MDC offers kayak clinics at Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area in Columbia

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer two opportunities to learn basics of kayaking from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on June 5 and June 7. Both 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.

“Kayaking is one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities,” said MDC outdoor Skills Specialist Justin McGuire. “It opens up a whole new world for fishing, sightseeing, and family fun!”

These clinics are free and open to ages 12 and up. Participants younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited for each of these clinics and participants must preregister by June 4 at the following links:

June 5 Kayak Clinic registration -

June 7 Kayak Clinic registration -

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