Renew your mind & spirit at Akers Ferry

Have you ever tried going somewhere you’ve never been in the dead of night? Well, that’s what I tried doing, and it did not end well.

My husband and I were on our way to Akers Ferry in Salem, Mo., to spend a few days fishing and kayaking.

We were following the way our maps app on on my phone was taking us and we had lost signal several times down a particular road… when we just lost signal completely, for good.

As if traveling at 11:30 at night in an unfamiliar area without signal wasn’t bad enough, it gets worse.

We almost hit a black cow (which at first looked like a bear) that had gotten out of its fence, there were several Amish carriages that were also traveling that road and it was very hard to see them, and due to the storm that had happened prior to our journey, there was a huge tree limb in the middle of the road.

Finally, once we got to the end of the road, we saw a sign that had “Akers Ferry” written on it. Joey was paying attention to the sign and slowly creeping forward in the truck when I realized we were about to go head-first into the river!

So we slammed the truck into park and had to just sit and reflect on the fact that we almost died in the river.

After several bad experiences that night we finally found a motel and the next morning headed on our journey to Akers Ferry from the other direction.

Going from the other side of the river was worry-free and it was during the day, so that always makes it better! Upon arrival we got checked in and found our cabin at Akers Ferry.

We stayed in the “Sunset Cabin” that had a screened-in porch, kitchenette, bathroom, picnic table out front, and a BBQ grill. It was on the top of a hill with a breathtaking view of all the surrounding rolling hills.

We went fishing and adventuring along the shore of Akers Ferry and found several other really cool places to fish and explore. 

We also found out that the water was WAY too cold for me to sit on a kayak for 4-5 hours with the wind blowing 30 mph. So we took a rain check on the floating part of the trip but we certainly enjoyed the fishing and hiking.

It was very peaceful, hardly anyone around and just perfect for taking it easy and enjoying what nature has to offer.

My favorite thing about staying at Akers Ferry was being able to sit outside the cabin and just look at everything. Trees, animals, and just to smell the air was like no other.

If you don’t visit Akers Ferry for the exciting activities, go to renew your mind and spirit. It’s a whole different world than what I’m used to.

We are really looking forward to going back to Akers Ferry to float the river and play in the water.

I do suggest, however, to find out exactly how to get there and go during the day to avoid all risks of becoming found in the river by floaters!

(Mattie Link is managing editor of the River Hills Traveler. She can be reached at or 800-874-8423, ext. 1.) 

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