MDC invites public to free June 8 canoe and kayak clinics

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CARTHAGE, Mo. – Whether you enjoy fishing area streams or you like to relax by spending a day paddling a local waterway, kayaks and canoes are great ways to connect with the outdoors.

People can learn more about these popular watercrafts at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) clinic “Introduction to Canoe and Kayak” on June 8 Kellogg Lake in Carthage. This program is for ages 7 and up and will be taught at two time slots:

People who want to sign up for the 5:30-6:30 p.m. program can register at:

The same program will be offered again from 7-8 p.m. and people can register at:

Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be provided. This program is designed for novice canoe and kayak users and will focus on the basics of operating these watercrafts. Discussion topics will include the basic equipment and techniques people need to know to float Missouri streams and lakes safely.

The entrance to Kellogg Lake is located at the intersection of Highway 96 and Jasper County Highway V (also known as Old 66 Boulevard). People should dress for the weather and wear shoes and other clothing items that can get wet.

People wanting more information about this event can contact MDC Conservation Educator Andy Rhodes at 417-629-3243 or by e-mailing

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding in-person and virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at