitter will pick you up at the end point and shuttle you back to your car at their facility.

Our outfitters offer float trips on the Big Piney and Gasconade rivers. Float trips can be as short as 3 miles. 5- and 6-mile floats are popular options.

Multi-day floats covering 14, 23, and even 51 miles can be arranged with Pulaski County’s outfitters.  

Wilderness Ridge Resort and Peck’s Last Resort offer float trips on the lower section of the Big Piney river in southern Pulaski County.

Devils Elbow River Safari, Liberty Life Park Campground, and Route 66 Canoe Rentals floats are primarily on a section of the Big Piney River below the river’s confluence with the Gasconade. BSC Outdoors offers floats on both the Big Piney and the Gasconade rivers. One of their most popular floats begins on the Big Piney and ends at their campground near the famous Boiling Spring on the Gasconade.

Gasconade Hills Resort and Froggy’s River Resort float trips take place on the Gasconade River near the western boundary of Pulaski County. Ruby’s Landing River Resort offers floats on the Gasconade River in central Pulaski County.