Area Information

Jeff's Canoe Rental

Jeff's Canoe Rental is located on the Crystal Clear Black River just four miles from Annapolis. Whether you are looking for a fun-filled family float or are planning a larger group float, they will strive to accommodate your floating needs. They offer floats by raft, canoe, kayak, or tubes. Check out their website or call them 573-598-4555 to book your float today!

Johnson's Shut-ins State Park

The wilderness qualities and geology of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park and the surrounding St. Francois Mountains make this park a special place to visit. Its rugged character provides the perfect backdrop for camping, hiking, picnicking, splashing in the shut-ins, exploring nature, or just relaxing. For more information check out their website at

Elephant Rock State Park

The elephant-shaped rocks, which were formed from 1.5 billion-year-old granite, are giant boulders that stand end-to-end like a train of circus elephants. The rocks have created formations that intrigue geologists and fascinate children who love to climb on and between the boulders. The trail winds through the main area of rocks. Picnic tables are scattered among the trees and provide inviting spots to have a picnic lunch or rest and enjoy the formations. For information, visit

Sam A Baker State Park

With the St. Francois Mountains, the natural landscape, and the cool waters of the St. Francis River and Big Creek, Sam A. Baker State Park has something for everyone. Access to the river and creek gives anglers the opportunity to hook many varieties of fish and canoeists the chance to float year-round. Several miles of trails provide glimpses of the area as the earlier settlers found it. Exhibits in the park’s nature center interpret the history of the park. Visit their website:

Blue Springs

Called "Spring of the Summer Sky" by Native Americans, the more famous Blue Spring is on the Current River and is one of the most beautiful places you'll ever find. The spring itself is over 310 feet deep, one of the deepest in the United States. This gives it a vivid blue color that one must see to believe. If you were to place the Statue of Liberty in Blue Spring, her torch would be five feet below the surface of the water! The spring is reached by a short trail which abounds with wildflowers in spring and fall colors in autumn. For more information visit their website at

Parker Farms Wild Hog Hunts

Parker Farms Wild Hog Hunts offer 1-7 day guided hunts on over 1600 acres of farmland located in the southeast Missouri counties of Iron, Wayne, and Madison, all of which have established wild hog populations. They allow up to 4 hunters per session. For more information check out their website