Yeary Farms has a half mile of Meramec waterfront for you to enjoy.
There are several small easily accessible gravel bars and one large gravel bar that requires 100 yards of wading to access. There is no better antidote to the summer heat than a cool dip in this clear spring fed river. Hours of fun can be had in the form of floating up and down the river, fishing, get permit, small fire or bbq for a summer cookout, hanging a hammock and reading a book, and Milt’s personal favorite: placing your chair in the river, visiting with friends and family while sipping on your favorite cool beverage and soaking your feet.
There are fish in this river! Here is a fishing report. Strolling the river, finding the holes and stumps and springs, trying out different bait, what a way to spend some time. Catch your dinner!
If you’d like to take a float trip, there are many good options very close by for canoeing, kayaking, rafting, or tubing. You can do this on your own or take advantage of one of the many great local outfitters. Ask your host for more information.
Our location on the upper Meramec provides a privacy you will not see downriver. Steelville is known as the “Floating Capital of the Ozarks”. The rivers are very beautiful and easily accessible and outfitters have been entertaining floaters for decades. This can mean big crowds in the summer, which we never see, this is mostly due to the lower water level of the upper Meramec. There will be short, shallow rapids you have to navigate. Often in the spring and fall we rarely have to get out of our boat, but in the heat of summer, it will happen more often. Don’t let this discourage you, the privacy and beauty will make up for the inconvenience. We’ve floated this stretch of river hundreds of times and it gets into your DNA……something you will want to do time and again.
The conditions on the river change a lot through the year, especially after big rains. This part of the river usually flows at 20-50 CFS (cubic feet per second) but can spike to over 20,000 CFS during a big rain. This would be a major flood and makes the river inaccessible for recreation. This doesn’t happen very often. There is a great USGS website that has a flow meter installed at Cook Station, about 10 miles upstream.
River Safety and Comfort:
- Life Jackets
The river is not deep, but there can be fast moving rapids and unexpected
obstacles, especially important for little ones
- River Shoes
These are very helpful; old sneakers, keens, tevas, aquasox, etc.
The gravel is hard to walk on with bare feet
You can burn quickly on the river, reapply after swimming
It’s easy to spend several hours on the river, and hydration in a must
We’ve never experienced a snakebite, but there are cottonmouths in this
area and are something to be mindful of
- Illegal Activities
We discourage any illegal activities anywhere; carry your fishing
license, and make good choices. The river is a public thoroughfare but most
property on each side is privately owned; be respectful of our good neighbors.