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!!

Mississippi River Water Trail Association Meetings

Monthly Meetings at held at 5 p.m.: January 22, February 26, March 26, April 23, June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 22 and November 19, 2015 at the Jones Visitor Center in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO.  The May 28th meeting will be at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, IL.  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.

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

  • Wear a lifejacket at all times.
  • Consider taking a paddling safety course and know capsize recovery techniques.
  • 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 Riover are the first to cool down and the last to warm up.  For current water temperatures, visit: MVS-WC Gages.
  • Paddling at night is not recommended.  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

2015 will be a busy year.  The MRWTA will host
  • Riverlands Paddle Festival on May 16, 2015
  • Kayak Camp for Kids on June 19, 2015
  • Locking Through Class on June 20, 2015
  • River Rodeo at Riverlands on July 18, 2015
  • Partner Paddle on August 15, 2015
  • Social Paddle on September 19, 2015
  • River Race on October 4, 2015 
For more information, visit our Events page.  Dates subject to change in case of inclement weather or changing river levels.
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