Now that the weather is getting much hotter and humid, more and more of you are probably looking for places to cool off.  When I was a kid, I could spend hours at the local swimming pool.  Sometimes the whole day.  I think I found a summer destination that the family will love, and the swimming should be fantastic. It's Castor River Shut-Ins.

All Trails - Patricia Brasher
All Trails - Patricia Brasher
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Castor River Shut-Ins is located in Amidon Memorial Conservation Area in Frederickton, Missouri.  It's a 1,630-acre area located on the upper reaches of the Castor River in Bollinger and Madison counties. To get to the swimming part, you will need to hike the 1 mile Cedar Glade Trail.  Should not be too hard, even the kids can handle it.

Facebook - Amidon Memorial Conservation Department
Facebook - Amidon Memorial Conservation Department
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A backpack with your beach gear, and waterproof shoes will be best if you wish to explore the rocks around the area.

Facebook - Amidon Memorial Conservation Area
Facebook - Amidon Memorial Conservation Area
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Castor River Shut-Ins have the potential to get crowded but there will be plenty of places to find some quiet spaces to get cool.

Facebook - Amidon Memorial Conservation Area
Facebook - Amidon Memorial Conservation Area
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Boasting crystal clear water, the shut-ins create a natural waterpark where you can wade in the shallow water.

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Facebook - Amidon Memorial Conservation Area
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The Shut-In's are home to several small waterfalls and natural pools.  Talk about refreshing.

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All Trails - Ben Lipe
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Obviously be careful while you are there.  No lifeguards, and sometimes a strong current.  Especially after the rain.

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Facebook - Amidon Memorial Conservation Area
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The rocks are a nice place to sunbathe before cooling off in the water.

Trip Advisor - Shelby S
Trip Advisor - Shelby S
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So if you are looking for a cool place for natural waters, swimming, waterfalls and more, check out Castor River Shut-Ins.  You can click HERE for more info. Castor River Shut-Ins, Fredericktown, MO 63645

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