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The Des Moines River Serves As The Ultimate Lazy River For Summer Fun

The Des Moines River near Boone Iowa, is the ultimate lazy river experience in Iowa. What better way to spend summer, than by spending it on the water with friends? Seven Oaks Rec in Boone Iowa is the perfect outfitter in the area. They are located at 1086 222nd Dr, in Boone, Iowa. You can check prices and make reservations by clicking here.

Seven Oaks Has kayaks, canoes, and river tubes. So no matter how you choose to float the river, they have you covered! On top of that, they also provide full shuttle service, so you won’t need to worry about catching a ride back to your car.

The Des Moines River is great for river tubing! Passing under the staggering 185 ft. tall Kate Shelley High Bridge, this seven mile stretch of the river is rich with scenery and great sandbars to park along.

The tube float is normally 3-5 hours of on the water fun! Enjoy a scenic float that will take you under one of the longest and highest double-track railway bridges in the world, with trains passing 185 feet overhead approximately every 15 minutes.

This is one of those float trips you and your friends will remember for years to come! As an added bonus, the river is only a short drive from the beautiful Ledges State Park.

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16 Of The Most Unique Vacation Homes In The Midwest

Broken Arrow Campground Teepee-Missouri

The Broken Arrow Campground is centrally located around some of Missouri’s most popular destinations. For a more unique lodging experience, consider staying in one of the river side tipi’s. All Tipi’s  have 2 queen Beds, AC, small refrigerator, microwave, K cup coffee maker, bathrooms nearby, has a small place for a fire, and  is a stones throw away from the river. The tipi’s go for $175 a night, with a 2 night minimum, sleeps 4. Additional guests  are $15, up to 8 people.  The Broken Arrow Campground is located at 18227 arrowhead loop in Eminence, Missouri. For more information, click here.

Happy Dayz Houseboat-Missouri

The Lost Hill Lake Happy Dayz Houseboat is the perfect place to escape for a weekend away!  The Happy Dayz Houseboat offers comfortable amenities, such as air conditioning and heat, a private kitchen and deck cozy furnishings, a comfortable mattresses and is uniquely decorated throughout.Lost Hill Lake is located at 783 Lost Hill Lake Rd , in Central Township, Missouri. For booking and availability, click here.  

The Floating Cabin- Illinois

This newly renovated Floating Cabin features retro vibes and beautiful views of the Mississippi River backwaters. The cabin sit directly in the water and is available for rent year round. This Floating Cabin is located at 780 Harbor Dr, East Dubuque, Illinois, and is available by clicking herePrices start at just $246 per night!

The Silo-Missouri

Location Location Location! This unique lodging destination is surrounded by some of Missouri’s most popular Parks and Attractions! The Silo is a very unique vacation home located in Bonne Terre Missouri on a private lake. For more information, or to check availability, click here. This unique vacation home can host up to 5 adults, and has two bedrooms with three beds and one bathroom. There is also a electric fire place, as well as an outdoor propane fire pit!

Covered Wagon-Missouri

Otahki Lake Cabins and Campground opened in May of 2022 and made an immediate splash and right away began giving guests a memorable camping experience.  The Campground features 44 RV sites with full hookup, 15 deluxe cabins, 8 primitive cabins, 4 covered wagons with heat and air, and 4 glamping tents. You can plan a romantic getaway for two or rent a cabin for up to seven people for a group gathering. whether you prefer roughing it with the glamping tents or primitive cabins, or prefer a little more luxury in the covered wagons or deluxe cabins. There is something for everyone.  Otahki Lake Cabins and Campground is located at 1224 Wayne 318, in Patterson, Missouri. For more information, or to make reservations, click here.

Shawnee Hills Glamping Retreat-Illinois

The Shawnee Hills Glamping Retreat is a luxury glamping dome found just minutes from some of the Midwest’s most scenic sites! The Shawnee Hills Glamping Retreat is a luxury camping dome that offers a unique and memorable way to experience the great outdoors. This dome is designed to provide a luxurious and relaxing camping experience, while still allowing guests to feel connected to nature. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding scenery from inside the dome, thanks to the large windows and skylights.  These incredible accommodations are located at 32 Cedar Grove Road, in Simpson, Illinois. For more information or to check availability, click here.

Camp Long Creek Missouri-

At Camp Long Creek you can enjoy an incredible camping experience without sacrificing any of the comforts of home. Spend the night in a luxurious glamping tent, complete with a picturesque view of Table Rock Lake. Each site covers a spacious 280 square feet lot and comfortably sleeps two guests.  These amazing units come with a full list of amenities including free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, heating and a/c, electricity, complimentary s’mores and water, a king size canopy bed, a table and chairs, a refrigerator, and a private stone room with firepit and outdoor tub. Camp Long Creek is located at  190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale. For more information, click here.

Camp Aramoni-Illinois

Camp Aramoni is an amazing place where nature meets luxury! This stunning campground brings world-class hospitality to the great outdoors.  This boutique campground is the first of its kind in Illinois and offers fully immersive experiences including lavish safari-style tents, inclusive meals and on-site activities in a lush forest along the Vermillion River.   Camp Aramoni is located at 809 N 2199 Rd in Tonica, IllinoisFor more information, or to make a reservation, click here

Ozark Mountain Adventure-Missouri

Nestled on fifty-three acres in the heart of Branson, Missouri, a destination known for its attractions, shows and lakes, is Ozark Mountain Adventure, offering a peaceful and secluded glamping adventure for those looking to unplug, rejuvenate, and renew. Leave the tents and camping gear at home and book online today – we think you’ll enjoy Branson’s first glamping adventure. There are currently three gorgeous glamping tents available, each with its own unique style and set up. This incredible resort is located at 1720 Sunset Inn Road, in Branson, MissouriFor more information, click here

The Woodland House-Wisconsin

This is the perfect romantic weekend getaway location. Beautiful setting, gorgeous accommodations, and privacy, are just a few of the things you will find at the Woodland House. The cabin has one bedroom, that features a queen sized bed, a full bath, a fully equipped kitchen, wireless internet, and a wood-stove fireplace! On the outside, there is a patio with fire pit, a wrap around deck, a charcoal grill, an hiking trails with lots of trees! This gorgeous home is located in Richland Center WisconsinCheck prices and availability right here.

The Cave House- Missouri

The Cave House is a unique home built around a cave entrance located on the Stone Park property. The Cave House is located at 8614 Berry Road in beautiful Bonne Terre, Missouri. For more information, or to check prices and availability, click here.  One thing I can say about this vacation home is location, location, location! The Cave House is surrounded by some of the best parks and attractions in the Midwest.  The interior features 3 luxury bedrooms, 2 baths and a full kitchen. The living area contains beautiful natural limestone formations and a fireplace. The Cave House also showcases an indoor pond sanctuary, complete with waterfalls, live goldfish and more. Cable TV and wifi are available.

Dunlap hollow Cave Home-Ohio

The Cave is an innovative and eco-friendly cave house, built into a natural recess cave on the Dunlap Hollow property. With plenty of natural light, decadent decor, and luxurious amenities, the Dunlap Hollow Cave is the one-of-a-kind stay that you’ve been looking for. Located in Hocking Hills Ohio. The master bedroom has a king sized bed, there is also two full bathrooms, and a beautiful kitchen. You will also find a pool table, fire place, an impressive library of books, high speed internet, and a television. The main attraction on the patio is the six person hot-tub. Visit their website, right here.

Kc Lovestream-Missouri

The KC Lovestream as its known, is a fully renovated Airstream with a hot-tub and so much more! The KC Lovestream is the most unique & peaceful Vacation Rental in Kansas City, and perhaps the entire country! This vacation rental has one bedroom with a queen sized bed and can comfortably sleep 2 adults. The KC Lovestream is equipped with a stocked kitchen, a designer bathroom, ICE COLD AC in the summer months and powerful central heat during the winter! And YES it even has a real flushing toilet!  For more information or to check pricing and availability, click here.

Paul Bunyan’s Guest House-Minnesota

This unique vacation home is inspired by Minnesota’s legend: Paul Bunyan. The exterior of the home resembles a log stump and Paul’s red ax on the side. But get this, there’s actually a whirlpool tub tucked inside the Ax! Inside, a floor to ceiling stone fireplace will catch your eye. The custom log furniture completes the home. Between the two bedrooms, there are two queen beds and two sets of bunk beds. From the loft area upstairs, step outside to your private deck which overlooks Leech Lake. For more information, click here.

The Geodome-Missouri

The Geo Dome in the woods is a unique nature retreat, finally available in beautiful Eagle Rock Missouri. This is a one-of-a-kind adventure, perfect for those looking for a unique and memorable getaway! The Dome is surrounded by extraordinary natural beauty within a wooded geological oasis. A wet-weather creek carves a path through the property, which forms a beautiful hollow with unique rock formations and seasonal waterfalls! The Geo Dome has 300 square feet of living space with an 11 foot ceiling. The Dome has a plush queen-size bed, linens, blankets, and a queen air mattress for additional sleeping space. It also includes a small kitchenette, dining set, and basic utensils. The Dome is fully equipped with electricity and lighting for added convenience. Additional amenities include a mini fridge w/ freezer, water dispenser, coffee maker, toaster oven, electric griddle, games, books, etc. To check prices and availability, click here.

Barney Creek Retreat-Missouri

Barney Creek Retreat offers pet friendly glamping next to next to the Mark Twain National Forest. Two Unique glamping yurts nestled 3/4 of a mile off the road on private property, next to the Mark Twain National Forest. Located 18 miles outside of Salem, Missouri, in the beautiful Ozark Mountains! For more information, or to check availability, click here.

Berry Falls On The Niobrara River In Nebraska Is A Delight For Those Floating The River

Berry Falls are a beloved and well known stop for regular floaters of the Niobrara National Scenic River. The Berry Falls are located adjacent to Berry Bridge on Berry Bridge Road on the South bank of the river, near Valentine Nebraska. For more information, click here.

These 8 foot tall waterfalls flow directly into the Niobrara River and are a welcome site for floaters. They signal the change from floating in the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge to floating through private lands.

Photo credit to Jeffrey Hamilton

There are two private canoe, kayak, and tube landing/launches on the Northern bank of the river as well as a public restroom, a section for public parking, and great views of the Berry Falls from all angles.

Photo Credit to Ben Prepelka

We love viewing the falls from the Berry Bridge in every season. The falls flow year-round and under the guise of a gentle snowfall bring a sense of calm and stillness. The sound of the falls feeding into the river with the echoes of laughter from floaters rings in the summer season.


Floaters on the river take their time passing these waterfalls; it is rare to get so close to waterfalls while floating the Niobrara River. Many of the other waterfalls are tucked up and into canyons or are too high up on the river walls for visitors to feel the spray and splash of the flow.

Climbing on the Berry Falls is not allowed. The land of that river bank is actually privately owned, and the owners would like to preserve the structure of the Berry Falls for many years and visitors to come.

 

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Enjoy A Short And Scenic Hike To Wagner Falls In Beautiful Michigan

Wagner Falls Scenic Site is nestled among old-growth pine and hemlock trees just 1.5 miles south of Munising. A .1-mile trail connects a small parking area to an observation deck overlooking the falls. Wagner Falls Scenic Site is located at  Junction Of M-28 And M-94MunisingMichigan. For more information, click here.

Wagner Falls is a beautiful and easily accessible waterfall with a height of 20 feet. The watersouce for the falls is Wagner Creek. This waterfall is stunning for those who enjoy photographing waterfalls, or for those who would like to find a peaceful spot to enjoy.

Wagner Falls is one of the Upper Peninsula’s many impressive waterfalls and is frequently visited along with other Munising area falls such as Horseshoe Falls. Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park is located 27 miles to the west along M-94.

There are no restrooms and no water, so please plan accordingly. Pets are welcome but must always be on a 6-foot leash and under an owner’s immediate control.

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Tahquamenon Falls State Park Offers a Gorgeous Hike With An Amazing Waterfall

The centerpiece of Tahquamenon Falls State Park’s nearly 50,000 acres is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls viewable from multiple accessible overlooks. The Upper Falls, one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River, has a drop of nearly 50 feet, is more than 200 feet across and has a maximum water flow of more than 50,000 gallons per second. Just 4 miles downstream is the Lower Falls, which consists of a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island that can be reached by a rowboat rented from a park concession.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses nearly 50,000 acres and stretches 13-plus miles in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The park is home to multiple campgrounds, overnight lodging facilities, a boating access site, 35-plus miles of trails and multiple overlooks to the Upper and Lower Falls.

There’s a fee-based shuttle that transports visitors between the Upper and Lower Falls. The schedule varies by season, contact the park directly for updated schedules.

The 200-feet-wide Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. The river’s amber color is caused by tannins leached from the cedar, spruce and hemlock trees in the swamps drained by the river, and the extremely soft water churned by the action of the falls causes the river’s trademark large amounts of foam. Just 4 miles downstream is the Lower Falls, consisting of a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. The falls can be viewed from the riverbank and accessible Ronald A. Olson Island Bridge, or by a rowboat rented from a park concession.

The North Country Trail travels 16 miles within the park, and includes a route between the Upper and Lower Falls. Thank you to the North Country Trail Association Hiawatha Shore-to-Shore Chapter.

Black bear, coyote, otter, deer, fox, porcupine, beaver and abundant bird life, including spruce grouse, pileated woodpeckers, bald eagles and a variety of waterfowl and songbirds can be found in the park. Moose are occasionally seen feeding in the wet areas of the park, especially along M-123 between Paradise and the Lower Falls.

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