enjoy the Lodge With
Friends and Family

We've hosted reunions for guests from 23 states and 14 countries.


Come treat yourself to Ozark elegance, Ponderosa style. You deserve it!

Comfortably sleeps up to 16. With a front porch that offers a panoramic view of the Courtois River Valley, a 30 x 30 great room, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen and a dining room designed for feasts, River Oaks Lodge offers space, comfort and elegance for relaxing and enjoying the company of family and friends.


Great room amenities include piano, wi-fi, wi-fi-enabled HDTV, stereo and dvd player, as well as a game table and wet bar.


The gourmet kitchen features two cooking alcoves, including a Jenn-Air grill and griddle. Guests also have access to an outdoor gas grill.


Just outside the lodge guests can build a bonfire in the cedar grove's fire ring or stroll down to the lake to fish for bass, blue gill, catfish and crappie.

Float the
Courtois River

With a quarter mile of river access, guests can plan a canoe/kayak/raft trip that begins or ends at our gravel bar beach. River Oaks Ranch staff can arrange rental and shuttle services with local outfitters.


Explore the
Ozark Trail

A favorite destination of Midwest hikers, cyclists and equestrians, this Missouri treasure passes just outside the River Oaks Ranch gate.


Go on a Trail Ride

Bring your own horses and ride the estate and the adjoining trails. Or we can arrange for a guided trail ride with local outfitters.


Bring Your Camera

The estate, the Courtois, the Ozark Trail and the Mark Twain National Forest are a photographer's dream. Wildlife you might encounter include eagles, hawks, herons, wild turkeys and deer. Capture trail overlooks and waterfalls, red bud and dogwood, wildlife and wildflowers. The possibilities are endless..



Gather in Total Comfort at Our
200-Acre Estate in the Heart of
The Mark Twain National Forest
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For Reservations
Call 314-270-2986

Lodge Highlights

  • Comfortably sleeps up to 16
  • Elegant surroundings
  • Fully equipped gourmet kitchen
  • 30 x 30 Great Room with 20-foot fireplace, piano, wi-fi-enabled HDTV, stereo, DVD player, game table and wet bar
  • 30-foot furnished porch with panoramic view of the Courtois River Valley
  • Spacious master suite with sun room, library and bath
  • Bedroom wing with 2 baths and 4 bedrooms
  • Wi-fi
  • Laundry facilities

Estate and Area Highlights

  • Secluded estate setting
  • Guided trail rides at either of two local outfitters within 10 minutes of the Lodge
  • River access with gravel bar and beach
  • Fishing lake on property; fly fishing nearby
  • Bonfire ring in cedar grove behind the Lodge
  • Hiking, biking and equestrian trails
  • Stable and riding ring
  • 10 minutes to Bass River Resort or Huzzah Valley canoe rentals
  • Choice of three different floatable streams all within 10 minutes
  • Property located on the Ozark Trail
  • 12 miles to Steelville and concerts at Wildwood Springs Lodge
  • Wineries and golf courses close by
  • Day trips to Maramec Spring and Onondaga Cave Parks
  • Antiquing in and around Steelville

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Driving Time

From St. Louis: about 1½ hours

From Kansas City: about 3½ hours



Aerial image of River Oaks Ranch, Steelville, Missouri

An Ozark Family Vacation

Just outside of Steelville, Missouri, River Oaks Ranch is a magical getaway where friends and family can relax and reconnect. The lodge and grounds are a perfect site for family vacations, reunions, small corporate retreats and weddings.


Estate grounds extend for more than 200 acres through the rolling Ozark Mountains in the heart of the Mark Twain National Forest. Walk out of the ranch gate and you are on the Ozark Trail, a scenic Missouri treasure with hundreds of miles of hiking/riding/equestrian trails.


Graciously appointed with antiques, artwork, Persian carpeting and many other comforts, River Oaks Lodge is still a welcoming place for families, with plenty of room inside and out for children to play and explore. The 10-foot dining room table seats 12, with another table nearby that seats 6. The 30x30 great room has a fireplace that spans 20 feet!


Step out of the great room onto the 30-foot furnished porch and have your morning coffee while enjoying a panoramic view of the Courtois River Valley and Missouri Ozark mountain ridges. The lodge sleeps up to 16 comfortably, with five spacious bedrooms and three baths.


Guests who want to enjoy a fire can gather around the fire pit in the cedar grove behind the Lodge. A fishing lake stocked with catfish, bass and crappie lies just outside the door.


Guided trail rides are also available at either of two local outfitters within 10 minutes of the estate. Ranch staff can arrange these for you.