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It’s Float Trip Time With James River Outfitters!

7 May

Established in 2003, James River Outfitters is the most respected outfitter on the James River. They offer a wide range of services including outfitting for canoeing, fishing, tent camping, floating, swimming, nature photography, bird watching or just relaxing and enjoying the scenery. Local family owned and operated, we offer a lifetime of experience and we’re eager to share our knowledge with you. Our customers return time after time in order to enjoy the Ozarks and James River Outfitter’s personal and professional services.Wanting to float from Hootentown to Galena? JRO has everything you need to make your trip memorable and exciting. There’s nothing like a good old fashioned float trip with James River Outfitters. While floating on the river you will see breathtaking rock bluffs and wildlife such as: bald eagles, deer, mink, fox… the list is endless. Come see for yourself!

The James River offers a broad selection of fish. “Catch & Release” or “Feed The Family” – everyone will have a great time! So come and enjoy nature as Ozark sportsmen have for over a century.

For more information contact:
James River Outfitters, LLC.
110 Y-Bridge Road
Galena, MO 65656

Home: 417-357-6447 • Cell: 417-830-1344

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Daredevils Rock Katy Trail This Weekend!

26 May

Hometown boys “The Ozark Mountain Daredevils” will headline Pedalers Jamboree this weekend May 28-29, 2011!

The Pedaler’s Jamboree is Missouri’s first bike- powered music and camping festival! Welcome in the summer with a slow paced, family friendly, two wheeled celebration on the Katy Trail! With six stages of staggered live music, a main stage party in Boonville and 75 miles of great riding, this is a two day event not to be missed!

Saturday May 28th in Columbia

Check in/registration and departure from Shilo Bar & Grill, 8-10 am.

Bicyclist’s Breakfast Shiloh Bar & Grill and Broadway Diner
Broadway Diner: Breakfast Buffet – $6.99 all you can eat
Shiloh Bar & Grill: Grandma Millie’s famous egg and cheese casserole Hash Browns – Fruit Plate
Massages available from Cherry Hill Massage

MTK Trail to Katy Trail.
Mile 3 = Habitat for Humanity fueling station with free Pop Chips/water/bananas!
6 more miles on MKT to Katy Trail. Stop at your leisure. Take a right turn at Katy Trail.


Katfish Katy’s – Food and Drinks available
The BluesSlingers – Music from 10 am – 1:30 pm


Trail Side Cafe – Plenty of food options
Shea and Silverstreak – Music from 11 am – 1 pm

General Store – Food, beer and wine

“Big Muddy Oasis” – Rocheport City Park – Food specials & beer garden
The Bait Shop Boys – Music from 11 am – 1 pm

Les Bourgeois Winery – Food, beer and wine
Man in the Ring – Music from 3 pm – Dusk


“Tallgrass Oasis” at Katy Roundhouse – Food – Beer – Yummies
Man In the Ring – Music from 1pm – 3pm
Decadent Nation Acoustic – Music from 3pm – 5pm


Live music on Main Street all day long

Festival at Kemper Park
3pm – Acoustic Jams
Featuring: “Yes Dear”, “Mario Pascal”
6pm – Artie’s Univibe
7:15pm – Ha Ha Tonka (More Homies)
9pm – The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Sunday May 29th in Boonville

Breakfast available at Kemper Park Sunday morning from WJ’s Bar
Depart Boonville at your leisure and return east on the Katy Trail.
Travel back to the Katy & MKT trailhead and back to Columbia.


“Tallgrass Oasis” – Katy Roundhouse
Sugar Tree Road – Music from 8am – 10am – Breakfast food options


TrailSide Cafe – Plenty of food options – Open at 8 am
Shea and Silverstreak – Music from 10 am – 12 pm

“Big Muddy Oasis” – Food specials & beer garden
The Mere Mortals – Music from 10 am – 1 pm

Les Bourgeois Winery – Food and wine
Raven Wolf Jennings – Music from 12 pm – 5 pm


Katfish Katy’s – Food and drinks – down at the River Stage
The Honky Tonk and Blues Jam – Music from 1 pm – 5 pm


Bag pick up available from noon – 5 pm

Shiloh Bar & Grill – Pizza, burgers & drink specials
Band TBA – Music from 12 pm – 3 pm

Broadway Diner – Buffet all day

Cherry Hill Massage – Massages all day

Broadway Brewery – Great food and handcrafted beer

Tickets are still available for the weekend bicycle tour

and for the Kemper festival (non-cyclists) in Boonville

Illinois anglers taking the bait

22 May

Bass tournaments luring new fishermen to the sport for family-friendly competition


Casual evening bass fishing tournaments are trying to hook a new generation of anglers and keep the fun in a sport that has grown increasingly competitive. Spring Lake has a Tuesday evening tournament that costs only $30 per team to enter.“It’s not a big money tournament and the guys know it,” said Troy Galvin, who lives a stone’s throw from the lake.“It’s for fun and the joy of catching fish.”Galvin took over coordinating the tournament about six years ago.

“It started out with a few guys who wanted to fish during the week, and it was mostly local guys,” he said. “But they enjoyed it so much the word has got around and spread, and now we’re pulling from 40 miles away or so.”

Last Tuesday’s tournament drew 28 boats.

An hour or so south in Springfield, two weeknight tournament series offer the chance for anglers to fish without the pressure of too much competition.

“We don’t want that (emphasis on competition),” said Ed Skube, who for years helped coordinate bass fishing tournaments at Lake Springfield. “We want to instill the friendship aspect of the sport.

“We try to keep it real family-friendly.”

Tuesday night tournaments at Sangchris Lake and Thursday night tournaments at Lake Springfield drew 18 and 25 teams, respectively, May 10 and 12.  (more)

Annual Outdoor Adventure Fair for disabled people is June 18 near Bois D’Arc

22 May

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL) invites people with disabilities of all ages and their family and friends to the 8th annual “Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure Fair,” Saturday, June 18, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center near Bois D’Arc.

“SCIL proudly co-hosts the annual Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure Fair event to provide recreational opportunities to persons with disabilities that they would not typically have,” said Gary Maddox, SCIL Executive Director. (more)

Bike to Work Week

13 May

May 16-20
If you haven’t yet been able, here’s your chance to try out Springfield’s developing on-street bike route system, trail system, and bus system in combination to get to work or school. This national annual challenge highlights the importance of creating bicycle-pedestrian friendly communities, and we hope you will support what happening with this effort here in our own community! Leave your car behind at least one day that week. Register your business or school through our Drive Less website.

New company serves up Float Trip Pickles

19 Apr

Carving its way through the Missouri Ozark Mountains is the spring fed and crystal clear, North Fork River.

In 1992 my brother and I took our father, Jerry Sr., to the North Fork for his first float trip.  The “float trip” became an annual ritual for “Senior” and five others.  Over the years, we have enjoyed the timeless beauty of the river, the thrill of jumping into Rainbow Spring and shooting the rapids, and the great times spent with family and friends.  The float trip has included many other rituals such as, Senior insisting on a red canoe, frosty beverages, fireworks, grilling of fine steaks a/k/a “the good meat”, and a gallon of the “float trip pickles”. (more)

Float Trip Pickles website.

Klepzig Mill

4 Apr

Photo By: rkitec

Little used waterway in Shannon County…

By: Jim McCarty for Rural Missouri Magazine

Winter can be a great time to visit the Ozarks. The dense foliage that crops up in the warmer months often obscures the dramatic geography that makes the landscape so interesting. That’s the case with Rocky Creek, a tributary of Current River that runs through southern Shannon County.

Where the creek meets the stubborn volcanic rock that forms the St. Francois Mountains, shut-ins are created. Waterfalls cascade down the slick purple-black rock, forced to flow only where the rock will allow passage.

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