Slow Down and Enjoy a Missouri Float Trip

A relaxing float trip is a great way to spend a day in Missouri.

With the rushed time schedules we have nowadays, we sometimes forget to notice the beautiful things in life and to take the time to enjoy them.

The North Fork of the White River offers floating opportunities.

Most of the rivers in Missouri are as natural and unchanged today as they were when the American Indians fished from their banks. And since Missouri was named after an American Indian tribe, one whose translated name means “people of the big canoes” or “big canoe people,” it’s no surprise we have some of the best streams in the country!

There are more than 30 floatable streams in Missouri, and each has a special and unique identity. Twists and bends, rushing springs, and gentle riffles can be experienced on most Missouri streams. And there is something to offer everyone; from the beginner to the more experienced, regardless of age, floating is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Concerned about where to go? Visit the Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association website where you can browse outfitter members from all over the state, request a directory, download a PDF copy and more.

When planning your next float trip, here are a few things to consider:

  • What type of group do you have? (family, friends, Scouts, etc.)
  • Are you looking for a day float or will you need accommodations?
  • What river rating will you need? (River difficulty is rated 1-5, most Missouri rivers are rated 1, seldom 2)
  • How far do you want to travel to your destination?
  • What is the cost?

By knowing what you need, you’ll be prepared to choose the appropriate outfitter for your next float.

Have fun, be safe, and we’ll see you on the river!

Written by Michelle Lambeth, executive director of the Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association, whose mission is to Promote, Protect and Preserve the streams of Missouri

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