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The lodge and grounds are ideal for family reunions, multi-family vacations, weddings, small corporate retreats, spiritual retreats, trail riding, hiking and mountain biking.

  • Concerts
  • Ozark Trail
  • Floating
  • Hunting & Fishing
  • Parks

Wildwood Springs

The concert series at the Wildwood Springs Lodge in Steeville, Missouri, is the premier entertainment event in the area, drawing concert goers from far and wide. In years past Wildwood Springs has booked such acts as John Hartford, Taj Mahal, Poco, Rhonda Vincent, America, Dr. John, Richie Havens, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Brewer and Shipley and more. Concert goers get the unique expierence of hearing legendary artists in an intimate setting.

This year's concert schedule includes:

  • Pure Prairie League (September 19)
  • The Turtles, Featuring Flo and Eddie (September 26)
  • The Guess Who (October 3)
  • Poco: Rusty Young and Richie Furay (October 9-10)
  • Marshall Tucker (October 16-17)
  • Blood Sweat and Tears (October 23-24)
  • Brewer and Shipley (October 30)
  • Foghat (October 14-15)
  • America (October 31)
  • Ozark Mountain Daredevils (November 6-7)

River Oaks Ranch is 12 miles east of Wildwood Springs Lodge off of Highway 8.

Meramec Music Theatre

Meramec Music Theatre, located in Steelville, features country, bluegrass, gospel, comedy and more. There is a show every Saturday evening from May through October.

Entertainment for the whole family.

Call for schedule: 573-775-5999.

River Oaks Ranch
298 Lower Narrows Road
Steelville, Missouri 65565
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Ozark Trail topo map

Sign for Ozark TYrailThe Ozark Trail passes along the west border of River Oaks Ranch, crossing over a ridge, The Narrows, that separates the Huzzah and Courtois Creeks.

On the map the trail is represented by a solid red line and the road from the property entrance to the lodge by a solid black line.

Waterfall along the Courtois section of the Ozark Trail, just outside the gate a River Oaks Ranch, Steelville, Missouri

Ozark Trail Association logo

The Ozark Trail runs north to south with over 350 miles of completed trail. The Ozark Trail Association through its website offers trip planning & shuttle service. Shuttles can also be arranged through River Oaks Ranch for a fee.

 

 

Scenic Overlook on the Ozark Trail

 


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Steelville is known as the floating capital of Missouri. With good reason, because one can choose to float the Courtois, Huzzah or Meramec Rivers within a 10-mile radius. These are crystal clear spring fed streams, a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. River Oaks Ranch is ideally located for floating—the entrance to the ranch lies in a geographic area called the Narrows, where the Courtois Creek and Huzzah Creek converge. We are also 10 minutes from two of the largest river outfitters in Missouri.

Since our property adjoins the Courtois, you can chose a float that either begins or ends on the ranch property. For a 14-mile, all-day trip, floaters can leave from the Berryman Campground and reach River Oaks Ranch in 5 to 8 hours—or from Blunt Road for a 7-mile trip that takes about 4 to 5 hours. If you prefer to leave from the property, you can float 6 miles to Scotia (3 to 4 hours) or 11 miles to Onondaga Cave (6 to 7 hours).

Floaters can also leave from Berryman for an all-day float to River Oaks Ranch and float again the next day to Onondaga Cave (25 miles).

With advance notice shuttle service can be arranged for your trips.

Akayaker on the Courtois

You can bring your own river craft, or rent canoes, kayaks and rafts from Huzzah Valley Resort or Bass River Resort, both within 10 minutes of River Oaks Ranch.

If you plan to use the services of either Huzzah Valley or Bass, you can contact us in advance and let us know what you need. We can then make the arrangements for you.

 

 

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Google Earth view of River Oaks Ranch
Hunting and Fishing at and Near River Oaks Ranch

Along the western border of River Oaks Ranch lies the Mark Twain National Forest, a favorite destination of deer and turkey hunters. For bass fishermen, many of the prime fishing holes lie on the Courtois Creek on the northern border of River Oaks Ranch. The ranch also offers a stocked fishing lake just outside the door of the Lodge.

During trout season River Oaks Ranch guests can visit Maramec Spring Park—about 45 minutes from the Ranch west of Steelville on Highway 8.

For information on seasons and licences, visit the website of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

 

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Steelville, Missouri
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Onondaga Cave State Park

 

Missouri is called the Cave State because of its more than 5,500 caves. But Onondaga Cave stands out from the rest. Onondaga's huge natural chamber is full of stalagtites, stalagmites and other colorful deposits.

Onondaga Cave State Park is about a 30-minute drive from the River Oaks Ranch. Tours last just over an hour and cover almost a mile of underground passages.

The cave is open from 9am to 5pm from March 1 to October 31.

 

 

Onondaga Cave
Maramec Spring Park  

About 45 minutes from River Oaks Ranch, west of Steelville on Highway 8, you will find Maramec Spring Park. Surrounded by a 21-foot bluff and a waterfall, the spring is Missouri's fifth largest and was once the site of Maramec Iron Works. The Maramec Museum houses natural and cultural history exhibits and features a 500-gallon aquarium.

The Missouri Department of Conservation raises thousands of trout in ponds on the park grounds for release into the Spring Branch each day during trout season.

Fishing permits and trout tags are available at the park store.

<eramec Spring trout fishing

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Steelville, Missouri
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Onondaga Cave State Park  

Missouriis is called the Cave State for its more than 5,500 caves. But Onondaga Cave stands out from the rest. About a 30-minute drive from the Lodge, Onondaga's huge natural chamber is full of stalactites, stalagmites and other colorful deposits. It is a National Natural Landmark. Tours last just over an hour and cover almost a mile of the underground passages.

Onondaga Cave is open from 9am to 5pm from March 31 to October 31.

 

 

Onondaga Cave
Meramec Spring  

About 30 minutes from the Lodge, west of Steelville on Highway 8, you will find Meramec Spring Park. The spring is the fifth largest in Missouri and was once the site of Meramec Iron Works. The Meramec Museum houses natural and cultural history exhibits as well as a 500-gallon aquarium.

For anglers the Missouri Department of Conservation raises thousands of trout in ponds on the park grounds for release into the Springg Branch each day during trout season.

Fishing permits and trout tags are available at the park store.

Meramec Spring

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Onondage Cave State Park

Onondage Cave State Park

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With four bedrooms, two baths, the lodge's west wing sleeps 10 people comfortably (or 12 people with two hotel style rollout twin beds.) Guests will find ample closet and chest space.

Rose room

Rose Room

Bunk Room

Bunk Room

Red room

Red Room

Day room

Sun Room West

 

 

 

The Lodge
The Front Porch

 

View north from lodge
View to the North
Pond as seen from Lodge
The Pond

Miniature mule Jasper
Jasper

 

The stable
The Stable out Back

is iiis ideally located as either a destination or takeofff point for a variety of Courtois Creek float trips.

For 14-mile, all-day trip, floaters can leave from the Berryman Campground and reach River Oaks Ranch in 5 to 8 hours. Or floaters can leave from Blunt Road for a 7-mile trip that takes about 4 to 5 hours. If you prefer to leave from the property, you can float 6 miles Scotia (3 to 4 hours) or 11 miles to Onondaga Cave (6 to 7 hours).

Floaters can also leave from Berryman for an all-day float to River Oaks Ranch and loat again the next day to Onondage Cave (25 miles).