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.
Paddle MO is hosted by the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition (Stream Teams United). We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that formed in 1999. We are made up of Missouri Stream Team volunteer associations from around the state of Missouri. We work to promote Education, Stewardship, and Advocacy for Missouri Streams. Along with our partners (Missouri River Relief, Earth’s Classroom, Big Muddy Adventures, and the Missouri Stream Team Program) and sponsors we host and coordinate this unique river adventure. Proceeds of the event support the general operations of our not-for-profit organization.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the event start?
Registration and shuttles will occur on the evening of September 20. Paddling will occur on September 21–25, 2019.
How much does it cost?
Our 2019 registration prices are:
During Early-Bird Registration beginning January 1, 2019
$225 for the Weekend-only trip (price will go to $250 after Early Bird registration)
$575 for the full 5-day trip (price will go to $600 after Early Bird registration)
See the registration page at www.paddlemo/register
What does my registration fee include?
The registration cost assumes that you are bringing your own canoe or kayak (if you need to rent one this can be done for an additional cost). The cost includes all meals from Saturday morning (9/21) to Wed lunch (9/25) for the full trip (except we are planning participants will be able to pick their own restaurant Monday night in St. Charles and will pay for this meal on their own so they can choose whatever they want for that dinner - the rest of the 13 meals are catered for the group). Weekend trip meals include 5 catered meals from Sat. morning through Sunday lunch. Cost includes Paddle MO t-shirt, boat decal, river guides, journal maps with river descriptions, safety boat, trip insurance, camping fees, daily transportation and gear transportation during the trip, music entertainment, educational presentations on the river, and special swag from our sponsors. The pre-trip shuttle from the final take-out point is an extra $10/person and $10 per boat that needs shuttled upriver (if you are being dropped off/picked up and don't need to shuttle your boat before the trip, there is no additional shuttle fee).
How many people can participate?
Paddle MO will have limited participation. The 2019 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 Hermann and float to Klondike Park near Defiance, a total of 42 miles.
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.
What do I need to bring?
You are responsible for bringing a canoe, kayak, or SUP, paddles and a personal flotation device. Don’t have your own boat? Big Muddy Adventures or Earth’s Classroom may be able to provide one for you. Contact them for details of boat rental. Canoes can be rented by calling Earth’s Classroom at 573-437-7628. Also bring standard camping gear including a tent and personal items. 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 with the exception of the evening meal on Monday Sept. 23 in St. Charles where participants will be able to choose a restaurant and their meal of choice in downtown St. Charles. 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 at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. For the 2019 trip, a shuttle will be available on Friday Sept. 20th from Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. If you choose to take this shuttle, you will leave your car at the Conservation Area behind a locked gate. 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.