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Missouri River Water Trail (MO)

The river of the Lewis & Clark Expedition

General Information:
This historic river is one of the largest rivers on earth and provides a world-class paddling experience.

The newly redesigned Missouri River Water Trail has a web-based portal offering information on paddling the Lower Missouri River. The water trail website covers the final 550 miles of the river as it traverses the state of Missouri. Here a paddler will find information for planning everything from simple day trips to multi-day expeditions.

A truly unique aspect of the Missouri River Water Trail is the synergy with the Katy Trail State Park, which is the longest rail to trail system in North America. The Katy Trail is a bicycle and walking path that runs next to the river for more than 200 miles. This extremely popular trail system has served to spawn a whole range of services, such as bed and breakfasts, restaurants, winery’s, etc., all very close to the river's edge. Many of these amenities are of value to both day and expedition paddlers traveling down the river. With a little planning, one can even use a bicycle to travel the Katy Trail back to ones car after a trip on the river.

The water trail website not only features an interactive mapping tool for locating river access points, it also provides tips on what to expect when paddling the river. The water trail site is smart phone friendly and utilizes a familiar google maps interface. This feature allows users determine driving directions to access points, locate additional services such as lodging, camping, grocery stores, restaurants, along with a myriad of other amenities close to the river.

We hope you will consider a paddling trip on the historic "Big Muddy." It is a large river and does require a certain amount of respect. We encourage you to review the safety tips prior to paddling on the river and to always use good judgment. Remember that the river is much more powerful than you are.

Waterways: Missouri River


River Safety:

The lower Missouri River is really not an appropriate river to learn to canoe or kayak for the first time. It is a very large and powerful river and can present some special challenges for paddlers, with significant changes in both river level and paddling conditions. The best way to get on the Missouri River for the first time is to accompany a paddler who is familiar with the river or with an organized group or guide service. You are always responsible for your own safety when boating. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the challenges presented by the Missouri River.

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102

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