The Natural Swimming Hole In Missouri That Will Take You Back To The Good Ole Days

With the many lakes, rivers, and streams throughout Missouri, there are tons of great spots for a swim. If you’re looking for a spot that will bring back memories of splashing in the streams on a hot summer day, there is no better spot than one of the famous Missouri shut-ins. If you’re not familiar with a shut-in, it’s an Ozark term used to describe a river that is naturally confined within a deep, narrow channel. More than ninety shut–ins are located within and around the St. Francois Mountains region of southeast Missouri. While the most famous in Missouri is likely Johnson’s Shut-Ins, there is another great shut-in that is worth exploring this summer.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here: onlyinyourstate.com/nominate

Have you been to the Castor River Shut-Ins? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Looking for more great swimming spots in Missouri? Check out out list of 7 more awesome places to swim in the Show Me State.