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June 2019

Safety Facilitator Class

June 15, 2019
Cuivre River State Park, 678 Missouri Highway 147
Troy, MO 63379 United States
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VENUE CHANGE DUE TO FLOODING! We will be at Cuivre River State Park in Troy, Missouri instead of Riverlands in West Alton, Missouri. Camping is available at the park if you let us know at least a week in advance at greatriverwatertrail@gmail.com. Would you like to be able to reenter your kayak if you fall out?  Maybe you are good in your boat but would you feel more comfortable in a race if you knew safe ways to help a…

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River Soundings 2019 (Partner Event)

June 26, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jones Visitor Center, Forest Park, 5595 Grand Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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This River Soundings Conference will feature lectures and panel discussions from scientists, regulators, and environmental activists. The conference is focused on river policies around St. Louis, including flood control, river restoration, floodplain development, and much more. The keynote speaker this year is Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands and Waters. The event is hosted by Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, Greenway Network, Inc., the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, the Missouri Sierra Club, and the…

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July 2019

Volunteer Appreciation Paddle

July 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Riverlands West Alton, MO 63386 United States + Google Map

Our VOLUNTEERS and Advisory Members will be invited to paddle with us at Riverlands and watch the Alton riverfront fireworks.  There will be food and drink and this is our opportunity to spend quality time with all of you, enjoy the water, and show our appreciation for what you do for us throughout the year.

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Kayaking for a Day at Drost Park

July 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Drost Park Maryville, IL 62062 United States + Google Map

On Saturday July 6th at Drost Park, part of Maryville Parks and Rec, will invite everyone to kayak with the help of Mississippi River Water Trail and a number of members from the St Louis Canoe and Kayak Association, Team River Runner, and Alpine Shop.  This free event will be held from 12 noon to 5pm at Pavilion #1 and on the Drost Lake. After an orientation of basic kayaking and safety issues, participants will be able to try out…

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January 2020

Mississippi Meanderings

January 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
National Great Rivers Museum, Lock and Dam Way
Alton, IL 62002 United States
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RIVER people need to get together, especially during the winter. What better opportunity than at the Mississippi River Water Trail Association's January event where you and your friends can meet other paddlers and learn from some great river experts? Our line up of 3 speakers this year is REALLY good: Janet Moreland - LONG distance paddler Scot Mansker - Co-founder and organizer of a 340 mile paddling race across the state of Missouri, the MR340 David Lobbig - Missouri History…

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February 2020

Alpine Shop Expo

February 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - March 1, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Alpine Shop, 440 N Kirkwood Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122 United States
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Mississippi River Water Trail representatives will be present at a booth during the entire weekend. Come on out! Stop by and talk to us! Learn about our organization and our plans for the 2020 year.

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April 2020

Earth Day Festival

April 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - April 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Forest Park, 5595 Grand Dr
St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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We will have a booth in Forest Park at this event.  Come by and see us!  We will have gifts for you and the kids.  Learn about our mission.  Get a copy of our "Calendar of Events".  Talk to our members.  Talk to a member of the Corps of Engineers.  Learn how we are uniquely connected with the USACE and the river.

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May 2020


May 16, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Riverlands West Alton, MO 63386 United States + Google Map

Love paddling or always wanted to try?  Come and paddle with us at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, MO.  Family friendly and open to all experience levels.  We have kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards, guided canoe rides, and more.  We will have highly skilled safety boaters on the water with you the entire time. We are planning "on land" activities for those on shore including  concessions.  We provide the boats, life jackets, paddles, all we need is…

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June 2020

Drost Park – Kayaking Event

June 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

UPDATE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event has been cancelled for 2020, but we expect to be back in 2021. Come out and Kayak with us for FREE at Drost Park in Maryville IL. We provide the boats, gear, safety personnel, you provide the great attitude! Pre-registration is required by calling 618-772-8555. You will be assigned an hour during the day to kayak. There will be a short Safety Orientation, then you will pick a life jacket, a paddle,…

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July 2020

The Firecracker Race

July 18, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lincoln Shield West Alton, MO 63386 United States + Google Map

NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event will not be held on July 18 but may be held later in the year. Check back this summer for updates. KAYAKS, CANOES, SUP, AND VOYAGER CANOE  – IN THE RIVERLANDS AREA – just outside of St Louis, MO 15 MILE DOWNRIVER RACE FROM GRAFTON TO LINCOLN SHIELD, NEXT TO CLARK BRIDGE RACING ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER SAFETY PROVIDED BY THE USACE, MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATER TRAIL AND FRIENDS Visit our Race Website…

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