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July 2019

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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$10

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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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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March 2021

Mississippi Meanderings Series: Everyone’s River: A Conversation with Two People Who Kayaked the Length of the Mississippi

March 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

In Collaboration with the Missouri History Museum Mississippi Meanderings is going on-line this year! We're partnering with the Missouri History Museum for river-themed talks on the first three Thursdays in March 2021. Every year a few dozen adventurous individuals paddle the length of the Mississippi River from its source in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Traveling 2,300 miles in a canoe, kayak, or standup paddleboard requires solid preparation, good equipment, perseverance, patience, and some helping hands from strangers along the way. In…

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Mississippi Meanderings Series: Where the Peep Light Leads

March 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

In Collaboration with the Missouri History Museum Mississippi Meanderings is going on-line this year! We're partnering with the Missouri History Museum for river-themed talks on the first three Thursdays in March 2021. Lee Hendrix has spent much of his adult life working on the Mississippi River pursuing the glow of a peep light. In this talk, Hendrix will share stories about his experiences piloting commercial towboats, overnight passenger boats such as the American Queen, gambling boats, day excursion vessels, the massive M/V Mississippi, and dredge tenders.  He’ll discuss…

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Mississippi Meanderings Series: High Water Everywhere: Blues, Gospel, and Country Music Response to the Flood of 1927

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

In Collaboration with the Missouri History Museum Mississippi Meanderings is going on-line this year! We're partnering with the Missouri History Museum for river-themed talks on the first three Thursdays in March 2021. When the Mississippi River and its tributaries flooded in 1927 it was arguably the greatest natural disaster in United States history. It went on to inspire more than 20 recorded songs. Many of them were blues, gospel, and country—the genres that most appealed to flood victims in the South—and the disaster was referenced in pop music as well. Music scholar and performer David Evans will play selections from these…

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June 2021

Riverlands PADDLEFEST

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Riverlands West Alton, MO 63386 United States + Google Map
$10

SAVE THE DATE and come paddle with us at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, Missouri. Pre-registration will be required this year as we are setting up 1 hour time slots throughout the festival for participant paddling. You will be given your time to paddle so you can plan your arrival and departure accordingly. We will have kayaks, life jackets, paddles, and all the gear you need to paddle with us in an off channel bay of the Mississippi…

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