Outdoor Adventure

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

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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 »

Tips for Spring Fishing at Lake of the Ozarks

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After being stuck inside from a long winter, spring fishing at Lake of the Ozarks is one of the best times to come down to the Lake and get on the water, especially after the never-ending winter we have experienced.  Spring time is the little glimmer of hope that warm weather is coming soon.  At the Lake of the Ozarks ... Read More »

Opening Morning Trout Fishing Tips

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For some, the annual trek to Missouri’s trout parks for the opening day of trout season signals a tradition passed down from generation to generation. But what about those new to fishing or participating for the first time? What are some tips and techniques to help you catch more trout? Read on; below are some recommendations that might help you ... Read More »

Winter Hikes in Missouri: Explore the Best Trails Year-Round

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While many families think about getting outdoors in the fall, spring and summer months, winter hikes are also a great chance to get outdoors.  Don’t let cabin fever coop you up throughout the winter months, and take advantage of this great time to explore the trails in Missouri State Parks. Missouri has been named the “Best Trails State” by American ... Read More »