Get to know the mighty Mississippi at MDC’s Day on the River

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host “Day on the River” at Riverfront Park in Cape Girardeau, Saturday, Sep. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages and groups are welcome at this free event and no registration is required.

Angela Pierce, an MDC naturalist said this is a prime opportunity to learn about the Mississippi River.

“Families can enjoy boat rides, practice casting a fishing pole, see and touch fish right out of the big river, and even taste an Asian carp,” Pierce said.

Activities include boat rides guided by conservation professionals, live aquatic animal displays, Asian carp filleting demonstrations, kids’ crafts, and informational booths from many supporting agencies.  Boat rides will take place every half hour (except from noon – 1pm) and will be led by river biologists. Pierce said boat rides will be on a first come, first served basis, so early arrival is suggested for those hoping to go out on the river.

“The Mississippi River and surrounding wetlands are a huge part of Cape Girardeau heritage and they’re important habitat for wildlife. This makes for excellent recreational, hunting, and fishing opportunities” Pierce said. “We hope lots of people will join us for this unique event to find out what the river has to offer.”

For more information on this event and other nature programs call (573)290-5218 or go online to