Big Muddy Boat Rides

An Experience for the Whole Family

The Missouri River is a majestic place to be experienced by a motorboat! That is why we are offering the Big Muddy Boat Ride Series out of Cooper's Landing during the warmer months of 2024. For each month, registered participants will have the opportunity to step aboard our motorboat for a 2-hour interactive experience where we'll introduce you to our treasured natural resource. 

Big Muddy Boat Ride Series Details

  • 2 Hour Motorboat Trips (max capacity 18 guests)
  • At Cooper's Landing in Columbia, MO
  • Cost is $25 Per Person
  • Registration opens March 6th

Participants will meet at Cooper's Landing and receive a safety talk and life jacket before loading onto the motorboat.  If you want to make a whole weekend out of the experience, you can make camping reservations at Cooper's Landing website or check out their schedule of live music and food trucks on Cooper's Landing Facebook page.

Big Muddy Boat Ride Schedule

We schedule boat rides for late spring and early summer 2024. This year's rides will be offered at 11:30am, 2:00pm, and 4:30pm on the following Saturdays:

  • May 4th 
  • June 8th
  • August 17th


Big Muddy Boat Ride Series Registration

Registration is hosted by Columbia Parks and Recreation.

  1. Registration opens March 6th, 2024, through Columbia Parks & Recreation. You may call (573) 874-7460 and register for Big Muddy Boat Rides via telephone. Calling is highly encouraged and is the most user-friendly way to register.
  2. You can also follow this link, which will take you directly to the registration page on The City of Columbia's website. You can also use the search function and enter the activity code 314306 and then select your preferred day and time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is safety going to be handled on the river?

Safety is our number one priority; we will provide participants with a safety talk and life jackets before going on the boat ride. Participants do not need to know how to swim because we will not be entering the water. Experienced boat captains pilot our aluminum plate boats that have all completed boat operator training and are assisted by deckhands.

What type of boats will we be in?

Participants will be on the Missouri River in a 28-foot open boat, with an aluminum plate and a 200-horsepower marine motor that we call the Lucia. 

How should I come prepared for the trip?

We will send out an email prior to the trip with information on how to come prepared but here is the basic information:

  • Dress comfortably, bring a jacket and hat come prepared for the weather. 
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended.
  • Wear sturdy footwear that you are willing to get wet or muddy. (no flip flops) 
  • Bring a re-usable water bottle.  Water jugs will be provided on the boat.
  • If the river levels are low enough we might make it to an island, just in case bring some fun toys for the sand. 
  • If you have a Life Jacket that fits you, bring it. 

Click here so see our 2023 May, June, and July rides on Flickr. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Schulte at 573-443-0292. 

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