Motorboat Excursions

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 between April and October of 2021. 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.

Upcoming Trip Dates Include: Friday, April 23rd, and Saturday, April 24th at 9:00am-11:00am, 11:30am-1:30pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 4:30pm-6:30pm.

Big Muddy Boat Ride Series Details

  • 2 Hour Motorboat Trips for One Family or Pod Per Trip (4-8 people min/max)
  • At Cooper's Landing in Columbia, MO
  • Registration Opens Two Weeks Before Each Months Boat Ride.
  • Suggested donation: $25 Per person

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.

Boat Ride Registration

Registration for these trips will open up two weeks before each month's boat ride. Complete the online registration process here.

Big Muddy Boat Ride Series Schedule

During the following dates and times, we will host motorboat trips. Registration for these trips will open up two weeks before each month's boat ride.

Dates & Times: 9:00am-11:00am, 11:30am-1:30pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 4:30pm-6:30pm

April 2021

  • Friday, April 23rd
  • Saturday, April 24th                         

June 2021 (LGBTQ+ Boat Rides)

  • Friday, June 25th
  • Saturday, June 26th

August 2021 (Women's Boat Rides)

  • Friday, August 13th
  • Saturday, August 14th

October 2021

  • Friday, October 15th
  • Saturday, October 16th

May 2021 (Veteran & Military Service Members Boat Rides)

  • Friday, May 14th
  • Saturday, May 15th        

July 2021

  • Friday, July 16th
  • Saturday, July 17th

September 2021

  • Friday, September 10th
  • Saturday, September 11th

Big Muddy Boat Ride Series Celebrates You

Join our monthly motorboat rides for Veteran & Military Service Members in May, LGBTQ+ in June, and Women in August! These boat rides are an opportunity to getting outside, connect us to ourselves, to each other, and our treasured natural resources.

May is Veteran & Military Service Members boat rides in honor of National Military Appreciation Month

  • Participants who are veterans with prior military service, active military service members in the United States Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves, and military family members or friends can also participate.

June is LGBTQ+ boat rides to celebrate Pride Month

  • Participants who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, two-spirited, intersex, asexual, pansexual, agender, gender queer, bigender, gender variant, and pangender; LGBTQ+ participants family members and friends can also participate.

August is Women's boat rides to honor Women's Equality Day

  • Participants who identify as a woman, transgendered woman, gender expression is female or uses "she/her" pronouns. Participants' family members and friends can also participate.

Big Muddy Boat Ride Series Registration

Registration for the Monthly Boat Ride Series opens two weeks before the boat trips. Registration for April trips are now open. Complete the online registration process here.

Please have your payment information ready if you are donating to Missouri River Relief. The suggested donation is $25 per person. Remember that our boat capacity is to maintain social distancing, so we have a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8 people.

 

Important Information

Covid-19 Program Policies 

  • All participants will be required to wear a facemask and maintain social distancing. 
  • Motorboats will be sanitized before each new group of participants. 
  • All participants will be provided with a fresh life jacket (not previously worn). If you have your own lifejacket you are more than welcome to bring it. 

Covid-19 Group Size 

  • All motorboat trips are limited to one family or pod (i.e. social bubble/cohort) of people. All groups must have a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8 people. 

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:

  • A face mask is required to participate in the program. We recommend hand sanitizer as well. 
  • 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. 

Can a homeschool group or family participate?

Yes. If you are a homeschool family or a teacher with a pod of students booking a trip, we have an additional pre-post curriculum to incorporate into your experience, just contact our education director at [email protected] to receive a copy.

Can I book a personalized motorboat excursion for my family or business?

Yes. We sometimes have time available in our schedule to take a family, co-workers or a business out on the Missouri River for a donation. If you are interested in receiving more information about this opportunity, complete this form, and we will get in touch with more information. 

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

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