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  KC to St. Louis Canoe Trip
  Posted by: gold40 on May-28-14 4:15 PM (EST)

-- Last Updated: May-28-14 4:19 PM EST --

My son Jake and I just finished an 8-day 330 mile canoe trip on the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Louis. We camped and cooked on sandbars, and paddled 10 to 12 hours each day, averaging about 4.2 mph. Only had rain one morning.

We used an aluminum 15 foot Osage canoe. Had room for all our gear including tent, sleeping bags, food, and cook gear.

Met a lot of interesting people along the way.
We had talked about making this trek for years, and decided it was the right time. Years ago, we had canoed the Minnesota Boundary Waters.

Saw very few barges, no other canoeists, but a fair number of fishermen. Also a lot of the jumping Asian Carp. Several hit us, and/or the canoe. Two actually landed in the canoe, and we threw them back. They weigh 5 to 10 pounds each.

We had good info from two reference books as well as the Mo. Dept. of Conservation. It was helpful in knowing where all the ramps were located. Plenty of camping spots available in parks along the way. Alos several opportunities to refill water jugs, and purchase food.

The river has clear mile markers each mile.

No real hazards encountered. There are 2 to 4 rock wing dams almost every mile; need to paddle around them. There aren't any "real dams" between KC and St. Louis, so we never had to portage.

The river racers make this trip in 2 to 4 days; we were much slower, pitched camp every night, and cooked hot food. I now have even greater respect and awe for those that can cover this distance in only two days.


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  Didn't know you were out there
  Posted by: MORiverPaddler on May-29-14 9:25 AM (EST)
We are at mm 279, below Waverly. Sounds like you had a good trip.
  Camped at Waverly
  Posted by: gold40 on May-30-14 9:38 PM (EST)
We camped one night at the riverfront park in Waverly.
  Sounds like just the right amount of
  Posted by: ezwater on May-29-14 9:48 PM (EST)
distance and time to make a great trip.


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