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On the Water: Rivers and Streams

Jul 16, 2018

The best place to be in July is on the water.  Missouri has 110,000 miles of streams where you can fish, float, and explore, nearby or farther away, on a moment’s notice or with some planning.

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.

The Paddler’s Guide to Missouri and MoFishing app are helpful for your outing as well as local classes and events.  You can find outfitters, events, and more with MDC's field guide. You can also form a Missouri Stream Team to help keep our water’s clean. 

There's no better way to beat the heat of summer than by getting out on the water with family and friends.  Always practice safety when you enjoy Missouri’s many waters this summer.

Get inspired with a musical journey recorded live in eight waterside locations with 12 talented Missouri musicians, and float a scenic river that the Beatles enjoyed when they first arrived on our shores in the videos below.

 

 

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Jacks Fork River
Jack's Fork River

On The Water

Experience being On the Water recorded live with 12 Missouri musicians
Experience being On the Water recorded live with 12 Missouri musicians

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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four canoeists and kayakers pose in their watercrafts on the Big Piney River
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Register to attend a FREE kayaking and fishing program on the Big Piney River Saturday, July 14.

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Two visitors look at a cliff wall with a stream coming out the bottom.
Roaring River Waterfall
The 4,093-acre park offers camping and hiking opportunities, but trout fishing is its main appeal.

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Mississippi River
Mississippi River

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Theater in the WILD

Jul 30, 2018

Theater in the Wild: Some of the biggest stars have graced its stage, and swallowed our bugs while singing, but often nature and wildlife have been an inspiring and entertaining part of the show. The Muny opera took shape 100 years ago between two giant oak trees in a natural bowl in Forest Park in St. Louis. Ol' man River Des Peres which runs through it caused early trouble in river city with a flood that washed the orchestra's instruments as far away as Carondelet.

Today, the river runs behind and below the theater offering audiences a chance to view wetland species. The trees surrounding the stage are part of the design for several musicals and are looked after with care. Squirrels, possums or raccoons may appear climbing lighting grids or wandering onto the stage at any moment during a show.

Just as in nature, there are free sets to enjoy the show in the nation's largest, greenest outdoor theater in one of our country's biggest urban parks. Learn more about Forest Park and nature's show in this week's Discover Nature Note.

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