We camped in two of their primitive areas on a Friday night, getting there around 7:00 pm after work. Like many state parks in the area, we were required to either buy or bring in our own wood (due to some infestation of a wood beetle). This was slightly an annoyance, because of all the deadfall I saw on the way to the campground. We were visited by two park rangers just before bedding down, and that gave me some sense of comfort. The following morning I found the restroom - basically a hollow pedestal / toilet above a hole in the ground. This is expected at a campground; however if you go, take a gas mask & DON'T LIGHT A MATCH. Other than that, the stay at the campground was great.
The float trip was great - slow moving river, many amber beverages, and the water wasn't too cold. The only gripe is the bus ride up-river (or rather, what came before it). We were told after some time of waiting that she was stalling because "The guys taking the boats down have to take them off the racks once they get there." I would have much rather waited in the parking lot at the boat launch, than sat in a bus - three to a seat, in the heat, listening to bad jokes, and waiting for her to organize everyone to find a seat.
- Also Known As:
- Meramec State Park Campground Hotel Sullivan