Trout Fishing: The upper reaches of the Meramec River have been designated a Red Ribbon trout fishing area a special day license is needed to fish in the area with an abundance of stocked brown trout and a selection of natural rainbow trout. The Woodson K Woods Access, only two river miles from Mound Ridge, is a prime trout fishing area early in the spring. Fish 16″ in length and longer have been recorded and anywhere from 25-50 fish have been caught in single float trips.
Information from: Missouri Game and Fish, June 2009. “Missouri’s Nine-Mile Trout” by Steven Felgenhaur.
Or, if trout isn’t your preferred fish, wade a few yards out to one of our fishing holes and try your luck with the smallmouth bass, sunfish, or bluegill that are known to live in the area. Retreat guests and campers alike have enjoyed catching many of these fish throughout the years.
Fishing licenses may be purchased at Maramec Spring Park located 2.5 miles from Mound Ridge on Highway 8.
Mound Ridge offers a variety of floats for canoeing and kayaking suitable for all ages and floating experience. Our floats are away from river traffic, offering a peaceful and relaxing experience.
10 Inner tubes
Mound Ridge allows retreat participants to bring their own paddlesport watercraft.
2 miles – Mound Ridge to Woodson K. Woods Access
6 miles – Cedar Ford Access to Mound Ridge
11 miles – Mound Ridge to Scott’s Ford Access (Low Water Bridge)
Or, if you prefer to stay at camp, Mound Ridge offers “water play” in canoes and kayaks which involves no shuttling. Guests can use canoes and/or kayaks to paddle themselves as far as they wish to and from camp.
All persons in water, regardless of age or swimming ability, must wear a Personal Floatation Device.
All children in water must wear a personal floatation device.
All persons in a craft must wear a personal floatation device.
All children under the age of seven must wear a personal floatation device while in any craft owned by Mound Ridge Retreat Center.
All parents are responsible for their children while recreating at the riverfront (no lifeguard on duty)
Adult Chaperones are responsible for their group while recreating at the riverfront.
All groups are required to have a lifeguard present. If one is not available, a waiver needs to be signed by the person responsible or governing body of the group.
All groups will need to sign a waiver when taking float trips.
Individuals will need to sign a waiver when taking float trips.
Mound Ridge Retreat Center holds the right to remove any person from the riverfront area that does not follow safety guidelines set forth or any person(s) that does/do not follow the Missouri State Water Patrol regulations and laws.
SB346 – Paddlesport Activities — Immunity from Liability (amended August 2012)
Under Missouri law, an outfitter is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in paddlesport activities resulting from the inherent risks of paddlesport activities pursuant to the Revised Statutes of Missouri.”. Chapter 537 – Section 537.237