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 partnered 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!!
September 20, 2014
The Mississippi River Water Association will host the Second Annual Poker Paddle on a beautiful five mile section of the majestic Mississippi River! Go to the events tab for more information.
Mississippi River Water Trail Association Meetings
Monthly Meetings: July 24, August 28, and September 25, and November 20 at 5:00 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. Meetings usually last 1 - 1.5 hours.