Guidelines for paddling Missouri streams

In Missouri, floating down streams and paddling around lakes are fantastic ways to enjoy the state’s great outdoors.

Whether your passion is angling for smallmouth or rock bass, keeping an eye out for elusive wildlife, or simply drifting downstream with the current, a day on the water will lift your spirits. 

Depending on the river or stream and your skill level, paddlers can travel in a variety of vessels, including kayaks, rafts, canoes, boats, and tubes.

New and experienced paddlers will appreciate MDC’s “A Paddler’s Guide to Missouri,” which features 58 rivers and streams. The guide is available at

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when paddling Missouri’s streams:

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