So Much Water Volume 1 Issue 3 Summer 2015 - Page 82

Another White Ribbon section starts at the Cedar Grove Bridge and ends at Akers Ferry. Which, by the way, is the only remaining Ferry boat in Missouri not operating on the Mississippi river (five other ferry boats operate on the Mississippi).

The same White Ribbon rules apply as in the park except there are no bait restrictions here. Live bait cannot be used in the park. This section is stocked monthly with Rainbows and twice monthly from March through June. Rainbows are taken from the water here almost as fast as they are put in. Those MDC stocking trucks are hard to hide and the cell phone network is pretty active and aggressive about getting their state subsidized Rainbow allotment.

Several National Park campgrounds are available and are classified as Developed, Backcountry or Primitive. Cedar Grove is the first and is classified as Backcountry. Meaning that there is vault toilets and maybe a fire ring and lantern post. All Backcountry sites are first come first gets a campsite. Other locations may require reservations. You can check on sites and make reservations at;

http://www.nps.gov/index.htm

Other options include many privately owned campgrounds with varying degrees of amenities. Some more family friendly than others, so do a little research to locate a place best suited for your expectation.

The Cedar Grove to Akers landing trip is one of the most popular floats. So expect to see other floaters especially during the summer months. You can avoid a good portion of the crowds by starting early or put in after 12 for an evening trip.