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Steamboat Junction Campground

Restaurant, Camping
tent rentals available; snacks & drinks sold on weekends
Mile marker 110.7
199 Hwy 94

Steamboat Junction Campground
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Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
Anonymous on 09/25/2018 01:51 PM:
Do they allow campfires?

Anonymous on 09/25/2018 05:47 PM:

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
Gary W from Centralia, MO on 08/21/2018 03:58 PM:
Still a super clean and nice campground and shower stop.

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
Dan k from Paw Paw, WV on 09/18/2017 06:09 PM:
We loved this campground. 2 people for $10., envelope slot. There is refrigerator space for campers, and the campsites are up on a nice, cool, shaded knoll. Porta john super clean, great shower house. We camped here 3 nights, over 3 weeks, it's a cool micro-climate there. we had a hard time finding it by car, look for the old yellow ford pickup; that's the place. The last night, a local dog, Aurora came down to visit us, was kinda nice. Sept., 2017

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
Sarah from St. Louis on 08/07/2017 12:32 PM:
We camped here over the weekend and it was a great experience. There are several spots for tent camping towards the back of the property, close to a small shack that has a shower and sink, and a porta-potty that was well kept. There's a fridge with sodas/snacks near the entrance, and if no one is there working, you can just drop your money in a slot to pay for what you need. There are also small air conditioned cabins available for rent.

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
Rena from kansas city on 05/30/2017 04:04 PM:
Went by this place on Memorial weekend and the snack bar was closed. very disappointing :(

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
MLB biker from O'Fallon, Mo. on 04/15/2017 12:10 PM:
Are there any trees suitable for hanging hammocks in? Instead of tent camping..

Anonymous on 04/15/2017 03:32 PM:
It's probably best to contact the campground to see if that is okay with them don't ya think?

Anonymous from Austin, TX on 05/25/2017 11:54 PM:
What was the verdict. Are hammocks allowed ?

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
Will W on 08/26/2016 08:32 AM:
Is the campground still open in mid November? Looking to possibly take a group on a bike packing trip around that time, and possibly staying the night at the Steamboat. If it's open, are all the usual amenities still available? Thanks a lot!

MidSouth from Rogersville on 08/26/2016 08:51 PM:
Best to call and ask them...

Quite Nice
Matt T from St Louis on 10/11/2015 07:16 PM:
Camped here with my daughter this past weekend. Campsites were very nice, plenty of room. Not sure if it was intentional but there were some big piles of branches and sticks that were great for kindling. We were pleased with everything. Will definitely come back.

Cathy from Jefferson City on 10/11/2015 07:29 PM:
Hey Matt, let us know the name of the campsite. Thanks. Cathy

Matt T from St Louis on 10/14/2015 09:29 PM:
Sorry, I would have thought it automatically would have tagged it since I wrote this as a comment under the Steamboat Junction link in the trip planner, but it didn't.

Great place for camping.

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
Rick 76034 from dallas tx on 10/13/2015 08:20 PM:
I felt the spirit hospitality. Nice warm, clean shower. Clean camping area and portable toilet. I did primitive camping and went up the hill a little further - I checked with the owner first. Thank you to these folks.

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
CP family from Waynesville, MO on 10/12/2015 04:05 PM:
Overnighted here this weekend and couldn't be happier! After Day 1 of our Katy Trail hike, we were thrilled to find our cabin ready for our arrival. Everything was very clean inside and the grounds were spotless. We stayed in the 2-story cabin with our 2 kids, which was perfect after they added cots for them in the bedroom with us. Perfect little kitchenette, bathroom w/ shower, small dining area, microwave, fridge downstairs, with the bedroom upstairs. Fantastic value! Would highly recommend.

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
Dennis d.B. from Georgia on 07/28/2015 08:34 PM:
Nice campground but the shower house was amazing. Very clean and roomy. Stopped at first of June on a Monday and owner was not around. Other campers had called and were told to fill out a form and put it in an evelope with the payment for the night at the little stand near the entrace to the campground. That is what I did too. There is a slot in to drop the money and registration. The stand refigerator was stocked with different things to eat and drink with prices on each item. Choose what you want and drop money into same drop location for camp fees. Because of the name, expected it to be on the river but it isn't. Nice campground.

RIDER from EDWARDSVILLE, IL on 07/31/2015 11:14 AM:
We also stayed at this campground a couple of weeks ago, but we stayed in a cabin and it was great. AC and indoor bathroom- Will stay the next time we come thru.

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
Andy on 07/07/2015 10:22 AM:
My son and I stayed in a cabin this week. Clean linens on a comfortable bed and air conditioning for $30. The owner was quite friendly.

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
Gary from Centralia, MO on 06/08/2015 11:47 AM:
Great place to stay on the trail. Super clean shower and well maintained camping area. Me and My son stopped on our Father/son bike trip. The refreshment stand was a life saver according to my 11 year old. he needed a candy fix.

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
Angela Kennedy from Columbia on 06/14/2014 01:54 PM:
My husband, son, and I camped here one night--one of the best campgrounds we've ever visited! Extremely clean and well-kept, and beautiful to boot! We'll be back.

r.r. from Scottsdale, AZ on 06/25/2014 09:35 PM:
Good to know as I plan on biking and camping along the trail this August!!

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
Rodney Distler from Jefferson City on 05/29/2014 03:07 PM:
My son and I camped here on our bike trip from Jefferson City to Hermann. We were very happy with our stay. The owners were very nice and the place was very clean and well maintained. Highly recommended.

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
Gary from Manchester, MO on 01/06/2012 01:02 AM:
My brother-in-law and I stayed here one night the end of September, 2011. This is the model that all Katy Trail campgrounds should emulate. Along with the extraodinarilly clean facilities, I especially liked the lack of area lighting and the sounds of the owls and other wildlife at night.

Anonymous on 01/09/2012 11:31 AM:
I agree. One of the best there is.

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George from Lebanon, IL on 08/14/2010 03:16 PM:
I was low on water during one of the hottest days of the year when I came upon the campground. It was a Thursday (July 22) and the campground was not open, but I decided to see if there was someplace to find water. They have a refrigerator with drinks, snacks, and sandwiches in the shed near the trail. It is on the honor system and was a welcome stop. Bought water and a soda by slipping my money into the slot. I sat and enjoyed the view for a few minutes while hydrating and resting my legs.

Anonymous on 08/14/2010 05:11 PM:
Where was it?

Mr. G from Galena, IN on 07/15/2011 08:34 PM:
Yes! Honor system drinks, sandwiches, etc. in a beautiful setting. We came through during the heat wave and the Yohoo's gave us the fuel to go on. Like the Tebbets Shelter Hostel, this rest stop (we didn't experience the camping) expresses the best of the spirit of the Katy Trail.

Anon on 07/15/2011 09:04 PM:
Must be Steamboat Junction at Bluffton. :)

Steamboat Junction Campground (Bluffton)
duluth1200 from St Louis on 06/21/2009 06:11 PM:
Camped one night here--great facilities--great price--beautiful location. Lots of bugs--so bring your spray. But I'll be back. The 2-story cabin looked great and was only $30.

Sandra from Bluffton, Mo. on 07/07/2011 07:13 AM:
One story cabin is $30, 2 story is $75.

sharonbikes from Kansas City on 07/07/2011 06:18 PM:
It is a beautiful setting, clean facilities, but oh, the bugs are something terrible. We stayed there a couple of years ago and we now refer to it as "mosquito gulch" We had bug spray and some fogger and a campfire and nothing deterred those bugs.

Steamboat Junction Campground in Bluffton
kurt w from naperville il on 05/25/2011 06:57 AM:
i stayed here mid may. not a bad place.Sandra the owner was a great host,talked my ear off, but gave me the history of the place.two thumbs up.

Steamboat Junction Campground (Bluffton)
Allie from Warrensburg, MO on 08/24/2010 11:51 PM:
Absolutely wonderful for riders during the week, it is the only place around that has food! Stayed here and late June, 2010 and couldn't have asked for more. There was no one there but we just called the number on the pamphlet and she was more than happy to help with all of our questions. The campsites are actually way in the back, and that is where the bugs are bad. There were only two of us though, so we set up our tent right behind the snack stand and didn't have a problem with the bugs. There is only a port-a-potty, which I didn't use, but the shower was extremely clean. If you are looking for a hot meal, the bed and breakfast (left at the road right before steamboat junction if you are heading east) has pizza's for $10.

Dennis from Rhineland on 08/26/2010 07:59 PM:
You say "The place around the corner has pizza for $10"....your talking about the Rendleman Home B&B and Camping in Bluffton..on Hwy 94 just up from the trail when you cross Hwy 94...If you make a reservation ahead they also serve dinner and breakfast (killer hot meals) for both campers and B&B guests.

Steamboat Junction Campground (Bluffton)
Gean Hyder from Nevada, Mo on 04/29/2009 03:25 PM:
My son and I stayed in one of their cabins the second night on the trail. It was 100% better than I was expecting. The price was awsome. This was one of the cleanest places I've seen. I have never in my life seen a port-a-pottie as clean as this one. It was a long walk to get to the showers, but worth it, very clean.

Steamboat Junction Campground (Bluffton)
Jodie from Richmond, VA on 01/04/2009 08:04 PM:
Does anyone have pictures of the campground? Particularly the cabins? We're thinking of stopping here on our trip next summer.

steve from Lenexa, KS on 01/05/2009 12:42 PM:
Stayed in the bunkhouse summer 2007 while backpacking from Herman to Coopers Landing. It provided just the basics bed and air and a very old TV, no bathroom but there are facilities that have bathroom. Was a nice place to stay and get out of the rain

Randy from Edwardsville,IL on 01/11/2009 04:24 PM:
I stayed at the campground and the cabin on an out and back in June 08.Cabin is just as described above. Just a comfortable bed t.v. and air. (T.V. might not work now.) It is nowhere near the size of a motel room, but if you want a comfortable bed, air, and no mosquitos, this is the place. If you camp and remember only one thing to bring, make it insect repellant.