As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, the James River Basin Partnership recently hosted the inaugural Paddle MO James trip with Stream Teams United last month.
For three days, 50 attendees, including staff and volunteers, floated a 22-mile stretch of the lower James from Hootentown Campground to Galena, Missouri.
Paddlers came from as far away as South Dakota, Kansas, and Illinois. While many had paddled the Missouri before, for most of them, this was their first time on the James.
While this was the first year for Paddle MO James, the first Paddle MO event was organized by Stream Teams United in 2016.
A trip on the Current River, Paddle MO Ozarks, was added in 2019. This year, besides the James, another float trip will take place near the Kansas City area on the Missouri.