Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR), in partnership with Missouri State Parks, the Ozark Riverways Foundation and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, will be offering free paddling activities on the upper Current River on Sundays this summer.
Paddling skills clinics will be conducted on July 11 and 25, and Aug. 1 and 15. Participants will need to provide their own Type III personal flotation device (PFD) and lunch.
Paddles and vessels will be provided. Paddlers will meet at Current River State Park at 10 a.m. for one hour of dry land basic skills, followed by instruction and paddling practice on the lower lake.
Topics to be covered include canoe and kayak equipment, rescue techniques, basic paddle strokes and maneuvers, and river safety.
Upon successful completion of the morning skills lesson, students may continue instruction on the river in the afternoon, paddling approximately four miles from Current River State Park to Round Spring.
Space for these clinics is limited, so pre-registration is required.