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Great place

Such a clean campground!! There are a ton of big trees and it is really shady. We love our time here.

Peaceful, Private campsite

This out of the way, private campsite was the ideal place for a peaceful getaway. The seclusion was wonderful. Aside from minimal road noise and the occasional train, it would be easy to believe you are much further from others. Although the facility are minimal, they are clean and well kept. The site provides a port-a-potty, picnic table, and fire ring. It also includes firewood, the use of a Weber Kettle grill, and a hammock stand. Just behind a trailer on the property is a small creek that was fun to explore and fish in. The area provides lots of flat space that could have accommodated a larger group. The site also has RV hook ups that we didn't use. This would be an ideal place for a group of friends looking to camp and not bother other campers or a large family that wants a place to themselves. I look forward to recommending this site to others!

One of the best

We love,love,love this campground. Close to home. Extra clean. Friendly staff. Lots of trees. Drive Through. Easy access off the interstate. Town close by, and a Walmart. Mary J's close by in town (a great little restaurant) All the things we like.

Really nice park

We spent four days at the park with friends during the higher rain and very, high river. I have never seen the river through the park so high to the top of the banks. The park as usual was yet maintained in almost perfect conditions, staff was very nice. We spent time walking around the park, relaxing and just talking. The only slight below norms was their wifi was very poor and didn't work half the time so that angered some campers but didn't bother us one bit, we don't go into the woods not to watch tv anyway.

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Shade and clean

All of the sites were pretty well shaded and there are lots to choose from. The shower house is clean and up-to-date. Nice handicap showers. The sites are kept clean. Drawback is no cell signal. And no attendees present on Wednesdays and Thursdays. They are experimenting with a new phone system at the gate house. They need to get the kinks worked out.

Great Campground and Marina!

Quiet and beautiful campground. Great swimming and fishing. Marina is great and have boat rentals available. We love it there and go back every year.

Clean & Quiet

This little RV Park is not far off the highway and it was easy to find. Staff was nice and friendly. Each space has full hookups and its own picnic table.

Perfect for family camping

We love it here. Sites that can accommodate tents and/or RVs. Its clean and well maintained. Multiple access points to the water. Educational programs and entertainment of some sort most every weekend. Pet friendly.

Serene fun

We stayed in the group site in River bend loop. Despite being a holiday weekend the atmosphere was very chill. Kids were all over the place on their bikes like it was the 80’s. It was quiet and clean. Our site was right next to the campground hosts who were very nice and very involved (they even found my parents who made the mistake of taking the first Silver Mines exit). There is no cell reception. There IS a WalMart nearby in case you forget something. When we were here the water was very swift but not very deep. Along the river’s edge there are little pools and waterways among the boulders and the toddlers loved playing there. We had a great time and definitely wouldn’t mind going back. Only drawback: the bathrooms were sketchy inside and foul smelling (and I’m used to vault toilets).

Spacious and flat

We spent 2 nights here and it was great! All of the sites are flat and very large. They have fire rings and tables a most do. The goats are very nice and there are trails and shut ins nearby. Highly recommend it.

Could be a great spot........

While clean the major problem is the total lack of both cell phone (five miles away you can call) and the usual silly wifi setup.  Next comes the river facts…..shallow as in ankle deep most of the time.  Cool at flood stage at a depth of four feet over most of the park run.  Oh almost forgot the standing in sewage water at the dump station.  Overflowing tanks just before the Memorial Day holiday------sound odd to you too?  Friday before at ten in the morning….

Did see a sewage tanker truck going toward the park as we were heading out to 67------guess my timing was off again.

Was very still and a good camping set up except for the wifi and lack of ability to connect with the outside world.  Problem finding a satellite able spot but there are a few with a clear south view.


As close to camping next to the Mississippi river as you can get

Great sites

Ggreat area to walk

Had a great time

Fun time. Great sandbar in middle of the lake


A great place to go to camp with friends and family

Great Place

Visit and click on reviews. Open Year Round. All sites have Full-Hookups, water, sewer, electric30/50amp, Cable TV and WiFi. Laundry and Propane Station on premises. Room for slideouts and tows. Close to town for everyone’s shopping, dining and entertainment needs.

Beautiful water lots of neighbors

Sam A Baker is an amazing state park. Great access to water and awesome landscapes. There’s lots of hiking available but we spent most of our time in the water. You can actually tube from one end of the park by the visitor center to the boat ramp on the other end. Sites are fairly close in some areas and on top of each other in others. All in all loved our stay an we will be back.

General Watkins is a small nice area.

There are about 5 primitive sites. No water sewer or electric. There are multiple lakes in the area and hiking trails as well. It is very well kept and a nice get away.

Very Private and Gorgeous Creek and views

Creek bottom campsite with grassy fields and 3 RV electric 220v hookups, more lightening bugs in summer than I've ever seen. Private/ gated on 9.5 acres. Nice flat camping area with electric and a hand pump well There's a large trash can, firepit, BBQ pit, and free firewood at this campsite. Port a Potty onsite as well.

Definitely great for party life

Great for partying, not the best place for little ones. Most sites are spread out with enough space in between

Loved this camp

There are several places to access the river and the site we stayed at was very spacious(note not all sites are).

Great Tent camping spot - no crowd- next to the water!

My favorite part of Marble creek is the low noise, low traffic and you can always find a spot open. A few of the sights are right on the water which is a nice perk. Most sites are nicely separate by trees and brush, and a few in the front are more open and close together, better for groups. You can spend the day floating in the river or swimming near the little shut-ins watering hole. Fire wood can be purchased about a mile up the road for fairly cheep.

Vault toilets are usually clean and not too buggy. It appears to not have any water taps though, so bring your own! The Ozark trail passes through the camp and you can hike this (or drive) up to Crane lake. There is also a day use area with picnic tables and is close to the water so you can get in and swim. We love to come here for the quiet, low key atmosphere.

My short stay favorite!

When we want to camp, but not drive 3 or 4 hours to get there, we stay at Redman Creek West. Full hookups & all the flora and fauna you can poke a stick at!

Remote and rugged

Excellent for tent camping when you want relatively easy access and still feel a bit of solitude.

Remotely lovely

Tent sites with no electricity or water. Clean toilets and a covered pavilion for getting out of the rain when needed.

A wonderful place to stay.

People's Creek has upper and lower campsites. Upper is basically less trees and isn't near the walake. I would probably avoid it if there are other choices but some folks like the large sites and the overview. I think there are fewer mosquito issues on those sites. People's lower has a mixture of sites that are very close to the lake but relatively less shade. The higher parts of people's lower are very shady and beautiful. Not all sites on lower have water or sewer but many do. I love this area and would highly recommend.

Clean and beautiful

We were the only ones here on a weekday in the off season and it was fantastic. The campsites were clean, the waterways were clean, and no one bothered us. We could hear cows and barking dogs from the surrounding homeowners, so bring ear plugs if those kind of sounds bother you.

Ranger Review: Nature’s Coffee Kettle at Huzzah Valley Resort

Campground Review

Huzzah Valley Resort (HVR) is not a typical campground. It’s a place built for and specializing in float trips. If you are picturing serenely paddling down a pristine river in a canoe listening to the sounds of birds and insects, you are in the wrong place, at least on a Saturday during the summer. This is more like a float trip with frat parties floating on by you, complete with loud music, floating cooler, floating beer pong tables, loads of drunk people and of course the antics of these drunk people. Not really the best place to take your kids on those summertime Saturdays. I knew this going into the weekend. Really, with campsite prices from $12.79 (for the family camping area) to $16.00 (for the loud area with no quiet hours, nicknamed the Zoo) per person, per night most people not looking for this experience are weeded out by price alone. All that being said party-barge type float trips are pretty much a rite of passage in Missouri.

My Husband and I went on this trip with a group of friends that are not as experienced campers as we are and opted to stay in a cabin. This was about $90 per person for the weekend. Our cabin sleeps 8 people with 1 queen bed in a room, 2 queen beds in a loft, and a double sofa sleeper. It included a kitchenette, full bathroom, fire ring, BBQ grill, picnic table. Aside from a microwave and a full size fridge, the cabin didn’t really offer any other amenities. We brought our own sheets and campstove. It was nice to be able to set up a crockpot before we got on the river and have dinner ready when we got back though. The cabin was reasonably sized and not a bad experience.

It was nice on Sunday morning to just get to enjoy our coffee as we watched hundreds of hungover people in the campground try to take down tents.

We floated from Scotia to Ozark Outdoors, which is a very pretty 5 mile float in the Huzzah. This meant we had to be bussed from HVR to the put in and from the take out back to HVR. The river was packed!! There were people as far as the eye could see and the raft/canoe/kayak traffic never broke up during our whole time on the river. Since it was not a holiday weekend, we were a little surprised by how crowded it was. This didn't stop is from having a great time though! We floated in a raft and a kayak and both experiences were very good.

The campsite offered tent sites as well as sites with full hookups for RVs. Each campsite has a fire grate and picnic table. There is a camp store on site that sells everything you could possibly forget, from matches to fishing poles to beer.

Product Review

As a Ranger for the Dyrt I get to try out products from time to time. One this trip I tested out Nature’s Coffee Kettle, which is billed as top quality coffee that you can take anywhere. They give you a reusable kettle bag and a filter bag of coffee. You can purchase refill packs to use in the same kettle bag. Kettle bags get up to 4 uses. You place the filter pack at the top of the bag, pour some boiling water over it and let it sit for a few minutes, then you pour the remaining water over the filter and wait a few more minutes for it to brew through the filter bag and drip into the bottom portion of the bag. Once it is done, you can pour yourself a cup of hot joe.

The coffee is very good. Even though the brewing process is a little complex (adding 1 cup of water, waiting a few minutes, adding 3 more cups, waiting more), it isn’t that difficult. The closable pour spout is nice to keep your coffee hot while you drink your first cup. The bag is a little flimsy and I was afraid the kettle would fall over while brewing, but it held up.  The kettle and bag are lightweight and can fold down pretty small. These are definitely much easier to use than an old school percolator, and take up less space. I feel like car camping is where these will shine. Although you do still have to pack a pot to boil the water.

They are even practical enough that I might try to take them backpacking at some point. I can’t imagine they will replace Starbucks Vias as my go-to coffee for backpacking though. It is still bigger, creates more trash, and you have to make 4 cups at once even though it is tastier.


  • Delicious coffee in a variety of roasts and types
  • Lighter, smaller than traditional percolator
  • Reusable kettle bags
  • Screw cap to keep coffee hot
  • They offer coffee, tea, and hot chocolate


  • Can only make 4 cups at a time
  • Thin bag- makes it too hot to touch and have to be careful not to let it fall over while brewing
  • Not light, small enough to take backpacking regularly
Clean Sites, perfect for family.

Sam A Baker has a large selection of sites. Perfect for tent camping or Campers of any size. Great trail selection, many moderate trails, but there are many options for those with young children as well.


Great place to go for a day hike or stay for a few days. There are 21 miles of trails throughout the park and a large lake. The attractions are all relatively close to the road (cave, "hidden" spring, and trout streams). The campgrounds are easy to get to and close to a few trails. They have kayak and canoe rentals available for the lake and it appeared to be a great place to fish. It was an enjoyable experience.