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Rates and Policies

2018 Float Fees
$40 canoe for two people
$10 extra rider (age 12 & up); $5 per child under 12
Group of 7 canoes or more, $35 per canoe**
Single Kayak $35;
6 man raft $135 each additional person after 6 people $10
Tubes with Shuttle $15
Tubes without Shuttle $10

Rates include: paddles, life vests, transportation from Sunburst to put-in, or from take-out back to Sunburst.

** group rental rates based on your group leader collecting all funds and paying for the entire group with cash or check.

A $10 fee per cancelled canoe applies if notification call not received three days prior to float. If you don't call and don't show or if you reserve boats that you do not need and they are taken to the put in point you will be charged FULL PRICE!!!

Kayaks and Rafts are in limited supply. Call and reserve early.
Tubes and Rafts are ONLY permitted to float from Sunburst to our Landing (7 miles).

BEGINNING IN 2015: Personal canoe/kayak shuttles: We will haul your canoe for $40 or your single person kayak for $35.
We have raised the prices on this substantially this year for several reasons. We run on a very tight schedule in the mornings and pre-load our canoes and kayaks the day before so our shuttles will run smoothly. It is difficult for us to go to your site and unload one of our boats and put another on and not get behind schedule.  There are also liability issues involved. We try to keep the nicest fleet of canoes on the North Fork river. If you LOVE your canoe or kayak feel free to bring it! We will put it on our trailer happily.  If you don't love your boat... why not take one of ours for a paddle?

Vehicle shuttles: We do not offer vehicle shuttles as our insurance does not cover it. If we have available staff we may move your vehicle for you under your insurance and your takeout fees will be at an increased rate. Any questions please call and ask.

We do not allow private vehicles to be parked at The Landing unless renting the cabin or being shuttled by Sunburst Staff. Any other vehicles parked at The Landing will be towed.

2018 Camping Fees
$10 per person per night, ages 12+
$5 per person (age 12 under); kids under 5 are free

Weekend camping (Friday and Saturday night) without a boat rental $15 per person ages 12+; kids 5-11 $7

RV sites with water and electric OR tent camping sites with electric ;
$15 per site per night plus camping fees listed above

There is a $5 per person day use fee for those that are visiting the property but not staying the night.


The Log Cabin - Sleeps 8, air conditioned, fully equipped kitchen/bath,
Fees per night: $200 per night during season, two night minimum. Over 8 people pays regular camping fees. You must reserve with a credit card. Check-in time 3:00pm, check-out 11:30 unless prior arrangement have been made.

The Landing (UNAVAILABLE UNTIL Summer 2018)  - Located at our takeout point, 7 miles downstream from Sunburst Ranch. Sleeps 8, central air and heat, washer/dryer, T.V., fully equipped kitchen and two bathrooms. Fees per night: $325 per night during season, two night minimum. Over 8 pays regular camping fees. You must reserve with a credit card. Check in time 3:00pm, check out time 11:00 unless prior arrangements have been made. NO PETS ALLOWED IN THE LANDING.

The Lodge at Trout Island - Located less than one mile downstream from Sunburst Ranch. Sleeps 15, four bedrooms, central air and heat, washer/dryer, sattelite T.V.WiFi, fully equipped kitchen and 3 1/2 bathrooms. Fees per night: $425 per night. Over 15 pays camping fees. Two night minimum. You must reserve with a credit card. Check in time 3:00pm, check out time 11:00 unless prior arrangements have been made. NO PETS ALLOWED IN THE LODGE. For a walk through of the Lodge: The Lodge at Trout Island

Cancellation policy for any of the fully equipped cabins - we require a $200 deposit up front to reserve any large cabin. $100 of this is NON REFUNDABLE. You will receive $100 back if you cancel before the two week deadline. This deposit will be credited toward your stay. The remaining balance will be due upon arrival. If you don't call and don't show, you will be charged full price for the cabin and your canoes!

PET POLICY: Pets will be allowed in the Log Cabin for a $50 charge. NEW! We WILL allow pets in the Landing and Lodge for a $125 fee. If the pet destroys anything in any of the cabins or excessive cleaning needs to be done due to the pet you will be charged an additional $100 cleaning fee or replacement cost of the destroyed item. Please let us know in advance if you will be bringing a pet.

The Hangar - Located on Sunburst Ranch property less than one mile from Sunburst Ranch campground along our private airstrip. Sleeps 16, four bedrooms. Three bedrooms have a queen sized bed and a full sized bed. The fourth room has a queen and a set of twin bunks. Each room has a mini fridge and independent air conditioning. The large main room is not air conditioned, has a pool table, basketball goal, bar with a Bluetooth speaker and several leather couches to lounge on. The hangar does NOT come with linens or cooking utensils. It has two bathrooms with a toilet and shower; kitchen with full sized refrigerator, oven, stove, microwave and coffee pot; a grill and fire pit are located outside the hangar itself. Over 16 people pays regular camping fees. You must reserve with a credit card. Check in time 3:00pm, check-out 11:30 unless prior arrangements have been made.

Other costs: Put-in at Twin Bridges, or take out at Tecumseh -$10 extra per canoe, 3 boat minimum on weekends. Bryant Creek $10 extra per boat 5 boat minimum during summer weekends. Available only by pre-arrangement.

Sunburst hauling personal canoes:
On our rig: $40 each canoe if we are already taking a shuttle or you are with a group that is renting our boats. Our insurance no longer allows us to shuttle your personal vehicle for a fee. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Bus ride if space permits $5. Bus ride with personal inflatable if space permits: $7 per person. Hauling personal kayaks $35 each. All of these prices are only viable if we are already scheduled for a shuttle.
Campground day use / visitors / launch fees $5 per person, discounts available for church & Scout groups.

All prices include Missouri Sales Tax
Prices subject to change without notice.

Church and Scout Groups
Sunburst Ranch is pleased to offer significant discounts to all church and scout troops that possess a valid tax-id form. You must bring a copy of the form for our records. We consider a 'group' 10 people or more.

Our discounted rates are as follows:
* Canoes - $35 per canoe (you must rent 5 canoes or more)
* Additional riders 12 or older - $10
* Single kayak - $30
* Tube rental with shuttle - $12 (to Landing)
* Tube rental all day with no shuttle - $8
* Camping $8 per person per night ages 12+; Kids $4

Due to limited availability we are unable to offer discounts on lodging and R.V. hookups. Normal prices apply for all services not listed above.

If you are organizing or coming with a group please print a copy of the release form below. Everyone MUST sign this form. (sunburstwaiver.pdf)

Children under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign the release waiver on page 3.
Group leaders can make copies of the waiver or direct parents to our site for a copy.
If children do not have their parents signed consent they will NOT be allowed to float.


Campsites, lodging and boat availability are on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the return of the deposit and reservation information. Those renting canoes are given preference in choice of campsites.

A $ 10 fee per cancelled canoe applies if notification call not received two days prior to float.

Reservations by phone are recommended: 417-284-3443.
Should you reach our answering service, please leave a message, as we do return our calls. A VISA or MASTERCARD number is required upon reservation. We do not take reservations over email or facebook. Please call and speak with us to reserve your spot. Rates are subject to change without notice.

To better serve you, it is important that you notify all members as to your group's departure time and that they be ready to load at least 15 minutes before departure. Your campsite will be marked with the last name of the group leader. Only the group leaders need to check in upon arrival. Those arriving after 10:00 p.m. should proceed to the campground, then the next morning check in at our office, located just opposite the bath house. Balance of payment must be made at the office at least 30 minutes prior to departure time.

Campground Rules and Regulations
* Campers are responsible for knowing and complying with all rules and regulations
* No illegal drugs of any kind are allowed on the premises: Violators will be arrested and prosecuted.
* No ATVs, Dirt bikes, Firearms or Fireworks.
* No fighting.
* Please do not use vulgar language in offense to children or others.
* Do not cut, mar or damage trees. No trenching!
* No littering on campground.
* Dumpsters and trash bags are available. Please no cans or bottles in fire pits.
* Pets must be kept on a leash at all times while in the campground and are the responsibility of the owner. Loud or aggressive dogs will not be tolerated. Dogs are NOT permitted in the bathhouse.
* Speed limit is 10 mph in the campground. Violators will be evicted from the premises.
* QUIET Time is 11:00 pm. Quiet hour is strictly enforced. NON-COMPLIANCE CAN RESULT IN EVICTION!
* All Radios must be kept at a moderate volume level and must be turned OFF at 10:00 pm.
* We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

PLEASE NOTE: The Missouri State Water Patrol make periodic, unscheduled patrols in campground.

Here at Sunburst we try to stay as close to our assigned shuttle times as possible. We ask that you be IN FRONT of your campsite 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time with everything you need for the day. If you miss your shuttle time you will be allowed to take the next available shuttle that has an opening. If no openings are available you will have the option to float to the Landing. Shuttle times are 8:30am (Hammond); 10:00am (Hammond). Refunds will not be given for a missed shuttle.

All campers and renters must sign a liability waiver. Those that refuse will be asked to leave.
We do not refund deposits on last-minute cancellations.' Rain checks' will be given in the event of flooding or excessive all day rain.
If you are evicted from the campground, no money will be refunded.
Absolutely no glass in canoes, rafts or kayaks. It is the law!
Management reserves the right to EVICT persons for non-compliance with the above rules! NO EXCEPTIONS!

Call us at (417)284-3443 to make a reservation or email us at sunburstranch@earthlink.net with questions.