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Old Cove Canoe & Kayak

Float & Kayak the Meramec River near St. Louis, MO

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Food & Drink

  • There are no convenient stores close to Old Cove.
  • Please bring your own ice, drinks. etc.
  • No glass or styrofoam on the river

Welcome to Moselle, MO

Come float down the Meramec River near St. Louis with us! We offer two Meramec float trips at Old Cove Canoe & Kayak.

Start times begin at 9 a.m., with arrival time no later than 1 p.m. Both Meramec River float trips start upstream and float back to your car. Our longer float is for canoes and kayaks only.

We have plenty of gravel bars and bluffs for you to enjoy on both floats. Our stretch of the Meramec is all stream, creek, and spring fed.

See the historic iron furnace built in 1849 and more. Join us on a fun and relaxing float today!

Moselle Iron Furnace in the wilderness

The Best Float on the Meramec River

Best in the Business

I’ve floated this river a lot and Darryl and Cathy are the best in the business. For a smaller canoe rental, they have a lot to choose from. kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoes, or rafts you can't go wrong with any of them. The ride to the put in, is a short drive away and the float is long enough with plenty of gravel bars to stop at to have a great time. They also give back to the community and the river by supporting Operation Clean Stream every year. Support this smaller canoe business and enjoy the best the Meramec has to offer.

– Linda Harris Huelsmann on Facebook
Great Customer Service

I messed up and got the wrong date. Sent an email and it was taken care of very quickly. They even called to confirm. That goes a long way in my book. Somebody that actually practices customer service! I'm coming back next weekend.

– Scott Weaver on Google
Excellent operation!

I come here time and time again. The staff is friendly and helpful. I love the float trip. The proximity to Saint Louis cannot be beat. Excellent operation!

– Jeremiah Brown on Google
Friendly Staff

Reservation, waivers and payment were all conveniently handled online. Check-in was easy and every staff member was extremely helpful and friendly. We will definitely be return customers!

– Elizabeth Cockrell on Google
Legit Website Reservations

Wanted something closer to St Louis for floating and I’ve found it! Less than an hour and you’re there. Legit website reservations. Kayak includes floatation devices and seat cushions. Show up around your reservation time and they bus you to your drop off spot.

– Aaron Barbee on Google
A Stress-Free Float

My neighbors did a group outing and I was very impressed with Old Cove Canoe and Kayak. We were able to handle all the paperwork online so the day of the float was not chaotic with wavers etc... The staff was very friendly and informative. Gave us detail instructions on halfway point, average time the float should take and where to stop and play if we wanted to make the float last longer. They made it a stress-free float for me.

– Karen Johnson on Google
Will definitely be back!

Went kayaking with my wife, brother and his wife. Had a great time, we were out on the water in less than half an hour of arriving and the stretch of river was beautiful. Will definitely be back.

– Corey Scanlon on Google
Friendly Staff and Quick Check In

Everyone was friendly - everyone. Check in was quick. Map your directions to their location before you leave- cell service is sketchy out there. They have a short float and a long float. My wife and I did the long one, including a lunch and snack stop, in about 5 hours. We did paddle off/on because there wasn’t a breeze. Take your time and have a great time. I’m totally going back!! :)

– Aaron Barbee on Google
Such a well-run operation!

The online booking, confirmations, parking, check-in, shuttle, launch, and exit were all efficient. The staff was super-friendly, and the kayak float itself was peaceful and fun, with plenty of nice spots to stop along the way.

– K Cimarolli on Google
My First Float on Meramec

This is a GREAT place to go. It was my first float. The staff was very helpful. They helped us in and out of the water. They did everything to make our day enjoyable.

– D.J. on Facebook
A Great Experience!

First time visiting Old Cove Canoe and Kayak. The owners’ hospitality was much appreciated!! We were underprepared without ice and coolers for our drinks and they lent us their own. A great experience and great price! Highly Recommend.

– Alesha K. on Facebook
Helpful Staff

Been going here for the past three seasons and couldn’t be more pleased with every float we’ve had. Darryl and his crew are always kind, respectful and extremely helpful loading and unloading all your coolers and gear for the float. Highly recommend!

– Daniel A. on Facebook