Floating Regulations
  • ‘Traveler’ busy connecting outdoor lovers everywhere

    I spend a lot of my time driving all across Missouri, visiting with advertisers and readers, interviewing campers and other people for stories in the Traveler, finding new places to take my family camping or for a day trip… you name it. ...

  • Brown marmorated stink bug found in Missouri

    Farmers and homeowners in Missouri should be on the lookout for the brown marmorated stink bug this year. The invasive insect has been found in southwestern Missouri, Jefferson City and St. Louis, according to reports from University of Missouri ...

  • Kid’s Fishing Day at Maramec Spring Park

    Kids Free Fishing Day at Maramec Spring Park near St. James will be held Saturday, May 16. Kids fish free and there will be no parking fee on this day for cars with kids 15 and under inside! Fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. The entire ...

  • 13-year periodical Cicadas expected to ring

    This summer may be a noisy one throughout parts of Southeast Missouri according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).  A brood of 13-year cicadas (Brood XXIII) that extends from Illinois to Louisiana will emerge in southeastern ...

  • Floating, camping & lots of fun for the whole family

    Ozark Outdoors Riverfront Resort has been in business since 1960 and is located on 1.5 miles of beautiful riverfront property. “We offer floating, camping, cabin rentals, three rivers to choose from, and pet friendly property,” said Tera Reed, ...

  • The ‘boundaries’ of the Ozarks might really surprise you

    So just where are the Ozarks, exactly? Glad you asked. There is a basic geographic boundary, though I’ve seen it argued on paper some, and it isn’t as definite in some places as it is in others. The region is roughly triangular and transcends ...

  • Trail cam

    Wayne Coleman of Potosi recently submitted this photo taken by his trail camera — “The cam is an infrared Bushnell. I mounted it on an oak tree waist high in a transition zone between a five acre pine forest and a standing soybean food plot on ...

  • Squirrel, bass seasons open Memorial weekend

    Memorial Day weekend brings an extra-special celebration for squirrel hunters and bass anglers in Missouri. The Saturday of this fourth weekend in May — May 23 this year — is when squirrel season opens and when anglers can keep legal-sized bass ...

  • The first time I experienced a close call with death

    On a cool, crisp October night in 1972 I found myself in a situation in which I was literally seconds away from a certain and painful death. Here’s how it happened. I worked on the Inland Waterways, specifically, the Upper and Lower Mississippi ...

  • Difficult hunts are sometimes the best hunts

    When I stepped into my hunting premise, I was overjoyed to be hunting again. It had been forever since I had bagged a turkey. Last year was the first year I had missed any animal and if we’re being honest, I missed twice. I was so furious with ...

  • Addicted to Fishing for Ozark Smallmouth Bass?

    Check Out the Missouri Smallmouth Alliance Pop quiz! Do you eagerly anticipate feeling the cool waters of your favorite river or stream on your legs or the pull of the current as you paddle your canoe or kayak downstream on yet another fishing ...

  • Fishing for Crappie

    I got a call from my buddy Pete Hartwell suggesting we go crappie fishing on Saturday. The weatherman had taken his best guess and predicted a perfect 70 degree sunshiny spring weekend and the Dogwood trees were beginning to bloom. It had been ...

  • Float an Ozark stream for trophy smallmouth

    Smallmouth bass are the king in Ozark streams. Beautifully colored bronze bodies barred with sharp black blotches are the dreams of every angler who ever hooked into one of these powerful fish. “Smallmouth are the epitome of the Ozarks,” said ...