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.  

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 18. Paddling will occur on September 19–23, 2018.

How much does it cost?

See the registration page at www.paddlemo/register 

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 18, 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 2018 event will be limited to a total of 100 paddlers and will include a mixture of full week and weekend paddlers. 

Can I go for just part of the trip?

Yes, We have a weekend option that will allow you to join for the weekend. Weekend paddlers will begin at St. Charles and end at the confluence. 

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. 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?

We have a designated parking lot in St. Charles for our group. For the 2018 trip, a shuttle will be available on Tuesday Sept. 18th from the St. Charles riverfront. If you choose to take this shuttle, you will leave your car at the St. Charles parking lot. If you prefer to make your own arrangements for being picked up or dropped off, we can help you work with others in the group for vehicle logistics.

Can I fish during Paddle MO?

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