SMTO Favorite Campgrounds

SMTO Magazine is happy to bring you the best camping destinations to make your summer one to remember. Living in the beautiful Ozarks region, we are blessed to have an abundance of places to spend the day fishing, floating, trail riding, listening to live music and relaxing by the fireside. These fun campgrounds continue to exceed campers’ expectations year after year. Check out one of these sites to be a happy camper this year!

Shady Beach Campground

As one of the longest-standing campgrounds in the area, Shady Beach has earned an outstanding reputation for immaculate grounds and friendly management. Shady Beach is located 2.5 miles north of Noel on 59 Hwy on Missouri’s Elk River. They offer over 14 acres of campgrounds, a quarter of a mile of beachfront property on the Elk River, air-conditioned  camping cabins and complete house rentals that sleep 8-22 people, water and electric RV sites, free WiFi and primitive tent sites. Try their zip line! Shady Beach Campground specializes in 5-8 mile water floats. Elk River is a great destination for beginners, families or more experienced floaters who wish to kick back and relax for the day. Four-man, six-man and 12-man rafts, top-mount kayaks, tubes and canoes are available for rent. Elk River is famous for being one of the best smallmouth bass fishing rivers in Missouri. Visit, or call 800.745.6481 to plan your visit to Shady Beach Campground.  

Two Sons Floats & Camping


Two Sons Floats and Camping in Noel, Missouri, welcomes you, your family and friends with open oars. Their experienced staff is ready to help you with all of your questions and to get you started on your adventure. Two Sons is located just north of the Arkansas/Missouri border on the beautiful Elk River. Elk River offers a full eight miles of clear, fast-moving water for your float and the beautiful scenery of the Ozark Mountains on both sides of the river. You can plan the perfect float trip with many rental options to choose from. Canoes, rafts and kayaks are available. Two Sons also provides life jackets, paddles, large swimming beach, tent camping, RV sites and more. With on-site security, on-site owners and knowledgeable and friendly staff, making you feel welcome is a top priority. Visit or give them a call at 417.475.4774 to get started planning your trip. Come hang out with Two Sons Floats and see why so many call it a home away from home.