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Holzhauser's Bar & Grill
Portland Trailhead

Rivers Edge RV Park & Campground
10512 Main Cross Street, Portland
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Portland Holzhouser's Bar and Grill
Denise and Mike from Lees Summit MO on 11/02/2017 01:22 PM:
This was the first place we found open for food and drink since we left Coopers Landing (Easley). They were friendly and welcoming. The burgers are good. We truly appreciated finding a place to stop. Thanks for being there and thanks for being so friendly to the Katy bikers.

Marc MkKoy from Collinsville on 08/13/2017 01:20 PM:
Stayed at Rivers Edge last night. Had a hard time getting a hold of them by phone so I called the bar, Holzhausers, and asked them if they knew if the campground was full. They said no, and it was worth the chance to ride there (from Tebbetts) on the chance there would be a spot.

Got there and called the number on the sign at the bathroom and the woman came down with a key to unlock it and take money. She also wanted to cut the grass (was about 3 inches tall) and I now wish she would have waited because I had wet grass clippings all over the place afterwards, but oh well. She showed me the bathroom/shower and it was pretty clean. She swept up anyway.

I asked her if there were towels. She said no, that most campgrounds don't provide towels and soap. I had stayed at Cooper's Landing the night before and they had soap and towels in their shower. Note to self: Bring towel and soap next trip.

Had something to eat at the bar (usual bar food fare) then met her back at the camp since she was finishing up the grass and brought me a towel since I didn't have one. That was nice. She was very friendly and accommodating.

The campground... you can hang a hammock, but options are limited. The trees I used were probably over 20 ft. apart and with my straps, were about the limit for a comfortable hang. From what I saw, you could probably squeeze 2 hammocks into the area comfortably even though she said there were some trees back in the woods that some people have used, but be prepared for mosquitoes. There are power outlets on the front and back of the shower shed, as well as a water faucet at the back with city water. The shower had a light that could be left on at the front if you need it.

The bar was open until about 1:30 and the folks leaving made a little noise, but not real bad. It is right across from the campground. There was some activity at the boat ramp across the road as well until late, but if you're sleepy it shouldn't be a bother. It was pretty quiet the rest of the night, except for my having insomnia and only sleeping maybe 2 hours the whole night. My bad. Good thing I only had a 18 mile ride to Hermann in the morning to catch the train.

I'd stay there again, for sure. The facilities were clean and price, reasonable. Bring your own towel and soap. Opt for tall grass over mowed. :p

Friend from Portland, MO on 02/05/2017 04:49 PM:
This Bar and Grill has new ownership and is now called Holzhauser's Bar & Grill.

janet from Smithville, MO on 05/17/2016 02:09 PM:
Is this campground open in 2016? Haven't seen any updates yet for this year.

Anonymous on 05/17/2016 02:48 PM:
Which one??

Allen from Kansas City, MO on 06/02/2014 12:35 PM:
The bar and grill up the hill from the trail at first appeared closed but the side door had an open sign. The burgers were good and they have a little refrigerator filled with soda, Gatorade, and energy drinks. Very glad we stopped! The staff was friendly; the locals looked a little bewildered by us.

camping in May 2011
Janae from Kansas City on 03/22/2011 03:03 PM:
I'm considering staying here in late May. Is this campground still open? What are the facilities like? Do you feel it's safe?

MidSouth from Rogersville, MO on 03/22/2011 03:15 PM:
You didn't mention which campground??

glen from williamsburg mo on 04/23/2012 05:32 PM:
riverport bar is the best place to eat on the trail, tell tony and darlene hello. they own the bar. the campground is safer than any place you would ever camp

Riverfront Bar & Grill
justbreathe from st. louis on 09/12/2011 02:33 PM:
Great food and friendly staff! Definitely worth the stop!!

Beth from Denver on 09/12/2011 08:42 PM:
What town is it in?

gene from Indiana on 09/12/2011 11:43 PM:
Portland. I've camped at Portland twice and ate both times at the Riverfront Bar and Grill. Of course, with a population of 87 people, there's not much else. New Owners took over last year.

justbreathe from st. louis on 09/15/2011 04:39 PM:
The hamburger wasn't a preformed patty...it was made by hand and I have to tell you it was the juiciest hamburger I've ever had!

LSC from Columbia, MO on 10/09/2011 04:42 PM:
Great burger! Hit the spot after riding the trail. Great bunch of locals in the place - lots of fun!

Riverfront Bar & Grill (Portland)
Dot from Florida on 10/11/2010 02:29 AM:
Fantastic food, great friendly new owners, clean. Would make the drive there just for the huge fish sandwich. Sooooooooooo good. Keep up with the cleanliness and friendly atmosphere and you'll go far. Loved the grand opening. Will definitely be there the next time I am in Missouri.

Rivers Edge RV Park & Campground (Portland)
Jodi from Buckner, MO on 10/04/2010 11:54 PM:
Has anyone been able to reach the campground by phone? Been trying and only get busy signal. Do they have RV elec/water hookups? Tried to reserve in Bluffton and Hermann, but they're booked for next weekend. River's Edge appears to be next closest site for where we are hoping to bike the trail. Would hate to show up Sat. morning and find them booked solid also! Help!

Doug from Bluffton on 10/05/2010 09:47 PM:
They are having problems with their phone. They do have spots available, 7 tent 7 RV with hook ups. Try Melody on cell. 573 220 8620

Jodi from Buckner, MO on 10/06/2010 08:28 PM:
Thanks so much for the information Doug!! I called and left a message.

Harold from Rolling Prairie, IN on 10/07/2010 01:58 AM:
The people that own the campground live straight west of there. A friend and I camped

there last Tuesday (9/28) and there was a fifth wheel camper there that had been there for a

worker. Better have food for breakfast as there's not much on the trail in that area. The new

owners of the Riverfront Bar and Grill have made improvements but don't open until 11 AM.

Luckily we had snacks as we rode back to St Charles. Tent fee is $10.

Rivers Edge RV Park & Campground (Portland)
Kate from Cleveland on 08/23/2010 02:16 PM:
Hi! I'm planning to camp here in mid-September on a Friday night. Tried calling but no answer. Apparently no e-mail either, or website. Do I need a reservation for a Friday night? Thanks for any info ~~ tailwinds ~~


stevieville from saint louis, MO on 08/23/2010 03:38 PM:
I would try the nearby Steamboat Junction Campground listed under Bluffton, MO at this site, which will give you a little less primitive camping experience(if you get my drift) than the campground in Portland.

Gene on 08/28/2010 03:05 AM:
I stayed there one night last October. It was great. You'll be up above the trail. The

people that own the campground live about 100 yards +/- straight west of the campground.

The fee was $10. Set your tent up and they'll come to collect. The bathroom is great with hot

showers in it. If you need food, the River's Edge Bar and Grill is up the hill if they are open.

You enter from the side door. Portland isn't too big and the Missouri River is just down the

hill. There is a trail toilet next to the trail. The campground is up from there about 100 feet

with multi levels. I'll be on the trail I hope in late September.

Jodi from Buckner, MO on 10/04/2010 11:53 PM:
Has anyone been able to reach the campground by phone? Been trying and only get busy signal. Do they have RV elec/water hookups? Tried to reserve in Bluffton and Hermann, but they're booked for next weekend. River's Edge appears to be next closest site for where we are hoping to bike the trail. Would hate to show up Sat. morning and find them booked solid also! Help!

Riverfront Bar & Grill (Portland)
cindy baker from Fulton, MO on 09/12/2010 11:32 PM:
The bar has just gotten a big face lift and new owners. Grand Re-

Opening is September 25, 2010. Come and see the changes.

Gene on 09/13/2010 03:35 AM:
Thanks for the information. I camped there at Portland and ate at the River's Edge. Plan to

come down with a friend the last week of September and will try to stop sept 28th (maybe).

Riverfront Bar & Grill (Portland)
Lonnie from Kansas City on 10/06/2009 03:22 PM:
Enjoyed a great catfish sandwich but they do not take credit cards so go prepared. Very friendly atmosphere. Would like to come back here someday.

Rivers Edge RV Park & Campground (Portland)
Chuck Gulker from Dublin, Ohio on 09/11/2009 08:50 AM:
I stayed at the Rivers Edge on Saturday and again on Wednesday of this past week. This is a very nice campground for tent camping. There were about 8 tent sites, each with a fire pit. Several wooden picnic tables are next to the sites. The restroom/hot shower is within feet and is very, very clean. In fact, it is the cleanest I've seen on the Katy Trail for tent camping. The owners (Dave and Melody) and the nicest people you would ever want to meet. So in closing, if you want a nice tent camping place, I would certainly recommend the Rivers Edge. PS: I ate at the diner/bar next door, and it was fine....for what it is. The food was decent, the beer was cold, and the atmosphere was....well, relaxed and very casual.

MAH from Blue Springs, MO on 09/12/2009 10:00 PM:
Good to know, thanks for the info.

Riverfront Bar & Grill (Portland)
JimB from O''Fallon on 08/22/2009 11:37 AM:
Awesome Fish sandwich - great fried mushrooms, and great converstaion with local folks. Highly recommended!!!

Rivers Edge RV Park & Campground (Portland)
JimB from O'Fallon on 08/22/2009 11:32 AM:
We camped @ Rivers Edge on Wednesday August 5 2009. A new shower house was a welcomed relief after a long days ride. Our camp site was perfect - along withr the local town dog who guarded our tent all night long we had the campgrounds to ourselves. Located next to the trail.

Riverfront Bar & Grill (Portland)
S Leach from Little Rock, AR on 05/24/2009 04:23 PM:
Good hamburger and impressive fish sandwich. Take your camera. Service was very

friendly as well.

EB from Greenwood on 07/18/2009 02:43 AM:
He had fresh pork rinds and Busch long necks! Doesn't get any better than that!

Anonymous on 06/21/2009 07:38 PM:
Riverfront Bar & Grill doesn't look like much, but they made the best burgers and biggest basket of fries I've had in a long, long time, and for extremely reasonable prices. Best food on the trail in my opinion!

kim from independence, mo on 06/22/2009 12:36 AM:
We didn't stop here the first time through, but we always make sure we do since. Yes its a bar & grill, but it's alot more varied than you might expect of a B&G. The owners are always helpful, the price is right, and they treat you great. One of our favorite places on the trail, so venture off the trail and up the little hill - you won't be sorry!

C. King from Shelbyville on 06/24/2009 03:21 PM:
After leaving North Jefferson heading east, there will be a part of the trail that does not offer much in the way of water and food. I pulled into Portland about 12:10 and was real glad to see the bar and grill open. The cheeseburger and fries were great and they even had gatorade to drink. It reminded me of the small town bars at home. Thanks to Daryl for the the hospitality. I will be sure to stop next trip. Oh yes, he showed me the fillets that they make their fish sandwiches with, they were huge.

Riverfront Bar & Grill (Portland)
Pete from Columbia, MO on 05/12/2009 08:30 AM:
Good food, great service. You can pick up some basic supplies also

Riverfront Bar & Grill (Portland)
Joe from Webster Groves, MO on 01/12/2009 10:18 PM:
A group of friends and I rode our bikes there while staying in

Hermann. The stop at Riverfront was the highlight. It was the best

food and coldest beer we had our entire trip. Wish we would have had

the time, and less of a commute, to drink more.

Rivers Edge RV Park & Campground (Portland)
Anonymous on 11/18/2008 12:44 PM:
has anyone used the campground lately? I noticed the comments were 2 years old, and wondered if any improvements have been made.

Trek on 11/19/2008 10:57 AM:
We've only ridden past, but it doesn't appear that anything has changed in the past few years.

Riverfront Bar & Grill (Portland)
Bill from Portland, MO on 04/11/2005 08:14 PM:
Best burger in Missouri

Dearslayer from Rhineland on 05/07/2005 09:21 PM:
Absolutely, not to mention more french fries than anywhere

Sarah from Denver CO on 06/13/2005 09:13 PM:
And terrific, real homemade beef vegetable soup!

Jared from St. Charles on 06/07/2006 09:50 PM:
This place looks gross! I hope the food looks better than the building does...

sbikes from Kansas City on 06/10/2006 12:16 AM:
Best onion rings I have ever had...sometimes you just can't judge a book by it's exterior!

Steve from Houston, TX on 06/20/2006 08:00 PM:
My wife is still talking about this place. Get your own drink out of the cooler, get your own ice cream sandwich out of the freezer, kick back and enjoy the locals and a burger.

Anonymous on 07/04/2006 07:20 PM:
we loved this bar and grill..the wings were to die for and more delicious fries than you could ever eat!

Gordon Ackley from Jefferson City, Mo on 10/22/2006 04:42 PM:
Great place, good food, good owners, a jukebox with everything from Hank Williams early hits to Taproot. Decent pool tables, good beer, and atmosphere on six legs!

Anonymous on 03/08/2007 01:50 PM:

Maria Sharp from Centertown on 07/13/2007 11:19 AM:
The absolutely best catfish around. Went there with my boyfriend and it was great!!! Also, the jukebox has a great selection of music, and the bar and company is very nice. Gonna camp there soon. I recommend it to anyone.

Michele from Chicago on 08/17/2007 12:03 PM:
A great place to stop for a meal, especially if you are staying in Bluffton!

Canyoncamper from Grand Junction, CO on 10/01/2007 05:43 PM:
Places like this should be talked about. Great food.

ElToro on 09/26/2008 09:02 AM:
I agree - best food I ate on the trail! It tasted SO GOOD!

Riverfront Bar & Grill (Portland)
Fred from Georgetown SC on 06/01/2008 11:55 AM:
Great lunch stop

Anonymous from boonville mo on 10/07/2007 07:14 PM:
they serve up a fish sandwich that is awesome!!!

Riverfront Bar & Grill (Portland)
BJ from kansas city on 10/04/2007 01:54 PM:
I hear they will let you camp out behind the bar. Does anyone know for sure?

Jon from Missouri on 10/04/2007 07:37 PM:
Rivers Edge campground has spots between the bar and the trailhead. Good enough for tent camping. At this point (looked like they might have restrooms in the future) you'll have to use the restrooms at the trailhead or the bar that you can throw a rock at from your campsite. It was 12 or 10 (can't remember) bucks for two riders and bikes with one tent. Bar had cold beer and good bar food. The office is a house right on the trail just West of the trailhead, just look for the sign. All of this stuff is real close together. Rumored that the bar closes down early if it is slow. the campground is listed under Portland on this site and has a phone number.

Riverfront Bar & Grill (Portland)
Michele on 07/10/2007 12:30 PM:
I've read that many places are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. I called just 5 minutes ago (on a Tuesday) and spoke with a person who says they are open on Tuesdays 11-8.

Riverfront Bar & Grill (Portland)
Jeff from Ottumwa, Iowa on 04/29/2007 09:22 PM:
After passing through two dead towns, it was nice to run into Judy and the cast of characters who gather here for lunch. The food was good and reasonably priced. We could have played pool and knocked back cool beverages all afternoon here.

Rivers Edge RV Park & Campground (Portland)
Diana M. from Blue Springs, MO. on 09/17/2006 10:49 AM:
This site was more "than a work in progress." This was a liability waiting to happen. The site had 4x4's with screws sticking up and rusted metal strips around the sites where you were to hook up. For those that were tenting you got a picturesque view of the river with another picturesque site of dumped furniture. I think this campground needs to get better prepared before advertising.

Actually the area from Jefferson City to Hermann is an area waiting for development of campgrounds with some good restaurants that offers more than sandwiches and beer.

This area was a red-neckers delight! The actual trail is great but....

Doug K. from Troy on 10/21/2006 09:42 PM:
I was hoping that my eye's weren't deceiving me. I drove down to check it out. All I saw was a trash pile where the campground was supposed to be.

Dave from Houston, TX on 10/24/2006 08:53 AM:
I rode the Trail in 3 days in June and had planned to stop one night at this campground. I agree that the sign stating "work in progress" was a stretch of the vocabulary. No work seen, no progress noted. After a long, hot 80 mile day, I opted to ride 6 more miles to Bluffton and stayed at Steamboat Junction. We were the only campers there, but that just guaranteed an uninterupted long, hot shower. Not much there, but it was very peaceful.

Ray (webmaster) on 10/24/2006 09:05 AM:
Based on the above comments, and the fact that I could not get a reply from the campground owner, I went ahead and marked Rivers Edge as "closed" on this website. Just down the trail in Bluffton, Steamboat Junction or Rendleman Home (a B&B but he'll let you pitch a tent) are good alternatives.

Riverfront Bar & Grill (Portland)
JD from Joplin on 09/24/2006 08:06 PM:
Very friendly! After failing to find a place open on the trail, this place had their doors open. Good Food!

Rivers Edge RV Park & Campground (Portland)
Marge & MIke from Pacific, MO on 06/14/2006 09:02 AM:
We camped there last weekend. The campsite is a work in progress which made the stay a little rough even with the full hook ups. But the view of the Missouri River was great and made it worth wild. The trail between Portland and Bluffton was super!

Drew & Karen from Blue Springs, MO on 07/03/2006 07:02 PM:
We concur with the previous post. The trail between Portland and Bluffton is a must do! If you don't do any other portion of the KATY...do that one. You will experience five or so miles of glimpses/full views of the the MO river, green canopies of trees overhead, vine covered bluffs. Moss even grows on the trail. This portion was a respite from the heat in the mid-90 degree July weather because cool air flows all day in the deep green growth to the left, right, and above the rider. It's a good choice for a hike/ride.

Drew & Karen from Blue Springs, MO on 07/03/2006 07:09 PM:
We stayed two nights at "River's Edge". We were the lone campers on the grounds and we slept well in the cooler night air. I don't know if the MO river has something to do with the air cooling down at night, but it was NICE. The hot showers were appreciated to wash the KATY dust off. David, the campground manager, will give you a key to the trailer which also includes a sink, flushing toilet, and AC in a room you can cool off in. Firewood and night crawlers are available...talk to David.

Portland Trailhead (Portland)
Bob Krzewinski from Ypsilanti, MI on 05/04/2006 10:44 PM:
One thing missing from this trailhead is where you can find water. The trailsigns you see approaching Portland have the "water" symbol, but when you reach the trailhead itself, there is none to be found. It would be great if even a small sign could be posted on the trailhead shelter signs on where water can be found.