Canoeing/Floating

Floating Missouri's streams is a fantastic way to enjoy our state’s great outdoors. Whether your passion is angling for smallmouth or rock bass, keeping an eye out for elusive wildlife, or simply drifting downstream with the current, a day on the river will lift your spirit.

Get Free "Stash Your Trash" Bags

Don't let lack of gear stop you from enjoying Missouri's streams by canoe or kayak. The list below can help you find float outfitters that work with the Missouri Stream Team program to provide free Stash Your Trash red mesh bags. These handy bags help you keep Missouri streams clean and healthy while you’re having fun on the water. Stash your own trash, and be sure to pick up litter you encounter, too!

Missouri's streams are not only beautiful and full of life. They're a big part of Missouri's outdoor recreation economy. Please support the businesses that participate in the Stream Team's Stash Your Trash program.

Stream Team Member? Get a Discount

Some of the outfitters listed below offer a discount for Stream Team members who plan litter pickups or other Stream Team activities during their float trips. Just present your Stream Team ID.

Find Canoe Outfitters

Business Address Phone Stream Team Discount
3 Bridges Raft Rental
www.3bridgesraft.com
2370 Sappington Bridge Road Bourbon 65441 573-468-7238 Yes
Ables Sugar Island Park & Canoe Rental
www.sugarislandcanoe.com
1354 Big Sugar Creek Road Pineville 64856 417-223-4410 Yes
Adventure Outdoors/Fagan's Canoe & Raft Rental
www.adventureoutdoorcanoeing.com
247 Thurman Lake Road Steelville 65565 573-775-5744
636-399-1122
Yes
Adventures Float Trips & Campground, LLC
www.mo-adventures.com
1667 State Highway 64 Lebanon 65536 417-588-7238 Yes
Akers Ferry Canoe Rental
www.currentrivercanoe.com
36869 State Route K Salem 65560 573-858-3224
800-333-5628
Yes
Angie's Devils Elbow River Safari PO Box 294 Devils Elbow 65457 573-855-4733 Yes
Angler's Resort
www.anglersresortonpopmme.com
22119 County Road 244A Wheatland 65779 417-282-5507 Yes
Arapaho Family Campground & Canoe and Raft Rental
www.arapahocampground.com
351 Arapaho Drive Sullivan 63080 573-468-3218, 573-468-8300 Yes
Arrowhead Campground
www.arrowheadcampgrounds.com
2630 State Highway B Oak Ridge 63769 573-495-2137 No
Arthur Murray's Motel 13494 State Highway 59 South Noel 64854 417-455-6683 No

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Canoeing/Floating Events

Register by June 1

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00pm

Location: Platte Landing Park

A $20.00 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS AND REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNLESS WE RECEIVE THE DEPOSIT WITHIN ONE WEEK OF REGISTRATION. Checks should be mailed or hand delivered to Gorman Discovery Center 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City MO 64110. Make checks payable to: Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation.
Registration required beginning April 22 (adults)
MANDATORY ORIENTATION: June 4 from 6-8 PM in Swope Park. Logistics of this float, Missouri River navigation and paddle techniques will be covered in this session.
THE FLOAT: There is magic in the night as we experience the lively lights of Kansas City twinkling with the moon and stars on the Missouri River after dark, creating a masterpiece you will not soon forget! We will depart from Platte Landing Park in Parkville and leisurely paddle to the Kaw Point Access in the Fairfax district. Shuttle service will be provided. Presented in cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council. Registration is not complete unless we receive your $20.00 refundable deposit within one week of registration.
The deposit should be made out to the MISSOURI CONSERVATION HERITAGE FOUNDATION. Please deliver it to the Discovery Center at 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. You will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation after we receive your deposit

Register by May 24

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 8-11)

If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Archery, Atlatl, Canoeing).

Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

Register by May 24

Date: Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 12-18)

If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Archery, Atlatl, Canoeing).

Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

Register by May 24

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 8-11)

If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Archery, Atlatl, Canoeing).

Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

Register by May 24

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 12-18)

If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Archery, Atlatl, Canoeing).

Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

Register by May 24

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 8-11)

If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Archery, Atlatl, Canoeing).

Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

Register by May 24

Date: Friday, June 14, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 8-11)

If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Archery, Atlatl, Canoeing).

Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

Register by June 14

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each family member attending (families with children 8+)
Lakes and streams are beautiful and are a unique part of the outdoor recreation opportunities in Missouri. Gain confidence exploring out on the water as you learn basic canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard strokes, problem-solving tips, and how to plan your own river trip. Please call to register. This program will be presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by May 24

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 8-11)

If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Archery, Atlatl, Canoeing).

Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

Register by May 24

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 12-18)

If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Archery, Atlatl, Canoeing).

Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

Register by June 21

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Kayaking can be a great way to get outdoors and see the Ozarks from a new perspective. Join instructors from the Ozark Mountain Paddlers for an introductory lesson at Lake Springfield. Equipment is provided. Registered participants will meet at the Lake Springfield Park boathouse. Ages 18-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 21

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

This program is for women only. Girls 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult female. Kayaking can be a great way to get outdoors and see the Ozarks from a new perspective. Join instructors from the Ozark Mountain Paddlers for an introductory lesson at Lake Springfield. Equipment is provided. Registered participants will meet at the Lake Springfield Park boathouse. 14-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 20

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn canoeing basics as we explore Lake Springfield. We will meet at the Southwood Access and go over canoeing strokes and safety before heading out on the water. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet. PFDs (Personal Floatation Devices) will be provided. To reach Southwood Access (on the east side of Lake Springfield, just west of the Highway 65 bridge) take the Evans Road exit off Highway 65. Then, travel west on Evans Road, and then north on Southwood Road. Ages 18-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 9

Date: Friday, August 9, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Friday, August 9 6-7:30 PM and
Saturday, August 10 7:30 AM-2:30 PM
Registration begins July 1 (ages 16+) Event is free.
Enjoy a float from Trail of Tears State Park to Red Star Access on North America’s largest river—the mighty Mississippi! Eat lunch on a sandbar and explore the river with expert guides. This is for experienced paddlers only and participants must attend the Friday night session about navigation, river flows, hazards, and other important information to participate in the float. Navigating the river requires skill and strength-please consider your personal fitness before signing up. No first timers on this trip! Registration will be by phone, please call 573-290-5218. Participants need to attend the Friday pre-float meeting at the nature center.
Participants will meet at Red Star Access at 7:30 AM on Saturday morning for transportation to Trail of Tears State Park. Individuals that are bringing their own boats can drop off their boats at Trail of Tears from 6:45-7:10 am, they can then drive to Red Star Access to leave their vehicle and catch the shuttle.
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDS/Life Jackets) are required.
Please bring your lunch, a water bottle, sunscreen, hat, water shoes (no flip-flops), shorts, etc.
Float consists of 13 river miles and is dependent on weather and river stages. The river flows at 5 mph on average.
A support boat will be present at all times and will be used to carry water coolers. Personal gear should be light enough to be carried in their boat.

Experienced = i.e. participants who have more than one year of experience paddling rivers like the Current, Missouri, or Black, OR participants who have participated in a large river float before on rivers like the Mississippi or the Missouri.

Register by August 16

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Perry County Community Lake

Watch the near-full moon rise on a warm summer night at Perry County Lake. Expect to see nocturnal creatures and hear the chorus of frogs as we paddle as a group. Canoes and instruction will be provided. Please bring water, appropriate clothing, and a flashlight. If you wish to ride with us and use our equipment, that option is available, sign up for the ride with us option. Participants who ride with us may not bring their own boats. Program and transportation from the Nature Center are free.

Register by August 16

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Perry County Community Lake

Watch the near-full moon rise on a warm summer night at Perry County Lake. Expect to see nocturnal creatures and hear the chorus of frogs as we paddle as a group. Canoes and instruction will be provided. Please bring water, appropriate clothing, and a flashlight. If you wish to drive yourself or bring your own canoe or kayak, that option is available, sign up for the drive yourself option. Participants who ride with us may not bring their own boats. Program and transportation from the Nature Center are free.