Event Calendar

Safety Boater Training 2

Riverlands West Alton, MO, United States

You can help us in a BIG way by learning some basic skills to be a Safety Boater Practice towing, deep water rescue, radio communications, etc. Training will be from 9-2 and you can come and go as you please. FREE TO SEASON VOLUNTEERS. $10 for non-volunteers. Contact Melissa at board@mississippiriverwatertrail.org

ERK Kayak Skills Clinic #2- SOLD OUT

Riverlands West Alton, MO, United States

Attend our 2 day kayaking skills clinic.  This is the ACA ERK (Essentials of River Kayaking) curriculum where you will learn all about paddling on big rivers.  We teach you all about equipment and gear, paddling strokes, river hazards, rescue maneuvers, useful technology options, and marine radio communications.  After this class you will have the

PaddleFest 2023

Riverlands West Alton, MO, United States

Come paddle with us in the calm backwaters of the Mississippi River! Try out your skills and learn how to safely paddle in a kayak or canoe, test your balance on a stand-up paddle board, or take a guided kayak tour at this ACA-sanctioned event.  Kayaks, paddles and USCG life jackets provided for all.  LOTS

Drost Park Kayaking Day

Drost Park Myron Provence Parkway, Maryville, IL, United States

Come out and kayak with us on a small lake in Maryville IL.  We will have about approximately 50 kayaks in all shapes and sizes for you to select from.  This event is FREE and open to the public.  Pre-registration is requested by calling 618-223-8965.  Before getting on the water you will receive a brief


Mississippi River Sunset Paddle

UPDATE: This event is cancelled due to extreme heat. Please watch for additional Sunset Paddles to be scheduled soon! It's time for our second Sunset Paddle. Route TBD depending on group preference. Please contact Danelle Haake at dhaake@lc.edu if you would like to participate.

Campsite Work Day in Pool 26

Join us as we spruce up our Pool 26 campsites with the US Army Corps of Engineers. While the Rangers mow down the noxious weeds, MRWTA will be on site to pick up trash and lend a hand. We will start in the morning and work until we are tired! RSVP to board@mississippiriverwatertrail.org for more

Team River Runner Weekend

Riverlands West Alton, MO, United States

MRWTA/USACE/Audubon Center will host national members of Team River Runner (TRR) for a weekend of fun at Riverlands. On Saturday, September 9th, TRR will be putting on their annual kayak football game. Come out to cheer on our disabled veterans! On Sunday, September 10th, join us at 10am for the ribbon cutting for the new

Piasa Island Sunset Paddle

Piasa Harbor Boat Launch piasa harbor, elsah, IL

Please come join us THIS THURSDAY, 9/14 as we enjoy a September sunset and say good-bye to our advisory board member, Caia Gillett. Meet at the Piasa Harbor Boat Launch at 6pm. RSVP to Melissa at mjksauter@yahoo.com if you plan to attend. ACA waivers are required if you are not an annual member. If you

Firecracker Race

Grafton Access

Come out and race with us 15 miles downriver from Grafton to Alton.  Enjoy the Mississippi Earthtones Festival after the race at Riverfront Park.  There will be live music, food, and drinks.  Our award ceremony will be in the big tent at the festival after the race. For more details visit our race page.

National Public Lands Day

Riverlands West Alton, MO, United States

Audubon Center, St. Louis Zoo, and USACE are hosting a first ever bioblitz of Ellis Island. MRWTA has been invited to participate in water (or land) based biological surveys of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms of the Island and Bay. Please contact Emily.Connor@audubon.org if you would like to participate.