Outdoor Adventure

Fishing on Stockton Lake

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Like many people, I often catch myself thinking of Stockton Lake as “The Sailboat Lake.” While that may be true in some regards, Stockton Lake is a fantastic fishery.  I had the opportunity to spend four days bass fishing on Stockton a couple of weeks ago. What I found was that it wasn’t only the sun that was shining. Catching ... Read More »

Hitchhiker’s Guide To Floating in Pulaski County

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Merriam-Webster defines floating as “continually moving or changing position.” In the Ozarks, floating is an art form, sometimes even a lifestyle, that involves canoes, kayaks, paddles, a river and family and friends. People float from a location on the river downstream to another location on the river. The exact destinations on Pulaski County’s Big Piney or Gasconade Rivers that are ... Read More »

Missouri Outdoor Fun, a Playground for Legends

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Blue skies, a nice breeze and Jack and Gary are in the hunt. The air is balmy, a perfect backdrop for Missouri outdoor fun. Yes, Saturday was a great day to experience the Missouri Ozarks and the first-ever Big Cedar Legends of Golf tournament, played at the Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock courses just south of Branson. Making it out ... Read More »

Enjoy the Outdoors in St. Joseph

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St. Joseph offers some of the most unique outdoor opportunities in Northwest Missouri. The park system, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is comprised of approximately 1,500 acres with 26 miles of parkways and boulevards and 48 parks and related facilities. Early park planners not only left St. Joseph with our distinctive parkway system, but gave us the ... Read More »

Reflections on Morel Mushroom Season in Missouri

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If there’s one hunting season I look forward to every year, it’s morel mushroom season in Missouri. Starting about the first week of April, I start spending an inordinate amount of time checking the weather, trying to gauge the perfect time for our first mushroom hunting expedition of the year. It’s a delicate balance of factors – just the right ... Read More »

Destination Eminence

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When many of us think about traveling to Eminence, Missouri, the first thing that comes to mind is summertime floating down a beautiful clear Ozark river or taking a horseback trail ride through the rugged Ozark forests. Recently, I was fortunate enough to spend time in the area experiencing fantastic smallmouth bass fishing, hiking in to view amazing natural springs, ... Read More »

Bring on the Adrenaline at Lake of the Ozarks

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The Lake of the Ozarks has a lot to offer to everyone, whether it is relaxing, boating, or anything in between.  Yet, for all the thrill seekers out there, the Lake of the Ozarks has just what you need and more.  Here is a list of some action packed excitement to check out. Sky Surf from Iguana Watersports is taking ... Read More »

Missouri Golf Course Trend: Long is Wrong

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Golf course operators in Missouri are taking steps to make golf courses easier and more economical to operate. Within the last 20 years, golf course design emphasized long, challenging courses with penalizing bunkers and undulating greens. Driven by the desire to attract golf course homeowners and sell them fabulous lots, many developers and owners hired famous architects to build the ... Read More »

A Memorable Missouri Float Trip

Current River Near Akers Ferry

Summer is without doubt, my favorite time of year in Missouri.  There is always something to do outside and for me, it usually involves water. I’m working on summer plans now and look forward to several float trips with friends and family this year. I recall the first time I ever went floating and laugh at the memory.  As a ... Read More »

Discover Nature Through Flowering Spring Trees in Missouri

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According to Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry experts, if we start getting more normal weather, dogwoods and redbuds could bloom early this year. So plan an early spring outdoor adventure to see flowering trees. But all bets are off if the thermometer continues the yo-yo behavior we’ve had over the past month. Extremely cold weather can actually cause flowering trees ... Read More »