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.