Monday, 22 May 2017

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Spring 2017 Flood

Rain is a good thing, or at least according to Luke Bryan it is. He’s not wrong, but in some cases, too much rain is, well…too much rain. Last week was an example of this. Now, we’re no strangers to the rain and we love a rainy night as much as the next person, but last week was an exception. It rained, and rained, and kept raining, and then it rained some more. We expected the water to rise, but didn’t realize how high the water was about to get.

We had an abundance of rain over a short period of time, causing the rivers and creeks to rise rapidly. There was so much rain that even locals couldn’t remember the last time the water had been this high. Here at Bass’ River Resort, the Courtois got out of its banks and got all the way to the 2nd step of the stairs here at the main store, reaching through most of the parking lot and even putting the pool underwater. Most of campground and campsites were underwater as well. As of this writing, the Courtois is back to its crystal clear self and is in great shape for floating.

The Meramec River got higher than it has been in an extremely long time, if ever. The water got so high, it almost touched the bottom of the Hwy. 19 bridge, and covered the railroad bridge on Birdsnest Road.

The Meramec rose and stayed high for a longer period of time than the Courtois and Huzzah rivers. Many highways, roads, and bridges shut down in St. Louis and surrounding areas and stayed closed for days because of the flooding of the Meramec. This was not the case here. The smaller creeks and streams, including the Courtois and Huzzah, crest and fall as quickly as they rise.

So come visit us and see for yourself that we haven’t floated away! While the Meramec may not be in the best condition yet, the Courtois and Huzzah rivers are ready for floaters and we are open for business! We appreciate all the calls/texts/messages and prayers from our friends and customers during the flood and hope to see everyone soon!

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MoRoots 2017

MoRoots 2017

It's time once again music lovers!  MoRoots music festival is coming back to Bass' River Resort this April and we're getting pumped! The cards have been stacked this year with some national acts sprinkled in amoung the outstanding lineup of local and regional bands which are the focus of MoRoots.

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Get ready to get down for 3 days straight from April 27th to the April 29th.  Bands will be playing back to back, all night long, on 2 stages rigged with explosive sound and lighting!  No matter what type of music you're into, the wide range of music genres represented ensures there will be a little bit of something for everyone, even the kiddos!  There will be activities and workshops for kids throughout the weekend including a nature walk, parachute play, bubbles, kids yoga, and music just for them!

You will find vendors galore lining the path on your short walk from stage to stage.  Grab some chow from one of many food vendors and browse some artwork while you're on your way to check out the next act.  There will be plenty of different hand crafted goods for sale that it's going to be an extreme challenge to get home without buying something one of a kind!

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What would a music festival be without the camping?  You'll be happy to know that on-site festival style camping is included in the ticket price and you can be as close or as far away from the action as you want to be.  If that's not your thing and you prefer a roof and four walls, staying in one of our cabins might be more up your alley.  Bass' River Resort will provide all of the amenities and facilities you've come to expect from us.  So come on down to Bass' River Resort for MoRoots this year and have some good ole' FDIC!!

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For more detailed information on MoRoots, check out the facebook event page here!

 

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Riding for A Reason Charity Ride

Riding for A Reason Charity Ride

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Save the date....April 1, 2017!!!

Join us for the 3rd Annual Riding for A Reason (R4R) Charity UTV/ATV ride held right here at Bass' River Resort.  They have recently released the pricing...

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You can pre-register by clicking on the link in the upper right hand corner of our home page.

"Riding for A Reason was founded for the sole purpose to raise awareness of colon cancer and prevention while doing what we love to do - riding ATVs and Side by Sides!" - John Gunter, President of Riding for A Reason. 

There will be other activities/events throughout the day besides the ride, including: Silent Auction, Raffles, onsite Tshirt Vendor, Grudge Match Drag Racing, dinner and concert to name a few.  The dinner this year will be BBQ pulled pork instead of the fish fry that they have had in the past.  For the concert, JESSICA TIPTON will be opening for TYLER HAMMOND.  This is a day crammed full of fun and events that you do not want to miss! Reserve your package today!

 Watch for updates on their Facebook page, or to learn more about R4R and their other events , checkout their website. (You can also make donations on their site!)

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Fall is in the air!

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If you think of a cliché painting of fall time, that’s what it’s like here at Bass’ River Resort during that time of year, and that’s not a bad thing! All the trees turn shades of orange, red, and yellow and temperatures start to drop. You can smell autumn in the air. It’s the perfect time of year to be outside and go on an adventure, and Bass’ is the perfect place to help make that happen!

Besides camping (which is a fun choice all year long!), here at the resort we offer horseback riding, hayrides, hiking, and floating. We offer horseback riding that goes on trails through the campground, through the river bottom, and over mountains, and it is especially pretty in the fall. We even have a ride that goes out at sunset. When the sun is setting on the color changed trees and throughout the river bottom, it is breathtaking.

Other activities here at the resort that you can take part in include floating, hayrides, and hiking. Here at Bass’ River Resort we float year round, so floating when the scenery is beautiful is a treat! We have options for hayrides that end with a bonfire. Those rides are perfect for those cool fall evenings!

The Ozark Trail also comes through sections of our campground, so hiking is another great option for the fall season. For more information on the Ozark Trail, check out our other blog with information on it here on our website.

Another fall time option for the avid hunter and fisherman is a visit to the Huzzah Conservation Area. The following information is from their website, http://mdc7.mdc.mo.gov/applications/moatlas/AreaSummaryPage.aspx?txtAreaID=5702 :

“Huzzah Conservation Area is located in Crawford County. The area consists of 6,225 acres. Rugged forest terrain, the Meramec River and Huzzah and Courtois Creeks draw many visitors to this area. The Ozark Hiking Trail transects most of the area and allows hikers access to many of its unique features. The Narrows, located in the extreme southwest portion of the area, is a narrow hogback ridge divided between Huzzah and Courtois Creeks that features extremely steep topography and rapidly changing vegetation from ridge to creek bottom.

The remains of the Scotia Furnace and Iron Works are located on the property. The Scotia Furnace, built by John G. Scott, Robert Anderson, Thomas Howard and Anvil James, produced pig iron from 1870 to 1880. Much of the forest in the vicinity of the furnace remains was clearcut during that period to produce charcoal to fire the furnace.

The area is managed for a variety of game and non-game wildlife species. Timber harvests have been used to produce forage and cover for wildlife. Watering ponds and permanent food plots have been established for the benefit of wildlife.”

If you want to get out of the house this fall and take in some of the beauty of the Ozarks, come visit us at Bass’ River Resort! We guarantee that you’ll have a blast!

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Get out there and Explore!

While you're here visiting us this summer, don't forget that there is more things to do than just hang out at the resort! This week, I thought I'd highlight some of the tourist attractions close to Bass'! When you drive through Steelville, it may not look like much, but looks can be decieving. There are tons of award winning wineries, local shops, antique stores, restaurants, and other attractions.

      If you make the 10 mile drive into Steelville, you can get your shopping fix on, as well as grab a bite langeto eat. Lange General Store is an old time one-stop-shop located on Main Street. They have an assortment of nostalgic candies, sodas, and creeksideother items that will take you for a trip down memory lane. If you continue down the sidewalk, you will find Creekside Fudge & Gifts. The shop was purchased from its longtime owner this past fall, and has expanded to include local area themed t-shirts and other knick knacks, as well as some delicious fudge! There are a few other stores in town, including Yadkin Creek Mercantile and Edie's Backwoods Antiques, which you can check out as well.

     If you continue down the road another 10 miles or so to Cuba, there are two very well stocked antique stores located on the outer road by Interstate 44. Old Crow & Lonestar Antiques have a wide variety of items. There are a number of other stores in Cuba as well.

     If you're hungry and don't feel like one of our homemade pizzas from the store or cookingfountain over your campfire, there are plenty of local dining options as well. In Steelville, you can get some mouthwatering BBQ and steaks at Missouri Hick South, located right by the 3 way stop light in town. If an old fashioned burger and milkshake is more what you're thinking, Dairy Isle is the place to be! Another place that will take you a step back in time is The Fountain. They serve homemade ice cream, shakes, and floats, as well as serve gourmet food out of the old 1900s drug store/soda fountain.

     There is also a Chinese restaurant, Subway, Taste of Home Cafe, and Spare Rib Diner in Steelville. If you are in the mood for some south of the border flair, Riviera Maya in Cuba should definitely be on your list. It is located right across the railroad tracks from another local favorite, Frisco's Bar & Grill.pbvinfall

     If you are a wine connoisseur, there are lots of wineries for you to visit. Peaceful Bend Vineyard is located on Highway T in Steelville. This quaint little winery is tucked away in the woods, and has many award winning wines for you to sample. You can visit them at www.peacefulbend.com!

    Located stjameswineryalong the outer road in St. James, there is three must stop wineries/breweries to add to your list! St. James Winery has been producing wine for over 40 years and have become the most awarded winery in Missouri. You can visit them at www.stjameswinery.com! Right across the parking lot is Public House Brewery, specializing in craft beers. You can check them out at www.publichousebrewery.com! If you continue down the outer road, you will find yet another winery, Meramec Vineyards. Find out more about them at www.meramecvineyards.com!

     When you come down for your visit this summer, make sure to check out all our local businesses! You can also go to www.exploresteelville.com for more information on these businesses, as well as others not mentioned!

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