Rolla MO – For Immediate Release
When three college buddies took a float trip in the fall of 2012, they were asked to leave the campground before they had even full unpacked – because they were naked. The three men and their wives are part of a growing movement to “enjoy nature, naturally“. Since then, the three pals have been plotting revenge, and boy have they come up with something interesting.
Three Friends, Inc. from Rolla announced today that they’ve opened a new float trip resort located on Beaver Creek. The recently developed 69 acre resort and campground is taking reservations from, well, certain individuals. Many in the town and nearby areas are concerned about what this new outfitter brings to the area, while others praise their boldness.
The new resort, named Beaver Creek Playground & Resort, officially opens May 21 but is already booked solid through the second week in July. The phones are ringing regularly and it won’t be long before their entire summer is booked full. The resort boasts nearly a mile of private riverfront camping, three restaurants and a community shower/restroom area.
“This isn’t you average float trip resort,” says owner Peter Long. “Our clientele will appreciate spectacular beauty both on and off the river.”
Yes, it’s a nudist outfitter – the only one legally licensed in Missouri.
A Different Kind of Float Trip
Along with boasting a clothing-optional campground, the clientele can also enjoy lunch and dinner from several tongue-in-cheek restaurants such as Tastes Like Chicken – a friend chicken option with – of course – only breast, thighs, and legs available for consumption. There’s also the Landing Strip – a quick on-the-go food option with an aeronautical theme that includes tuna sandwiches and footlong sausages.
For most, however, the real fun comes on Saturday mornings when the resort starts up the buses and ushers them all four miles north to Mound City where they are all dropped off with their canoes, kayaks and rafts to enjoy a six mile float back down Beaver Creek to the campground – a stretch of water that is rarely floated by others. This near-total seclusion leads to some crazy scenes on and off the water.
“It’s a great way to meet new friends and just enjoy your freedom as an American,” says resort patron Tony Venducci. “We’ve booked three weekends with friends already this year.”
For those that are not too worn out from the float, the resort also caters an event on Saturday evening that includes mud wrestling, naked karaoke and a ‘Best Non-Tan Lines’ contest. There is, of course, plenty of liquor and BBQ to go ’round.
Not Everyone Happy
Town officials, however, aren’t so ecstatic. Several have already scheduled protests outside the resort gates on May 21 when the outfitter officially opens for business.
“We don’t want to see this kind of exposure on our rivers, nor in our neighborhood!” says Sister Peggy Gitnun. “This place needs to be shut down before it gets out of hand.”
Several city council members are also upset about the announcement, citing that they weren’t told about the nudity during the business permit process. Three council members have already filed a joint bill to get the resorts license revoked.
Floating Gains Popularity
Despite being a very local and seasonal occurrence, float trips in Missouri continue to drive the economy of many small towns throughout the state. Many out-of-state visitors are exposed to floating for the first time during their summers passing through our state. Without the summer floating season, many towns would have a hard time staying afloat, you could say.
Like it or not, the new nudist resort will bring more money to the local economy, and that’s one thing no one will complain about.
If you’d like to book your weekend at the new Beaver Creek Playground & Resort, you can call them Monday through Saturday toll-free at 1-888-FBEAVER.
And when you’re packing to go, remember – beads are optional.