MDC offers kayak clinic at Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area near Columbia Aug. 16

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer an opportunity to learn the basics of kayaking from 6 – 8 p.m. on Aug. 16. The clinics will take place at Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area, 1520 E. Peabody Road, just north of Columbia.

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.

“Summer is not over yet! Take this opportunity to learn a new skill,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Justin McGuire. “Kayaking has become a popular method for people to connect with nature. Come find out why.”

This clinic is FREE and open to ages 12 and up. Participants younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited for this clinic and participants must preregister by Aug. 15 at the following link:

For more information contact Justin McGuire at (573) 815-7901, ext. 2866, or