MR 10.4 LbNA # 43632
|Placed Date||Sep 27 2008|
A friend and I have been preparing for the 2009 Missouri River 340, a canoe/kayak race from Kansas City to St. Charles on the Missouri River.
The first significant time I spent on the Missouri River in this preparation/training effort was with another friend, launching at the Pelican Island Access, which is part of a Missouri Conservation Department nature area adjacent to Sioux Passage Park, a St. Louis County park. This access point is at the 10.4 mile mark, or 10.4 miles from the end of the river where it joins the Mississippi. I had already carved the stamp and thought it would be suitable to come back some time and plant it in this appropriate location.
To start your search at Sioux Passage Park, head to a gravel parking area that seems to mark where the county park ends and the access area begins. It's at the bottom of the hill after the road rejoins. There's a gate that can be closed when the access is closed, for instance because of flood damage, such as it was on the day of planting. The parking area (not formally marked on the maps) is on the left (west) side of the road as you head down. (If you cross a bridge over a creek or can see the river, you've gone too far.
From the gravel lot, look for a set of 8 wooden railroad tie steps going up to a post about as thick as a telephone pole, but only 3 feet high or so. Go to the post and look out across the field. You'll spot a building. Head to the opposite side of that building. Now look around for a horse. Ok, a small horse. Might be orange, might be white, I'm not sure any more. [D'oh, I've been informed the horse has galloped off as of mid Dec. 2010... however there is apparently a large electric utility box you can take the next reading from in place of the horse post.] From the horse [electric box], enter the woods to the south (roughly 195 degrees, though I had no compass to confirm). About 35 steps in, you should spot the first wood-tie erosion control wall/step in a drainage. Continue up the drainage to a third wood-tie wall. To the right of the wood ties, up out of the drainage, spot the tall remains of a dead tree, like a stump, but 15-20 feet tall. The box is at the base of this, covered by fallen tree parts.