We took a Dawt Mill float trip years ago, when our girls were little, paddling a canoe down Bryant Creek from where we were dropped off and ending at the dam at Dawt Mill about five hours later. Afterwards we bought the girls snacks and t-shirts in the old mill that doubled as a general store. That’s about all that was there then: the canoe rental, the general store, and a few camp sites. Fast-forward about thirty years. My husband and I visited again, and what a change! Canoe trips are as popular as ever, but now there are several options for dining and lodging.
We stayed in a one-room cabin overlooking the river, a cabin just right for two people.
If you have a larger party, you can stay in the two-room suites in the Cotton Gin Inn or in the Log Cabin that sleeps six adults.
The general store in the old mill that we visited years ago has been converted to Henegar’s Gristmill Restaurant, open breakfast through dinner, with several tables that overlook the river. Though fancier entrees were offered, we opted for simple but delicious burgers.
Sawyer’s Deli, serving sandwiches and snacks, is a more casual eatery. If you want a splurge meal, consider the Chef’s Table on the weekends for a multi-course meal. On summer weekends, enjoy a concert or karaoke on the outdoor deck of the Gravel Bar.
It was too cold for a canoe trip during our stay, but watching the rush of the river from our cozy cabin and taking a few walks closer to the water to take photos was relaxing. And since restaurants are few and far between in the area, it was nice to be able to eat right at the resort. We’ll have to return yet again for an encore canoe trip.
Dawt Mill is located in Ozark County, Missouri, near the town of Tecumseh. Check the web site for further details.
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