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On the Water

Jul 12, 2020

Note: Please check weather, road, and water conditions, as well as current health guidelines before heading out, and always practice safety.

The best place to be in the summer is on the water. Missouri has 110,000 miles of streams where you can fish, float, and explore. 

The two biggest rivers in the country, the Missouri and Mississippi, flow through the Show Me state and come together just above St. Louis. Streams flow through prairies in the north and Ozark bluffs in the south. You can float by forests, caves and springs and see anything from crayfish to hawks and herons along the way. There's no better way to beat the heat of summer then by getting out on the water with family and friends. Always practice safety when enjoying Missouri's many waters this summer.


A Musical Journey

St. Louis native, Scott Nienhaus grew up on the water. When he moved to Nashville for his music career, he ended up living by the water without a boat. He wrote the song, On the Water, in response to what he missed about being out there. He and Terry Jones Rogers, play this song often in St. Louis with their popular duo, Rogers and Nienhaus. They shared it with MDC a few years ago, for a music video highlighting our many waterways in Missouri. They brought along several of their Missouri-rooted musician friends to play the song live in eight outdoor locations. They were joined by Supe Granda from the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Rusty Young of Poco, R. Scott Bryan, Javier Mendoza, Tim Politte, Sandy Weltman, Missouri Mile, Madison Thorn, and Ingrid Berry, daughter of music legend, Chuck Berry. Famous audio engineer Bob Heil, who pioneered concert sound equipment and the talk box made famous by Peter Frampton, donated his Heil microphones to enhance the quality of sound while playing music in nature. Special thanks to Hired Gun Productions, 90 Degrees West, and cinematographer, Jack Tweston.

The On the Water music video is an experience of sight and sound along the many waters that flow their our scenic state. It's a fitting way to celebrate 30 plus years of Missouri stream teams, over 6,000 strong that have donated over 3 million hours keeping our waters clean and monitoring their quality. Make your life's music on Missouri waters this summer!

As a special bonus video, paddle a Missouri Ozark stream, enjoyed by the Beatles when they first came to our shores.

On the Water

Rogers and Nienhaus and friends record live on the water in 8 outdoor locations in Missouri
Rogers and Nienhaus and friends record live on the water in 8 outdoor locations in Missouri

Finding Wild Missouri Paddling Ozark Streams

Take a float trip on one of Missouri's most scenic rivers.
Take a float trip on one of Missouri's most scenic rivers.

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