Items available for purchase at campground store:



Lighter Fluid



Picnic Supplies


Water Bottles


Kids Toys

Air Mattresses

Small Kayak Coolers

First Aid Kits

Fishing Gear

Swimming Masks


American Flags

AND much more!




T-Shirts and Hoodies


Sizes range from:

Youth Small - Adult XXL


*Due to our seasonal business, the office phone number will not be available until next season begins.






Campground Rates

  • Camping: (per person, per night)
  •       $8-   Monday through Thursday
  •     $10-   Friday through Sunday
  • Children 12 and Under are FREE
  • Electric Sites available
  • Day Pass- $5 (Until 7 PM)
  • Firewood- $10 (bundle of 25 sticks)
  • Ice- $2.50/bag


Floating Rates

  • 6 Man Rafts- 
  •     $150- Saturday
  •     $120- Sunday through Friday
  • 4 Man Rafts-
  •     $120- Saturday
  •     $90- Sunday through Friday
    • Canoes- $40
    • Kayaks- $25
    • Innertubes- $25
  • Have your own craft?
  •     Portages are only $15 if staying with BRC/BRO
  •     Portage are only $20 from outside     campgrounds


  •  * PLEASE NOTE*  If you are staying at a competitor's campground and are floating with Black River Outfitters, we have to abide by the policies and prices of where you are staying.


  • 100% advance payment required at the time of reservation. 
    • Please make out the camping checks to:
    •     Black River Camping
    • Please make out the floating checks to:
    •     Black River Outfitters
  • Cancellation policy:  cancellations and/or changes must be made 7 days in advance of your reservation.  Refunds will not be issued without 7 day notice.

  • Check-in:  After 1:00 pm.

  • Check-out:  11:00 am (unless other arrangements are made).

  • No Rain-Checks or refunds will be issued due to rain or inclement weather.

(Fees are subject to change without notice)


On Float Trips, we provide all customers floating the river with life jackets, a river bag, and paddles. Life jackets are NOT allowed to be used for tying your crafts together. All floating supplies provided must be returned at the end of the float.  Failure to return any of the items may result in additional charges.


Children under 16 are required to wear their provided life jacket at all times unless the child has his or her own jacket brought from home.


 Float trips can be booked through the campground.  The trips launch from the beach at our campground and end at Bearcat Getaway.  It is approximately 7 miles.  We suggest you begin your float by noon.  Please make transportation arrangements upon booking the float trip.

All craft are due at Bearcat Getaway by 5:00pm or a $10.00 late fee will be charged.  If you pass the take-out point, a $20.00 fee will be assessed.  Please look for the sign at Bearcat Take Out.  It is on the left hand side of the river.


"Under Missouri Law, an outfitter is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in paddlesport activities resulting from the inherent risks of paddlesport activites persuant to the Revised Statutes of Missouri."
Chapter 537 RSMO revised to 537.327
Campground and Floating Rules


  1. No glass containers.

  2. No firearms or weapons allowed in campground or on float trips, this includes guns, spears, or any other weapons. Does NOT include personal pocketknifes under 6 inches in length.

  3. No fireworks.

  4. No glitter, glitter bombs, or glitter of any sorts allowed in floating crafts.
  5. All guests must first register at the Office before entering the campground.

  6. Pets must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.  Do not attach leashes to trees.  Keep to a 10-ft. maximum length.

  7. No ATV's, 4-Wheelers or Dirt Bikes allowed.

  8. Damage to trees will incur a fine of $100.00 per inch per infraction.

  9. Campfires only allowed in fire-ring grills.  No Bonfires.  Please exercise extreme caution.  All fires must be put out before you leave.

  10. No under-age drinking. 

  11. Quiet Hours from 11:00 pm - 7:00 am.  Quiet Hours strictly enforced.  Non-compliance can result in eviction.  No loud radios, barking dogs or loud noise of any kind during Quiet Hours.

  12. No illegal drugs of any kind are allowed on the premises.  Violators will be arrested and prosecuted.

  13. All trash must be disposed of in proper containers.

  14. All vehicles must be parked and remain parked after 10:00 pm.

  15. No vehicles allowed at any time in the Black River.  No driving on gravel bars.  No off-roading in fields allowed.

  16. Speed limit is 10-mph in the campground.  Violators will be evicted from the premises.

  17. Some property along the river is privately owned.  Property and trees marked with purple paint means no trespassing.  Violators will be prosecuted and fines may be assessed.

  18. This campground is subject to flash flooding.  At times it may be necessary to vacate the campground.  The continuous horn sounding of a vehicle indicates you must vacate the campground immediately.

  19. FISHERMEN Please note:  the Black River is patrolled by the Missouri Conservation Department.  State fishing regulations apply, and fishing licenses may be obtained in Lesterville at any gas station or convenience store.

  20. FISHERMAN Please note: There are no spearguns allowed on the Black River.
  21. Please be kind to our trees, river and wildlife!  The campground is situated on a working cattle and hay ranch.  Destruction of fields and abuse of livestock will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

  22. Check-out time is at 11:00 am the day of your departure, unless other arrangements are made.  Check-out time is strictly enforced.

  23. Anyone refusing to comply with the above rules will be asked to pack and leave immediately, and any fees collected will be non-refundable.

  24. Horse Shoe Ranch Black River Camping is not responsible for theft of personal articles.

  25. Horse Shoe Ranch Black River Camping reserves the right to refuse accommodations.

  26. There is no lifeguard present at the river.  Swimming is at your own risk.  We are not responsible for accidents at the river.