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 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 July 30

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we float and explore one of the Ozarks’ many streams. Life jackets will be provided and worn during the float trip. Wear shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops). Drinks and transportation will be provided. Bring a change of clothes and a sack lunch. Ages 12-17. 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+) Registration is by calling the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center at 573-290-5218. 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 9

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri River Celebration!
August 24, 2019

Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe, kayak or on a powered pontoon? Join us for one of these floats to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard! (Adults only)

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on the 4th annual Missouri River Masterpiece
MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, shuttle service and boat lights for the evening float. Reservations required online at: https://mdc.mo.gov/ and hover over the events tab. Search for events in Kansas City.
You must choose both 1 orientation time and 1 float.
August 15 Canoe Orientation at Burr Oak Woods Education Pond: Burr Oak Woods 1401 NW Park Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (choose one) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30, 5:30 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Attend an orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. We will prepare you for your choice of the upcoming floats. Must attend to participate in any of the floats.
August 24
The Day Dawns Bright 6:00 am – 9:00 am
It is magic on the river as the sun peeks over the horizon. We will set out in canoes on an 8-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Platte Landing to Kaw Point. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple breakfast to enjoy out on the river.

Day Float on the Wide Missouri 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
We will set out in canoes on a 15-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Kaw Point to LaBenite Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Bring a simple lunch to enjoy out on the river.

A Missouri River Sunset 3:30 – 8:00 pm
This float embarks on a 14-mile float from LaBenite Park to Ft Osage. Please join us as we explore issues impacting our waterways along the Missouri River with our friends at the Missouri Department of Conservation for our Environmental Humanities Program Series. As the sun lowers in the sky, the Missouri River will take your breath away at sunset! Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and good flashlight. Bring a simple dinner to enjoy out on the river.

Register by August 9

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri River Celebration!
August 24, 2019

Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe, kayak or on a powered pontoon? Join us for one of these floats to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard! (Adults only)

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on the 4th annual Missouri River Masterpiece
MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, shuttle service and boat lights for the evening float. Reservations required online at: https://mdc.mo.gov/ and hover over the events tab. Search for events in Kansas City.
You must choose both 1 orientation time and 1 float.
August 15 Canoe Orientation at Burr Oak Woods Education Pond: Burr Oak Woods 1401 NW Park Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (choose one) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30, 5:30 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Attend an orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. We will prepare you for your choice of the upcoming floats. Must attend to participate in any of the floats.
August 24
The Day Dawns Bright 6:00 am – 9:00 am
It is magic on the river as the sun peeks over the horizon. We will set out in canoes on an 8-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Platte Landing to Kaw Point. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple breakfast to enjoy out on the river.

Day Float on the Wide Missouri 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
We will set out in canoes on a 15-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Kaw Point to LaBenite Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Bring a simple lunch to enjoy out on the river.

A Missouri River Sunset 3:30 – 8:00 pm
This float embarks on a 14-mile float from LaBenite Park to Ft Osage. Please join us as we explore issues impacting our waterways along the Missouri River with our friends at the Missouri Department of Conservation for our Environmental Humanities Program Series. As the sun lowers in the sky, the Missouri River will take your breath away at sunset! Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and good flashlight. Bring a simple dinner to enjoy out on the river.

Register by August 9

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri River Celebration!
August 24, 2019

Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe, kayak or on a powered pontoon? Join us for one of these floats to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard! (Adults only)

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on the 4th annual Missouri River Masterpiece
MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, shuttle service and boat lights for the evening float. Reservations required online at: https://mdc.mo.gov/ and hover over the events tab. Search for events in Kansas City.
You must choose both 1 orientation time and 1 float.
August 15 Canoe Orientation at Burr Oak Woods Education Pond: Burr Oak Woods 1401 NW Park Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (choose one) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30, 5:30 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Attend an orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. We will prepare you for your choice of the upcoming floats. Must attend to participate in any of the floats.
August 24
The Day Dawns Bright 6:00 am – 9:00 am
It is magic on the river as the sun peeks over the horizon. We will set out in canoes on an 8-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Platte Landing to Kaw Point. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple breakfast to enjoy out on the river.

Day Float on the Wide Missouri 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
We will set out in canoes on a 15-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Kaw Point to LaBenite Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Bring a simple lunch to enjoy out on the river.

A Missouri River Sunset 3:30 – 8:00 pm
This float embarks on a 14-mile float from LaBenite Park to Ft Osage. Please join us as we explore issues impacting our waterways along the Missouri River with our friends at the Missouri Department of Conservation for our Environmental Humanities Program Series. As the sun lowers in the sky, the Missouri River will take your breath away at sunset! Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and good flashlight. Bring a simple dinner to enjoy out on the river.

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. If you are driving yourself but want to use our canoe, please call the Nature Center at 573-290-5218 when you register.

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, insect spray 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.

Register by August 16

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Location: LaBenite Park

Registration required (adults) Step aboard the MDC river boat for an opportunity of exploration on the Missouri River. Your journey will be via motor boat and will give you an opportunity to experience the river in many ways, you will view wildlife, learn how the river has changed over time and discover other features of the Missouri River. Participants will need to provide their own transportation. More information will be shared with those who register.

Register by August 16

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: LaBenite Park

Registration required (adults) Step aboard the MDC river boat for an opportunity of exploration on the Missouri River. Your journey will be via motor boat and will give you an opportunity to experience the river in many ways, you will view wildlife, learn how the river has changed over time and discover other features of the Missouri River. Participants will need to provide their own transportation. More information will be shared with those who register.

Register by August 16

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: LaBenite Park

Registration required (adults) Step aboard the MDC river boat for an opportunity of exploration on the Missouri River. Your journey will be via motor boat and will give you an opportunity to experience the river in many ways, you will view wildlife, learn how the river has changed over time and discover other features of the Missouri River. Participants will need to provide their own transportation. More information will be shared with those who register.

Register by August 14

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 6:00am to 9:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri River Celebration!
August 24, 2019

Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe, kayak or on a powered pontoon? Join us for one of these floats to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard! (Adults only)

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on the 4th annual Missouri River Masterpiece
MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, shuttle service and boat lights for the evening float. Reservations required online at: https://mdc.mo.gov/ and hover over the events tab. Search for events in Kansas City.
You must choose both 1 orientation time and 1 float.
August 15 Canoe Orientation at Burr Oak Woods Education Pond: Burr Oak Woods 1401 NW Park Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (choose one) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30, 5:30 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Attend an orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. We will prepare you for your choice of the upcoming floats. Must attend to participate in any of the floats.
August 24
The Day Dawns Bright 6:00 am – 9:00 am
It is magic on the river as the sun peeks over the horizon. We will set out in canoes on an 8-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Platte Landing to Kaw Point. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple breakfast to enjoy out on the river.

Day Float on the Wide Missouri 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
We will set out in canoes on a 15-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Kaw Point to LaBenite Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Bring a simple lunch to enjoy out on the river.

A Missouri River Sunset 3:30 – 8:00 pm
This float embarks on a 14-mile float from LaBenite Park to Ft Osage. Please join us as we explore issues impacting our waterways along the Missouri River with our friends at the Missouri Department of Conservation for our Environmental Humanities Program Series. As the sun lowers in the sky, the Missouri River will take your breath away at sunset! Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and good flashlight. Bring a simple dinner to enjoy out on the river.

Register by August 14

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri River Celebration!
August 24, 2019

Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe, kayak or on a powered pontoon? Join us for one of these floats to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard! (Adults only)

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on the 4th annual Missouri River Masterpiece
MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, shuttle service and boat lights for the evening float. Reservations required online at: https://mdc.mo.gov/ and hover over the events tab. Search for events in Kansas City.
You must choose both 1 orientation time and 1 float.
August 15 Canoe Orientation at Burr Oak Woods Education Pond: Burr Oak Woods 1401 NW Park Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (choose one) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30, 5:30 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Attend an orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. We will prepare you for your choice of the upcoming floats. Must attend to participate in any of the floats.
August 24
The Day Dawns Bright 6:00 am – 9:00 am
It is magic on the river as the sun peeks over the horizon. We will set out in canoes on an 8-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Platte Landing to Kaw Point. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple breakfast to enjoy out on the river.

Day Float on the Wide Missouri 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
We will set out in canoes on a 15-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Kaw Point to LaBenite Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Bring a simple lunch to enjoy out on the river.

A Missouri River Sunset 3:30 – 8:00 pm
This float embarks on a 14-mile float from LaBenite Park to Ft Osage. Please join us as we explore issues impacting our waterways along the Missouri River with our friends at the Missouri Department of Conservation for our Environmental Humanities Program Series. As the sun lowers in the sky, the Missouri River will take your breath away at sunset! Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and good flashlight. Bring a simple dinner to enjoy out on the river.

Register by August 14

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 3:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri River Celebration!
August 24, 2019

Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe, kayak or on a powered pontoon? Join us for one of these floats to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard! (Adults only)

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on the 4th annual Missouri River Masterpiece
MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, shuttle service and boat lights for the evening float. Reservations required online at: https://mdc.mo.gov/ and hover over the events tab. Search for events in Kansas City.
You must choose both 1 orientation time and 1 float.
August 15 Canoe Orientation at Burr Oak Woods Education Pond: Burr Oak Woods 1401 NW Park Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (choose one) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30, 5:30 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Attend an orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. We will prepare you for your choice of the upcoming floats. Must attend to participate in any of the floats.
August 24
The Day Dawns Bright 6:00 am – 9:00 am
It is magic on the river as the sun peeks over the horizon. We will set out in canoes on an 8-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Platte Landing to Kaw Point. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple breakfast to enjoy out on the river.

Day Float on the Wide Missouri 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
We will set out in canoes on a 15-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Kaw Point to LaBenite Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Bring a simple lunch to enjoy out on the river.

A Missouri River Sunset 3:30 – 8:00 pm
This float embarks on a 14-mile float from LaBenite Park to Ft Osage. Please join us as we explore issues impacting our waterways along the Missouri River with our friends at the Missouri Department of Conservation for our Environmental Humanities Program Series. As the sun lowers in the sky, the Missouri River will take your breath away at sunset! Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and good flashlight. Bring a simple dinner to enjoy out on the river.