Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 22, 2005 7:48:07 GMT -6
Lots of rowdy drunken hoosiers who have absolutely no respect for others float on Saturdays throughout the months of June, July & August "mainly" on the most popular stretches from Cedar Grove to Round Spring. Saturday, most canoe outfitters require reservations too. Other days of the week (including Sundays) reservations are NOT required and are much calmer.
Unfortunately, the only way I can get friends and family to float the Current .... it has to be on a Saturday (August 6th). I plan to use 4 personal canoes and a small raft, NOT rental, and float from Cedargrove to Akers. QUESTION: Where do you recommend I park my truck and trailer at Aker's? And where can we leave our shuttle car at Cedargrove? It has been well over 10 years since I have floated thereand I remember Akers being very negative toward folks with their own canoes. I don't believe in paying for sx or parking, but if that is what I have to do so be it:) I m having a hard time finding reliable information regarding parking and public access on the scenic riverways for the do-it-yourselfer canoe-ist. Thanks to you or your readers for any valuable help you can provide.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 30, 2005 14:14:23 GMT -6
Akers Ferry used to be a campground also many years ago, but since, that has changed. Their campground now is a few miles up the road called "Jason's Place". Where the campground used to be at Akers near the river is now a VERY BIG grass parking area. There isn't any reason that I can see that the "do-it-yourselfer" can't park on that land. In fact, that land is apart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways system. Akers Ferry Canoe Rental is just a vendor on ONSR land and uses it for parking. Akers Ferry Canoe Rental would only charge a "do-it-yourselfer" if they had to shuttle them and their canoe(s) to a put in point to pay for the gas and manhours to do that. So, as a summary, park at Aker Ferry Canoe Rental in the BIG grass field, then once you get up to Cedar Grove, there is a parking lot just "up the hill" towards where you come in on the left from the low-water bridge (I would say 1000 ft. or so from the river). Park your vehicle(s) there. I hope this helps.
**You can confirm what I had stated about Akers Ferry parking by calling them directly at: 1-800-333-5628
Thanks Steve for the good info. I'm also glad to hear Aker's moved their camping up the road. Maybe now they don't act like they own the whole place. Thanks again. I'm looking forward to getting back into floating.