There are many ways to connect to the Missouri River, but sometimes the river can be intimidating, and lets face it, it can take a lot of planning to get out there! We want you to be able to explore and enjoy this resource safely too. Everyone deserves to recreate on the Missouri River and we hope these resources will help make sure you are ready for your next hike, paddling adventure or river race.
The Missouri River is a special place. You can do day paddles or plan multiple days and nights on the river. Below are resources to help you prepare for your paddle trip and things to consider before you get on the river:
After planning the logistics for your trip, you are now ready to think about what you're bringing with you. Below is a list of items you should have with you for any river trip duration.
Other helpful gear:
Competitive? Sign up for a river race! Click each logo to learn more.
These don't work for you? Here is a link to other races happening!
There is so much to do around the Missouri River! Below are just a handful of ways to connect yourself to this magnificent resource and spend some time outdoors without physically getting on the river. From fishing off the banks, biking alongside the river, or just simply enjoying the view, the areas listed below have plenty of recreational opportunities for you to explore.
The Katy Trail - At 240 miles long, this trail runs between Clinton and Machens and has 26 trailheads. Starting in Boonville, The Katy Trail runs along the Missouri River. Check out the link to learn more about this historical Missouri trail.
Big Muddy Notional Fish and Wildlife Refuge - This refuge has 18 units available for free to the public, with almost 20,000 acres of wildlife habitat along the lower Missouri River. Click the link to learn more and visit one of the refuge units closest to you.
Conservation Areas - The Missouri Department of Conservation manages the majority of the accesses to the Missouri River, and have many conservation areas across the state. Use this search to find areas near you, and be sure to use the advanced search option to fine-tune your search.
Missouri River Towns - There are many historic towns along the Missouri River. The link provided highlights some of these towns that you should consider visiting. Here is a quick link to all the Missouri towns along the Big Muddy.
Other than our Missouri River races, we have a couple of other opportunities for you to get out on the water with us:
Big Muddy Boat Rides - In the warmer months of the year, we provide 2-hour motorboat excursions on the Missouri River starting from Cooper's Landing. Click the link to learn more about this opportunity and register through Columbia Parks and Recreation.
Cleanups - Missouri River Relief executes two spring and two fall large-scale cleanups annually. Registered volunteers join us for a day of stewardship. Click the link to learn more about what our cleanups look like, then check out our upcoming cleanup schedule to get registered.
See you on the river! #SYOTR