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“A few things to know before you go!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bass River Resort

Bass River Resort
Certificate of Excellence
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De Soto, Missouri
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A few things to know before you go!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

My family and another family stayed here this Memorial Day. We stayed in one of the log cabins, went on the horseback ride and did the first half of the 13 mile float trip on the Courtois River. I noted that they were somewhat more expensive than other sites, but all costs were up front on their website and their accommodations sounded better than some of their counterparts. As noted in other reviews, make sure you check their cancellation policy, it is very unforgivable if changes have to be made to any part of your trip (1 of 5 stars here). Upon our arrival, all vehicles had to be registered to be on the premises, which was free to do so but a little bit of a hassle, be sure to put the registration ticket visible in your car, security will stop you if you don't! We were surprised by the size and amount of people at the resort, it is huge and busy--looked perfect for a safe family vacation, but probably not the best spot for a romantic quiet getaway. Special touch was the hummingbird feeders and purple martin houses on the premises, I loved watching the birds! The security and cleanliness of the resort was exceptional (5 stars for this part). Check in took about 15-20 minutes to get through all of the paperwork, and we were then told that the cabins had no linens, something we weren't told when we made the reservations. The customer service rep apologized and said that the rep should have told us on the phone and linens were provided for us. The rep was very courteous, especially for how busy it was, but again a bit of a hassle just to check in (2 of 5 stars for checking in).

THE CABIN (4 of 5 Stars)
The cabin was very nice and clean on the inside and was even landscaped. There was a grill right outside and plenty of seating for seven of us that stayed, would probably be a bit cramped for more than 10. The only issue was the upstairs loft was a lot warmer than downstairs, I asked the front desk and they said that one of the beds might be blocking the upstairs vent, so after moving all of the beds around we found it and that solved the problem. There was a stove, oven, microwave, and fridge in the cabin, but no paper towels, eating or cooking utensils something we assumed would be included. I take partial blame for assuming this, but this fact is only listed at the bottom of one of the pages on their website in smaller print and we were not told by anyone when we made the reservations that we would have to provide these items made it quite a hassle for us.

HORSEBACK RIDING (4 of 5 stars)
I've done quite a bit of what I would call "tourist horseback riding" at a lot of national parks and resorts like this, that being said these horses were a bit more frisky than a lot of typical trail horses, but nothing too terrible. There was an older gentleman in our group and they had stairs for him to get on the horse with as well. One of our kid's horses kicked another one of our kid's horses during the ride and we had a couple people in our group really struggle to keep them in the trail line. For us, this made the ride more fun, but for someone with no riding experience at all might be a little scary. The trail guides were very nice and answered all of our questions and gave us a little info on the area but not more than a minute or two of information and history on the area, something I guess I was spoiled to from the national parks guides. There were turkeys and chickens at the stables and we got a real kick at listening to the turkeys gobble at each other, it was a very good time.

FLOAT TRIP (5 of 5 Stars)
All of the service people were incredibly friendly, from the bus driver who took us to and from the river, to the young men who we dropped off our canoes with. One of the members of our group left his lights on and the bus driver took his keys back, turned the lights off for him and left the keys at the front desk so he didn't have to go back and do it. We also noticed that as we were leaving the main lodge that the workers were having a safety meeting which is reassuring. We chose the 13 mile float on the Courtois River, but decided to get off at the half way point because of the weather, but we had an absolute blast. The canoes were fiber glass and very light, and the river was beautiful. We left at about 9:30 and we only saw two other groups the whole time on the river, but when we got out there were about 30-40 people being dropped off, so I suggest going early if you want to avoid the crowd. 2 of our 3 canoes tipped at one point during the trip in some of the faster and narrower points, but not a difficult route to maneuver. We were able at one point to reach in the water and pick up a red-eared glider (turtle) and the kids caught several tadpoles not to mention seeing huge fish in the water as we floated by. It was a great time. When we got back I changed at the boat house and was able to take a nice hot shower (it was a little on the cold side). The showers were coin operated, but the first one in line came on without putting quarters in so that's the one I used.

OVERALL VISIT (4 of 5 Stars)
Just a few changes by this resort and this place could easily be one of the best in the nation, period, but for now the few unnecessary hassles we faced I have to give this place a 4 of 5. We had a great time and are already planning on a longer stay next year, and now that we have an idea of how the place runs, we will be able to be much better prepared. Hope this helps!

Visited May 2014
7 Thank worthenks
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English first
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A maze of rafts tied together and rude”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

This resort does not monitor the river and numerous rafts tied together continually block the river for miles. The number of rafts only they transport there on such a beautiful yet narrow waterway is unreasonable. It is a maze of rude loud people. The employees are not much better in the office. Of the kayaks we rented, we needed to cancel one and they would not allow it. Not a place to visit. Too bad. Lovely river yet poor resort. Cannot recommend

Visited August 2013
4 Thank SarahWeber
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

had an excellent time in a cozy cabin 3 days with the dogs and my girlfriend. Horseback riding during the sunset was great with the guide named troy. The float was beautiful. Trustworty employees saved our fishing tackle as well! Thank u

Visited August 2013
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Winchester, Illinois
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69 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“All you could want in one place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

We camped here during the week with our 2 kiddos. We had a great time. It was pretty empty and quiet. The river is nice and clean. The camp grounds are very well kept. I would recommend staying during the week for a quiet relaxing trip and party on weekends. I would like to return to try out canoeing with our children. I think they would love it!

Visited July 2013
Thank ltldxi
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Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Rude Management”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

I have been to almost every floating facility in the area and I have never experienced the disrespect from staff and management as I did at Bass River Resorts. I am thankful there are some many places in the area that are comparable to Bass in cleanliness. I'm sure it was a stressful weekend for them as the river was up and they were dealing with flooding and other issues. However, I would not have driven down if I knew the campsites were flooded and there was a possibility we could not float. Mind you I called the day we left just 2.5 hours before getting there. Bass responded and said "Everything was great, we would be floating and there were no issues" Next we get there and they tell us there is a possibility we can't float tomorrow and that our campsite is under water. They found us a new campsite, but their staff put my group at a campsite that was literally just standing water, no where to put a tent up anywhere. When I asked to have us moved, one of the employees response was "SO? It's like that everywhere." Fianlly after some discussion we were moved. Friday night was fine we had fun and went to sleep. Saturday we learned that we could not float until noon. We set up to be picked up from our campsite at 12:30, at nearly 2:00 after we had to complain 3 times, we were picked up. The float was fine, and nice weather. When we get back, we learn that management said someone in our group destroyed property, which wasn't the case, our cars/trucks did not leave at all until we actually left for good. My friend and I went to address it with the manager who proceeded to scream at us in the middle of the little store, told me he was going to "talk to me like an animal", brought his bus drivers up to gang up on us. When asked if there was someone above him for us to speak to, he threw his business card and hit my friend directly in the face. He had no interest in trying to discuss the real issue, which was to clear up who actually was responsible for the destruction of the campsite. I asked if there was any way we could just get a refund for the campsite for Saturday night and we would all leave, he told me to come back in two hours and he would thinkg about it (the general store closed in exactly 2 hours at this point, so I assume he just did not want to deal with me). Overall, the facilities are very nice and the floating was not bad. I just don't think I could deal with staff like that ever again, I am a pretty kind person and I wouldn't wish that kind of treatment on my worst enemy.

Visited August 2013
8 Thank gxr23
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