Outdoor Adventure

Missouri has Central Role in Wildlife Migration

North America’s greatest wildlife migration is underway – and Missouri is smack dab in the middle of it. Millions of ducks, geese, swans, pelicans and other waterfowl are on their annual trek to warmer climes for winter, generally along four major flyways (the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific) that go north to south across the continent. The Mississippi Flyway starts ... Read More »

Halloween Tricks and Treats from MDC

Get outside to discover nature in Missouri’s great outdoors! This Halloween, the Missouri Department of Conservation is digging into its field guide for the facts about Missouri’s wild things, both real and imagined. Get some Halloween tricks and treats from MDC by Discovering “Show-Me Freaks of Nature” by clicking here. Happy Halloween! Read More »

An Early Morning on Table Rock Lake

The sun had not yet risen, and the slightly more than gentle breeze had the air temperature hovering somewhere between cold and go-get-a-big-jacket cold. Thus began a recent fishing and photography expedition on beautiful Table Rock Lake in Branson. Led by our outdoors expert and professional fisherman Scott Pauley, we hit the water before sun-up in search of lunkers. The ... Read More »

Prairie State Park Celebrates 30 Years

Prairie State Park in Mindenmines celebrates the 30th anniversary of its dedication this year with a Prairie Jubilee on Sept. 29. The daylong event will include bison tours, a living-history loop, live music, bison-chip throwing, native plant sales and an 1800s medicine show. All is free except for a lunch of smoked bison. Missouri once was covered by some 13 ... Read More »

Maggards Cherish Ties to Current River Valley

When the federal government acted to preserve America’s pristine rivers, the Current, and its sister river, the Jacks Fork, were the first to receive protection. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways was formed in 1964 to create a national park along 134 miles of the two rivers, establishing a bluff-lined, green corridor that today attracts more than 1 million annual visitors. ... Read More »

MDC Nature Centers: Cool Places to Discover Nature

You know what they say about Missouri weather: If you don’t like it, wait five minutes. However, it’s a safe bet summer in Missouri will be hot—and this one certainly has been so far. But here’s one thing you might not have to bet on: You can still spend hours enjoying the Missouri outdoors no matter how hot summer is. ... Read More »

Whooooo’s There?

This summer, many families will take extended float trips that involve camping overnight. A lucky few may see or hear owls.  These majestic creatures are an essential and beautiful part of Missouri’s forests and wildlife areas, and it’s important that they are not killed, captured or disturbed. If it weren’t for owls, animals such as mice, rats and rabbits could ... Read More »

Memories Made on Missouri’s Rivers and Streams

Summer is here and there is a river nearby just waiting for you to explore! Some of my favorite childhood memories are from family camping and float trips. I learned how to skip rocks across the water’s surface and chase tadpoles through the water. I learned how to fish, kind of, and how not to get pinched by a crawdad. ... Read More »

Heading Outside? Here’s an Inside Look at Camping in Missouri

So if Missouri is the best spot for camping, what are some of the prime state parks to pitch a tent or pull in a camper? In a recent nationwide poll at About.com, readers voted Missouri the best state for camping. Montana and Colorado were next in the online voting. Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, credits the state’s ... Read More »

Camper Cabins Are Hot Property at Parks

The noisy, early evening thunderstorm was a double delight. First, I got to watch the light show from a rocker on the porch of my cozy camper cabin at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. To the north, lighting flashed and thunder rumbled over Goggins Mountain. To the south, patches of blue sky peeked through the clouds. The deluge that followed overnight ... Read More »