Huzzah Valley

Friday, April 7, 2017

Kid Hacks for the Hackless Parents

Kid Hacks for the Hackless Parents


We all know the difficulty of keeping kids entertained. Usually we settle for letting them watch movies or playing games on a tablet, but it’s time to go camping!! How do we keep them entertained in the outdoors you ask?! Well here are a couple ideas for when you are done relaxing in the water for the day!

 One way to keep a child (and even some crafty adults) entertained is friendship bracelets!! Bring some string and a few pages printed out with easy to follow instructions. They’ll be working on different kinds and patterns all day. Just don’t forget the scissors!!


Another great idea is making rain sticks. All you need is old toilet paper rolls, beads or rice, something to cover the ends, glue, and paint! If you want to add a little.. or a lot.. of sparkle, feel free!! Bring lots of glitter and colorful paint to decorate the outside.

 Ever wanted a pet rock?! Well now is the time to go find the perfect one. Select your favorite looking rock and put googly eyes on them!! Get creative and give them the perfect outfit to match with paint!

Don’t forget the crayons! Who doesn’t like to color? Bring crayons or markers and watch and see how many people you can entertain! The adults will probably have fun with this one as well. Bring some adult coloring books with you. What’s more peaceful than sitting by the flowing river and campfire just coloring? It’ll make you want to be a kid again!!

If you like this blog let us know! I’d love to hear your feedback. Did you try any of these? Do you have any more ways you keep your kids entertained?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Camping Hacks - for the hackless

Camping Tricks You've Gotta Try

We've all been seeing all these life hacks floating around the internet, now it's time to give camping hacks a try. I've found a few camping tricks that I think every regular camper needs to try out or even for those of you new to camping. Make your camping experience even better.
Here's a few things I found:

*Having problems with not enough lighting? Try filling a jug with water and attaching a light to it. This illuminates the area and doesn't create too bright of a light so you can enjoy the campfire and stars. Also, try using solar lights. They make ones that you can stick right in the ground. Use them all around your campsite to see or just put them next to your tent so you don't trip over those pesky poles and ropes at night! This tip is especially useful to those, like myself, that are accident prone.

*Having issues with your tent zippers not sealing? You can rub wax on them and this will help seal them. Keep the rain on the side of the tent it belongs! Rain inside of the tent makes for a challenging camping trip. Always be prepared! Rain could make for a very relaxing sleep if you seal your tents correctly.

*Tired of having a dirty tent floor? Leave a shoe basket by the front opening. Take your shoes off and put them in it. Don't forget this very important step. If you miss this step the basket becomes useless. (Remind your husbands. They tend to forget this step.)

*Want to class up your tent? Add a little sparkle to your tent by hanging some string lights. This helps your tent look good and you can actually see at night! Also useful for a night light if you camp with children or anyone that loves sleeping with the light on. For those that love sleeping with a TV on add a radio and make the lights blinking.

*Want eggs for breakfast but just not sure how to pack them? Crack your eggs and put them in a water bottle. Be sure to clean it thoroughly first! Don't forget to bring a skillet and spatula.

Well that is all the tips I have for you today. Let us know if you found any of these tips useful and share with us if you have any other tips you can't live without that others NEED to know!!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Life at Huzzah Valley: Missouri's Most Complete Family Resort!

2016 HV

Spring is already in the air down here at Huzzah Valley. Our grass is turning green and the trees are starting to bud. It's hard to believe that in just a short couple of weeks we will be hosting our annual Opening Weekend Party; April 15-16th! Good times will be had by all, and the best part is you get one night of camping for FREE. If you haven't made reservations yet, it's a definite must! Try using our new online reservation system to reserve your spot today!

Speaking of making online reservations, we worked very hard this winter to update not only our website, but our online reservations system as well. Many of you got a small taste of how to use it last summer. Since then, with customer convenience in mind, we have added many new features including making your reservation payment online. How cool is this? So, check out the new and improved . Even though we have this awesome new website, we want you to know that our receptionists are still here to take any phone calls that you may have regarding reservations or the campground. 

We are looking forward to another fantastic summer here at HV and hope to see not only all our returning customers, but new faces as well. Bring out your family and friends to enjoy the crystal clear Huzzah and let this coming summer be the best one yet!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Floating is a fun year round activity!


It is important to know what you can bring and can’t bring in order to make your trip one to remember.  If you follow these few simple steps you will have a great time and make memories that will last a lifetime.

    We will provide every person with a life vest. Make sure that the vest fits
    correctly and that you are familiar with the vest and its use before you begin your
  • SHOES:
    Bring a good pair of water shoes or old tennis shoes. If you wear flip flops, chances are you will probably lose at least one if not both down the river. Good water shoes will keep your feet protected from the sharp rocks and edges you may encounter along the way.

    Appropriate hot weather clothing includes shorts and or swimsuit.  Showers or thunder storms could develop anytime and a poncho or light rain wear is always a good idea. On the other hand, it is extremely easy to get a sunburn on the river even on hazy cool days so don't forget your sunscreen.  There is nothing worse than a sunburn that could have been prevented. Make sure you pack plenty of waterproof sunscreen and a hat. Being on the water will intensify your exposure to the sun even on an overcast day.  When the weather is cool wear light layers.  Always bring a dry change of clothing and shoes to change into following your trip.  Any extra clothing taken on your trip should be packed into water proof bags or containers.

    Don’t forget your dry bag or box. These are great to store all those valuable things you don’t want to get wet such as phones and cameras and of course your dry clothes.  Cameras should be taken on your river trip only if you can keep them in waterproof containers or if they are waterproof or underwater cameras.  Garbage bags may be used but they should be doubled.
    Water tight buckets with lids and coolers also work well.

    Bring plenty of drinking water and soft drinks or juices as to keep yourself hydrated.  Never bring glass containers on the river, it is prohibited as per Missouri Statute 306.325.  Although alcohol is permitted in moderate amounts for those of legal drinking age; alcohol is not recommended for your own safety.  Bring a good, secure cooler that isn’t going to leak for storing all your beverages and food. Remember NO Styrofoam of any kind is allowed on the Missouri waterways. Lunch and or snacks should be placed in small coolers to keep them dry. These coolers should have attached lids. Avoid foods that need to be cooked.
  • LITTER AND VALUABLES:                                                                                                         Protect your valuables by leaving them at home.  Lock any valuables you did
    bring in your car and out of sight. We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen
    items. If you need to take wallets and other valuables on the river they should be
    kept in waterproof zip lock bags and all containers with valuables should be tied
    into your canoe or raft. Also tied into your canoe or raft should be the litter bags
    that are provided for you. That way should you capsize the litter will remain in
    your bag instead of in the river.
  • FIRST AID:  To be on the safe side pack a first aid kit. 
  • Eyeglasses should be worn with floating eyeglass cords or straps. 
  • Make sure your car keys are in a secure and safe place. 
  • Fishing Licenses are required for everyone 16 years of age and older.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Camping takes time & preparation. While planning a camping trip with the family, you have to find where you’re going to go, what you’re going to do, what you need to pack, etc. Not only do you need to plan, but have tools to help you in various situations. With today’s technology, these preparations have become that much easier. 
Through your phone’s app store, you can easily take care of all these preparations & find tools that will aid your camping trip. These apps can save you time, & in some cases, money as well. Below is a list of the 10 best apps to help you in your camping endeavors:
Camp Finder: This app from make finding campgrounds, RV parks, & resorts a breeze. This app searches over 18,000 different sites everywhere. Available for iPhone & Android.
Camping List: With this app, create your camping list so you won’t ever forget another item again. It is easy to use & lets you check & uncheck items as you go. While this app is only available for Apple products, there is a version for Android called Camping Checklist.
Coleman Campfire Tales: This app stores a collection of scary stories to read around your campfire. There are various categories for different age groups (scares for the whole family). Some stories even have sound effects for an extra touch of freaky. Available for Apple products only (& it’s free!).
AccuTerra: This app brought you by NeoTracks allows campers to find millions of miles of trail maps simply from your phone. Available on iPhone.
Spyglass: This isn’t your normal compass. This compass is complete with sextant, rangefinder, & gyrocompass. This app also allows you to tag locations & put everything on a map. Available for Apple products.
MotionX GPS: This app (voted the best iPhone navigation app) saves you from carrying around a chunky GPS. Available on iPhone.
Field Guide Apps: Identify all the organisms out there, ranging from the creepy crawlies to the fungus & everything in between. Available for multiple devices: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, NOOK Color, & Kindle Fire.
Star Walk: This app from Vito Technology is just too cool. It is an award-winning education app that allows users to locate & identify over 20,000 different objects in the night sky (how cool is that?). Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, & Windows Phone.
What Knot To Do: “We believe in leaving no know untied.” Who even knew there were 70 different knots? Learn to tie each one with step-by-step instructions. Available for iPhone.
Dutch Oven Calculator: Calculate the number of coals needed for your Dutch oven to reach a certain temperature. Available for Android. 

Become an outdoor expert with these apps on your next camping trip! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Camper's Guide to Open Flame Grilling

Summer is in full swing, and with with it comes float tripscamping, bonfires and amazing meals from the grill. Check out these simple pointers for building a campfire that will give you the perfect grilling conditions so your next campside meal is a crowd pleaser.

Obviously, the most important step in open flame grilling is building the perfect fire. You'll want to create a long-burning, even fire that won't char your food or blacken your cookware, so make sure all your firewood turns into coals at the same time. 

Here's the best way to do it:
  • Build the fire pit - If your campsite doesn’t come equipped with a fire pit, build one using large rocks. The goal is to make a U-shaped pit that is at least 8' from bushes or drywood, and doesn't have tree branches overhead. If it's windy, make sure the back of the firepit faces the wind. 
  • Lay the kindling - Fill the fire pit area with crumpled paper, tinder or even some leftover Doritos. Next, spread a couple of layers of thin splits of wood or dead tree branches, alternating direction with each layer. Don't be tempted to put kindling down "teepee style" or it won't burn evenly. Light the paper on fire.
  • Build the fire and grade the coals - Now you can add the firewood. Try to make sure all your wood is about the same size, and lay it down evenly over the fire bed. Let the flames die down until only the white coals are left. Use a stick to push them around until you have them stacked higher in the back and lower at the front, which gives you the camping equivalent of 'High,' 'Medium' and 'Low' settings.

  • Cook your meal - Set your grill grate on some rocks. You can put your food directly on the grill, or use cookware. Sometimes food drippings can cause rogue flames to pop up, but those are easily tamed with a spray bottle or squirt gun. 
  • Reuse your fire pit - When you're finished cooking, add wood and build up your flames for your campfire!

But what if grilling isn’t your thing? Maybe the horseback riding adventure you went on lasted longer than you expected or perhaps you finished your float trip late and you just don't feel like grilling, but you and your crew need a hot, delicious meal. Luckily at Huzzah Valley Resort we understand that. We’ve crafted a few Super Spectacular Specials; good through the end of of the season. 
Single Day Special
One day float & delicious BBQ

Get one float trip & one BBQ dinner for as low as $37.00 per person. Our delicious BBQ dinner includes meal choices of hickory smoked pork steak, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwursts, a 12 oz. sirloin steak, or roasted hog. See the single day special details!

The Whoozah Escape
Two nights, one float, dinner & two breakfasts

Get two nights, one float trip, a BBQ dinner & two breakfast buffets. Our delicious BBQ dinner includes meal choices of hickory smoked pork steak, chicken, hamburgers hot dogs, bratwursts, a 12 oz. sirloin steak or roasted hog. Our hearty good old fashion country breakfast include scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and hashbrowns served with juice or milk. See the Whoozah Escape special details.