Elk River Float Trips & Camping in Pineville Missouri

Canoeing | Rafting | Kayaking

The Elk River and Big Sugar Creek, have become popular destinations for floaters and campers in the Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri area for years. We offer a variety of floating options from rafting with large groups to kayaking and canoeing. Reserve your family float trip on the beautiful Elk River in Pineville, Missouri today!

Canoe Float Trips

2 people per canoe

• $38 weekday

• $40 weekend

• Extra person $18

Paddles, life vests and trash bags are provided.

Raft Float Trips

Available for the Elk River Float only
6 Man Raft

• Weekday $100

• Weekend $120

8 Man Raft

• Weekday $160

• Weekend $160

Inner Tubes & Cooler Tubes

• $15 each (4 Miles Only)

Kayak Float Trips

The Big Elk kayaks are sit-on-top.

• 1 person $25

• 2 person $40

Trip Options

Kayak Float Trips

The Big Elk kayaks are sit-on-top.

• 4 miles / 2 to 3 hours

Big Rock to Big Elk

• 8 miles / 4 to 5 hours

Cyclone to Big Elk

• 12 miles / 6 to 7 hours

• Minimum of 2 Boats
(Excludes Rafts)

Extra $50 fee for transport for this trip.

Elk River Float Trips

Big Elk to Mt. Shira area

• 8 miles / 4 to 5 hours

Floating Information

Canoe Float Extras

• Cushions are $2.00 each

• Backrests are $3.00 each

• We shuttle your privately owned canoes for $30 each.

• Dogs are $10 each – Please leave dogs at home when possible. Absolutely NO aggressive breeds.


Children must be 3 years old or older to float.
4 persons in a canoe will not be allowed.

Group Discounts

Group discounts are available before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Weekdays – all the time. For group discounts to apply they must be collected and paid by the group coordinator.  You must have 40+ people in your party to qualify for group discounts.


Camping Rates

• Tent Camping – $12 per person

• RV & Pop-ups, 2 people – $35 Extra persons are $12 each

• Day Pass $8 per person (expires at 7:00 pm)

• Kids 6 and under – Free

• Dogs are $10 per dog. Please leave dogs at home when possible. Absolutely NO aggressive breeds.


• Large Beaches

• Free WiFi

• Two Clean Bathhouses with Hot Showers

• Volleyball Court

• Snacks & Tackle

• Basketball court

• Campground critters

Enjoy the great outdoors with all the comforts of home at Big Elk’s Family Campground in Pineville, Missouri.
Our Camping rates are based on a per day basis.

Cabins & Lodging

The River House

• 4,000 sqft

• Sleeps 16 people

• 1,000 ft span of riverfront

• $560 per night

• If your party is larger than 16 people, each extra person is $35. 

Learn more about The River House!

The Hut

• Sleeps 4 people

• Mini Fridge

• Microwave

• A/C

• $80 per night

Learn more about The Hut!

Reservation Policy for all Floating, Camping and Cabin Rentals

• Full deposit required for floating and camping reservations for Saturday and Holiday Weekends.

• Full payment required for all RV, camping, boating, raft and cabin rental reservations 7 days prior to arrival for most summer weekend visits. 7 day cancellation notice required for refund, less a 10% cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellation within 7 or fewer days of scheduled arrival date.

• Float trips are made rain or shine. If extreme weather conditions prevent starting your float by 1 pm, you will be issued a raincheck for the date of your choice, based on availability.

• No refunds or rainchecks on camping.

Call for holiday pricing! 417-223-4635

Alcohol Policy

We are a family friendly campground. Please act respectfully and drink responsibly.