MDC offers kayak clinic in Columbia May 14

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer an opportunity to learn basics of kayaking from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on May 14. The clinic will take place at Philips Park Lake, 5050 Bristol Lake Parkway, on Columbia’s south side.

Participants will learn basic kayaking safety, techniques, and terminology from trained MDC staff, and the training will include plenty of time on the water, with a leisurely paddle around an area lake to get comfortable with kayaking.  Kayaks, paddles, and personal floatation devices (PFDs) will be provided.

“Kayaking has become one of the fastest growing recreation activities to enjoy,” said MDC Conservation Educator Emily Porter.  “Once comfortable with one’s abilities, the opportunities to explore nature, fishing, and even wildlife photography can become limitless.”

This clinic is FREE and open to ages 13 and up. Participants younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Space is limited for this clinic and participants must preregister by May 13 at

For more information contact Porter at (573) 815-7901, ext. 2964, or