You can paddle the Missouri River in a 100-mile float trip will begins in Hermann and ends where the Missouri meets the Mississippi north of St. Louis.
Paddle Mo –– hosted Sept. 24-28 by Stream Teams United –– will offer participants an opportunity to enjoy the wild beauty of North America’s longest river, visit historic river towns and savor locally produced food and camp each night in picturesque surroundings. Participants will also be able to visit with historical and scientific experts on the river, enjoy companionship and camaraderie with fellow paddlers and explore, enjoy and relax. The event is not a race.
Participants can bring their own boat, or Stream Teams United can help find one. You do not need to be an expert paddler to participate, the organization said, but you do need a little experience. If you are new to paddling, you should take a basic canoeing or kayaking instruction class before the event.
The pace and distance of each day’s journey and the difficulty of the river is generally suitable for novice paddlers. Although some view the Missouri River as a scary, non-recreational river, Stream Teams United said is more of a gentle giant. Safety boaters will be among the Paddle MO crew and everyone will receive safety instructions before the journey begins.
If you are inexperienced on the water, you have the option of joining the Big Muddy Adventures crew for as many days as you would like. This option will give you a place on a multiple seat canoe with a guide.
Check-in and shuttling is Sept. 23. The $550 Paddle MO registration fee covers five days and includes all meals, camping with facilities, daily transportation, detailed river maps and journal, T-shirt, boat decal, entertainment, educational activities, opportunity to visit with scientific and historical experts, insurance, and special swag from event sponsors. If you are not up for the full event, or simply don’t have that much time available, you can also plan to paddle for just one day for $100. Daily registration includes shuttle, lunch and a T-shirt.
All funds raised from Paddle MO will support Missouri waterways. For more information and to register online, visit www.paddlemo.org.