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

$40 Per Canoe, Includes 2 ppl. 

$18 for a 3rd Person.  (Max 3)
Paddles, life vests and trash bags are provided.
Canoes are a liesurely way to Float or Fish the Elk River! 

Raft Float Trips

Available for the Elk River Float only
6 Man Raft are $125

8 Man Rafts are $175
Inner Tubes & Cooler Tubes

• $15 each (4 Miles Only)

Inquire by Phone for Availability of 4 Man or 10 Man Rafts. 

Kayak Float Trips

The Big Elk kayaks are sit-on-top. 
One of the most popular vessels on the rivers today, Kayaks are a Sporty Way to Float the Elk River. 
Single Kayaks are $30
Double Kayaks are $40


Trip Options

Elk River Float Trips

Our most popular trip option is  from

Big Elk to Mt Shira Area

• 8 miles / 4 to 5 hours

We also have a 4 mile option beginning downstream from Big Elk and taking out at the Mt Shira Area.  

This trip is offered when water levels do not allow for the 8 mile trip. 


Other Trip Options

Other Trips We Offer


Cyclone to Big Elk

  • 12 miles / 6 to 7 hour
    Minimum of 2 Boats (Excludes Rafts)

Extra $50 fee for transport for this trip.

Floating Information

Canoe Float Extras

Seatbacks and Cushions are available for $5

Let us Shuttle your private boat! 
We charge $30 for either a Boat or Vehicle Shuttle. 

Inquire by phone for any questions about shuttle arrangements.

Pets are $10 each – Please leave pets at home when possible. Absolutely NO aggressive breeds.


Children must be 4 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 with Advance Quote in Place.  Group Discounts for Walk In Floaters is not an option at this 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

Basic Sites 

$15 per Adult (13 and Up)

$10 per Child (Ages 4-12)

*Children 3 and Under are No Charge.

RV Sites 

$40 for first two Guests

Each Additional Guest is charged the Basic Camping Rate. 

Day Passes are $10/Person and Expire at 7pm.

Pets are $10 each, per night.  There is a 2 pet Limit for Each Site.   Absolutely No Aggressive Breeds. 


• Large Beaches

• Free WiFi

• Two Clean Bathhouses, 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

The River House is perfect for your family or large group! 

Featuring 4,000 Square Feet this cabin sleeps 16 people comfortably.  

This Cabin rents for $600/night for Up to 16ppl.

Additional Guests are $50/night.

Your Stay includes a 1,000 ft span of Elk River Frontage.  A Beautiful Weekend Getaway you won't find anywhere else!

Learn more about The River House

The Hut

$75/Night for 3ppl or Less.

$25 for the 4th Person.

• Mini Fridge

• Microwave

• A/C

A Perfect Way to Beat the Heat.
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.