A Wonderland of Rivers and Forests


Bill Hughes was a long time native of Southern Illinois and only recently moved to the St. Louis area.

His resume includes working in the Illinois tourism industry which heightened his enthusiasm to hike and explore the scenic areas in his own back yard.  He quickly fell in love with this beautiful region of Illinois that displays a physiography similar to the Ozarks country.  Southern Illinois is also home to the Shawnee National Forest and Garden of the Gods.  The land between the rivers(Ohio & Mississippi)is truly a worthy destination.

It wasn’t until the late nineties that Bill took his first canoe trip on an Ozark stream.  And it all started with an invitation from his cousin to join him for a float trip on the Big Piney River.

Bill still talks about how that first trip transformed him in ways that sparked a  whole new awareness and exuberance for experiencing life in the natural world.  He feels deep gratitude for this and the bond that still grows from sharing this mutual passion with his cousin.

His gratitude runneth over when he rejoices over the abundance of spring fed rivers in the state of Missouri(his new back yard).  He is very excited to be living in Missouri now.

Over the past decade, he’s paddled on the:

Niangua; Beaver Creek; Big Piney; Little Piney; Eleven Point; Jacks Fork; Current; and the Huzzah Rivers.

AND in Arkansas:  the Buffalo and Kings Rivers.

These are all beautiful rivers and Bill looks forward to blogging about these and hopefully some new ones in the future. Exploring, fishing, wildlife, and camping are all here, but please be sure to check for new categories on the site menu as this site evolves.

Bill would be glad to hear from his readers