What to Do in Kennett, Missouri

Are you planning your stay for an upcoming hunt? Use this guide for navigating places to stay, eat, and experience while visiting Kennett, Missouri. If you have any questions about the area or want recommendations – just give us a call and we’d be happy to help point you in the right direction.


Where is Kennett, Missouri?

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Tucked away in the bootheel of Southeast Missouri lies the city of Kennett, which is the largest town in the bootheel. Kennet is about 4 miles east of Arkansas and less than 100 miles from Memphis, Tennessee, which is about a 1 1/2 hour drive… depending on who is driving.

The city is heavily built around agriculture with an abundance of soybeans, wheat, rice, cotton, and corn in the fields. The flooded rice fields attract a variety of waterfowl, making the area a great destination for duck hunting and snow goose hunting. The town is widely known for its hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

It’s also known as the hometown of Sheryl Crow – so there’s a fun fact for you. You’ll even be welcomed by the world-famous sign along Highway 412.

Where to Eat

Here are a couple of our favorite places to eat in Kennett.

Grecian Steakhouse  – One of the best steak restaurants in town. Great sports pub with your typical standard bar food. 

Chiefs Club – Great food and a popular stop for our hunters looking for nightlife and sports entertainment. 

John Waffle & Pancake House – This cozy small-town diner is a great local breakfast and lunch spot just a short drive from the hunting areas.

Las Margaritas – Craving Mexican food? You’ll definitely want to try the tacos or special enchiladas. They usually have some great specials happening – so be sure to ask them about deals.

Worth the drive… 

Strawberry’s Bar-B-Que – We try not to be biased, but we’ll make an exception for this one. Strawberry’s is definitely our favorite place to eat near Kennett and you MUST try their world-famous Center Cut Pork Steak. Come with an appetite and come early – it’s a first come, first serve kind of deal. Strawberry’s is located in Holcomb, Missouri which is about a 20-minute drive from Kennett. It’s worth it.

Lamberts – Home of the famous thrown rolls and only an hour from hunting grounds in Kennett. You’ll definitely want to come with an appetite here, too. Southern comfort food at its best, and plenty of it. You’ve got to try the jam and honey butter with the rolls. We’ll have to roll you in or out of the duck pits as you’ll be in a food coma.

Where to Sleep & Stay

While we do not offer duck-hunting lodging, we have a couple of great recommendations for you to check out in the area.

Elk Chute Lodge –  Located in Gobler, Missouri (about 5 minutes from Kennett) is one of our favorite places to recommend hunters to stay in the area. It is beautiful, cozy, and clean (because that’s important). This is a locally-owned lodge who are very accommodating and inviting to hunters.

Drury Inn – This hotel is located right off Interstate 55 in Hayti, Missouri. We often suggest this place to stay as it’s the nicest hotel in the area.

Need more guidance? Just give us a call.