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Big River is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near De Soto, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, canoeing, and whitewater kayaking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 59 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

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The river is pristine and natural. The float is not interrupted by signs of civilization. The river is also known for fine fishing.

Full services expected at a modern RV park. canoeing and hiking major attractions, Canoe rental available

Washington State Park ADDRESS 13041 State Hwy. 104 De Soto, MO 63020-7000 PHONE NUMBERS Park Office: (636) 586-5768 Lodging/Store: (636) 586-2995 Canoe Rentals: (636) 586-0322

Washington State Park. From DeSoto travel west on Highway 21 about 8 miles. Then turn right (north) on to Highway 104 and travel a tenth of a mile to the park office. Inquire at the park office. See the park store for canoe rental.

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Liz Christman Stetina
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Nature tripsRocky

Fun place to swim. But please do not jump off the opposite side of the river. We watched a man jump off and break his ankle because it is not deep. It was scary. Then saw a teen do it not 20minutes later and hit his head. It is shallow water.

Glyn Dix
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Paddle sports

Fun little section with the put in and take out less than a mile apart. Great section for quick trips when you just need to get in the water and mess around

Julia Maupin
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Just stopped by to see it, nice enough. People please, please follow Leave No Trace, there are sections littered with trash. It takes away from the experience for everyone. I'll update my review once we get on the river.

Doug Neidholdt
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Paddle sports

Big River is a great river to float with the family and enjoy some fishing. Very pristine. Highly reccomended.

Denise Marler
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Matt Williams
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Kevin Pearson
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C W
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Bill Keaggy
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Whitley Evans
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Matt Williams
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Doug Neidholdt
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