Bring your boat and camping gear and we will take care of the rest. If you don’t have a boat we can help you find one.  If you don't want to camp you can B&B it!

Join us for the Paddle MO event that will take you on a unique journey down the last 100 miles of the Missouri River, North America’s longest river! We will discover the river, get immersed in nature, explore historic river towns, and visit with experts along the way.  

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the event start?

Registration and shuttles will occur on the evening of September 22. Paddling will occur on September 23–27, 2017.

How much does it cost?

Thru-Paddler $550.00 This truly unique experience is all inclusive for 5 days. 

Paddle-Lite $230.00 This shortens your experience to a two day all inclusive journey.

Beginning trip shuttle is an extra fee depending on your needs ranging from $30–$50. See registration for details and options.

What does my registration fee include?

Your Paddle MO registration fee is all inclusive for 5 days and includes a T-shirt, boat decal, journal with maps and river descriptions, camping with facilities beginning September 22, daily transportation, gear transportation, meals, entertainment, activities, educational opportunities, insurance, and special swag from our sponsors.

How many people can participate?

Paddle MO will have limited participation. The 2017 event will be limited to a total of 100 paddlers and will include a mixture of paddle-lite and thru-paddlers. 

Can I go for just part of the trip?

Yes, We have a Paddle Mo Lite version that will allow you to join for the weekend. Paddle Mo Lite will begin at Hermann and end at Klondike boat ramp near Augusta.

Can I be a Paddle MO Crasher?

If you crash Paddle MO we will call you a Paddle MO Splasher, and you will even get your own sticker that says so. Understanding that this event takes an immense amount of time, energy, and funds to put on we would appreciate a donation if you plan to join up with the group at any time during the event. Unfortunately Paddle MO Splashers won’t be accommodated with shuttling, food, insurance, any type of camping, or other benefits of the Paddle MO registrants. If you plan to be a Paddle MO Splasher, you can donate here.

Do I have to camp?

If you don’t want to or have special needs that won’t allow you to camp please contact us. There are wonderful B&B options for you. Also new this year are camping cabins. Camping cabins sleep up to 8 individuals and will be offered for 3 nights at Klondike County Park.  Learn more about the camping cabins here. To register for a camping cabin you can do so on the Paddle Mo registration page.  Any accommodations other than camping are not included in the registration fee and the participant would be required to cover those costs.

Do I need to be an experienced paddler?

You don’t need to be an expert, but you do need a little experience. If you are new to paddling, we ask that you take a basic canoeing or kayaking instruction class. The pace and distance of each day’s journey and the difficulty of the river is generally suitable for novice paddlers. Although some view the Missouri River as a scary non-recreational river, we strongly disagree. It is more of a gentle giant. Safety boaters will be among our Paddle MO crew and everyone will receive safety instructions before we set off on our journey. If you are inexperienced on the water you have the option of joining Big Muddy Adventures . This option will give you a place on a multiple seat canoe with a guide. Those joining Big Muddy Adventures will need to register for Paddle MO and choose that registration option.

What do I need to bring?

You are responsible for bringing a canoe, kayak, or SUP, paddles and a personal floatation device. Don’t have your own boat? Big Muddy Adventures can cover you. Contact them for details of boat rental. Also bring standard camping gear including a tent and personal items. Camp gear is limited to 40 pounds and two bags per person. Your boat should be of a size and weight that you and another person can carry. No camp stoves or fuel are permitted.

Where do we camp?

Camping will be at nearby campgrounds. Indoor or sheltered camping may be available at some sites, limited and shared. All participants should bring tents suitable to shelter everyone in their party. Tent camping will be at designated campsite areas. Indoor showers will be available at some campsite locations and toilet facilities will be available at all campsite locations.

Do I need to bring food?

All meals will be provided. We will enjoy food in historic river communities and locally grown foods when available on the river and at our campsites.  Vegetarian options will be available.

Where do I leave my car?

Paddle MO encourages thru-paddlers (those paddling the whole 5 days) to take advantage of the Registration Day shuttles provided at a nominal additional fee. The Registration Day shuttle will occur on September 22 and allows participants to leave their vehicles at the take out location in Columbia Bottoms and be shuttled back to starting location in Hermann. During the week, you will not need your vehicle because free shuttle services will be provided between river and campsites, allowing you to travel light on the river. Those who choose to not use the Registration Day shuttle must make their own arrangements.

Can I fish during Paddle MO?

Yes, but you are responsible for obtaining appropriate licenses and understanding and following the proper rules and regulations.