Mississippi River Water Trail
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Welcome to the Mississippi River Water Trail, a 121 mile water trail on the Upper Mississippi River from Saverton, MO to St. Louis, MO
Safety Tips

  • Wear a lifejacket at all times.
  • Take  a water safety course and know appropriate emergency procedures.
  • Do not use alcohol or drugs while paddling.
  • Paddle in groups when possible.
  • Know the experience and fitness levels of everyone in your group.
  • File a float plan with a friend or relative.
  • Check weather forecasts and river conditions before departure.
  • Stay alert for submerged objects and watch for currents around bridges, wing dams, and other structures.
  • Dress for the water temperature.  Waters of the Mississippi River are the first to cool down and the last to warm up.  For current water temperatures, visit: MVS-WC Gauges.
  • Paddling at night is for experts only.  Federal and state regulations require that you must carry a white light that you can display between sunset and sunrise.
  • Paddlers should stay clear of the upstream side of the lock and dam area and never paddle through the gates.
  • Plan ahead and be prepared.
Future Events

We are looking forward to 2016.  The MRWTA will host
  • Midwinter Mississippi Meanderings January 2016
  • Earth Day Event Forest Park on Apr. 24, 2016
  • Riverlands Paddle Festival on May 21, 2016
  • Kayak Camp for Kids TBA
  • Locking Through Class TBA
  • Firecracker Race  August, 2016          
  • Social Paddle TBA  
For more information, visit our Events page.  Dates subject to change in case of inclement weather or changing river levels.

The Mississippi River Water Trail passes through the heart of North America and is deeply rooted in natural scenic beauty, Native American heritage and cultural history. Known as the Father of Waters, the Mississippi River gives visitors the chance to enjoy paddling through one of the most scenic stretches of the river in North America that is not only lined with majestic bluffs and full of wildlife viewing opportunities, but also provides plenty of places to stop and relax whether it be a remote island or exciting river city.

There are hard copy maps available at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, IL.  You can find the link for navigation charts on the resources tab. We strongly encourage users to take along a Mississippi River Navigation Chart. Be Smart, always wear a lifejacket when on the water. Learn, camp, paddle, explore, bird watch, and fish the Mississippi River Water Trail on your next adventure!

Please call 636.899.2600 or email greatriverwatertrail@gmail.com for more information. 

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