Motorboat Excursions

An Experience for the Whole Family 

The Missouri River is a majestic place to experience as the first signs of Autumn reveal themselves! That is why we are offering motorboat trips to families and pods at Cooper’s Landing. Participants will step aboard our motorboat for a 2-hour interactive experience, where we’ll introduce you to the mysteries of the river. If the river levels work in our favor we might also be able to explore California Island. 

Friday, October 2nd & Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

  • 2 Hour Motorboat Trips
  • One Family or Pod Per Trip (4-6 people min/max)
  • Cooper’s Landing in Columbia, MO

Suggested Donation: $25 Per Person

Registration is now FULL. Email [email protected] to be added to the wait list. 

If you are a homeschool family or a teacher with a pod of students booking a trip, please contact us for the additional pre-post curriculum to incorporate into your experience at [email protected] 

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 new 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 four people and a maximum of six people. Limiting our group size will allow us to better social distance on the motorboats. 

Explore the Big Muddy Trip Schedule 

Participants will meet at Cooper’s Landing and receive a safety talk and life jacket before loading on to the motorboat. 

Friday, October 2nd 

  • 9:00am-11:00pm
  • 11:30pm-1:30pm
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • 4:30pm-6:30pm

Saturday, October 3rd 

  • 9:00am-11:00pm
  • 11:30pm-1:30pm
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • 4:30pm-6:30pm

In addition, 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 truck on Cooper’s Landing Facebook page. 

Explore the Big Muddy Registration

Registration is now FULL. To be added to the wait list email [email protected] 

Complete the online registration process here. Please have your payment information ready if you are making a donation 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 min. of four people and a maximum of six 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:

  • 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. 

Interested in a Personalized Motorboat Excursion with Your Family or Co-Workers? 

Complete the form below and we will get in touch with more information. 

Request Motorboat Excursions Information

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

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