Mississippi River Water Trail
Welcome to the Mississippi River Water Trail, a 300 mile water trail on the Upper Mississippi River from Saverton, MO to Cairo, IL
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Mississippi River Water Trail Association Meetings

Monthly Meetings: February 27, April 24, June 26, August 28, October 23, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the National Great Rivers Museum, #2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL 62002. March 27, May 22, July 24, September 25, and November 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the Jones Visitor Center in Forest Park St. Louis, MO. The Mississippi River Water Trail Association is seeking new members. Please call 618.462.6979 for more information.

Public Events ~ Open to anyone

Great Canoe and Kayak Event, Kirkwood, MO
February 21 through February 23, 2014

Yearly, the Alpine Shop in Kirkwood, MO hosts an event to raise awareness and promote canoeing and kayaking through a speaker series. The Mississippi River Water Trail Association will be staffing a booth at this three day event and will be promoting education and networking for the advancement of their membership base.

St. Louis Boat and Sports Show
February 26 through March 2, 2014

While you are at the 2014 boat show, stop by the Mississippi River Water Trail Association booth and meet the passionate, outgoing and knowledgeable members that make up this unique organization. They will give you tips on safely paddling the Mississippi River Water Trail and complimentary maps to guide you on your journey. The booth is going to be located in the exhibit hall of the Edwards Jones Dome.

Earth Day at Forest Park
April 27, 2014
Come enjoy the Earth Day festivities on the Muny grounds at Forest Park. Mississippi River Water Trail Association members will be providing fun water safety activities, give aways for all event attendees and promoting the National Safe Boating "Wear It" campaign.

Riverlands Paddle Festival
May 17, 2014 ~ 11 -4 p.m.
Ellis Bay at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, West Alton, MO
Riverlands Paddle Festival is held from 11 -4 p.m. Approximately 40-50 different types of canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards will be on display for attendees to test out. A $5 per person fee is charged to cover the American Canoe Association insurance. All attendees must register and sign a waiver.
All boats, paddles, PFD's are provided. Attendees will want to bring the proper shoes (sandals and flip flops not recommended), sunscreen, snack, water and hat.
NOTE: All paddlers must be 14 years or older to paddle solo. Kids 11 and over can paddle solo with parent/guardian consent. Kids 10 and younger can paddle with parent/guardian in a tandem kayak or canoe. There will be a $5 fee charged per person to cover the American Canoe Association insurance.

Kayak Camp - Kids ages 12 and up
June 27, 2014
Meet us at the Piasa Creek Access Area for a day long kayaking excursion! Before hitting the water, kids will receive extensive saety training including on land paddling instructions and how to choose the right life jacket. Under the supervision of certified and trained instructors, kids will get fit as they learn water paddling techniques and different kayak maneuvers. Cost per attendee is $65. Equipment and lunch will be provided. Kids need to bring water bottles, sunscreen, and bug spray. Meet at the Piasa Creek Access Area on July 9 at 9 a.m. Piasa Creek Access is located 6.5 miles north of Alton on the Great River Road. Register through Lewis and Clark Community College for kids section at
http://www.lc.edu/corporate/community/c4k. Call Amy at 618.468.5715 or Erin at 618.4626979 for more information.

Poker Paddle 2014
August 16, 2014

The Mississippi River Water Trail Association will be hosting their second Poker Paddle from Sherwood Access to Hideaway Harbor on the Mississippi River. Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. at Sherwood Access, Portage Des Sioux, MO. The $25 dollar entry fee will cover your American Canoe Association insurance and lunch (hotdog, chips and cookie). Kayaks and canoes can be rented for an extra $20 per person. After the 10:30 safety meeting, paddlers will then proceed to different stations including an island lunch stop. At each station, a dealer will give out cards to build their hands. Hands will be due no later than 3:00 p.m. at Hideaway Harbor. The person with the winning hand will receive 25 percent of the registration fees.

Safety boaters will be onhand to assist participants. Shuttles will be provided. No inflatable boat allowed. All participants must be at least 16 years of age. Event subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or high water. For more information, please call the National Great Rivers Museum at 618.462.6979.





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.  

The Mississippi River Water Trail was designated as a National Water Trail in 2012.  All national water trails are included in the online searchable database of trails.  This database includes information about the water trail, maps, photographs, water trail manager contact information, links to applicable websites, and best management strategies and practices.   For more information about the National Trail Designation, please visit:   http://watertrails.nps.gov/WaterTrails/

The Mississippi River Water Trail Association received the National Water Safety Congress Regional Award for Region 2. The Association received the award for their water safety effort in the bi-state metropolitan area of the Mississippi River.  In 2013, the Mississippi River Water Trail Association partered with 13 organization including Federal, state, and local organization to conduct two community outreach events, collaborate to produce a video for social media and partnered with the Corps of Engineers, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the “National Designation” of the Mississippi River Water Trail.

There are hard copy maps available for each pool on the maps page.  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!!


The Mississippi River Water Trail is being developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and partnering organizations.  The Corps has developed rest areas for day use, primitive camping areas, as well as wildlife watching and interpretive opportunities.

The Mississippi River Water Trail Association was formed in 2006 and promotes the Mississippi River Water Trail (MRWT) and activities throughout the Mississippi River system.  The Association coordinates volunteers to accomplish site improvements and maintenance of the MRWT and assists with related projects and events.  The Association works with communities, organizations, and other agencies to further develop and support safe public use of the MRWT.  All membership fees support the MRWTA and provide funding for special events. 

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