Register for MDC flatwater kayaking program July 13 in the Ozarks

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WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is inviting you to spend a day paddling a local waterway with a free beginner flatwater kayaking program July 13 in the Ozarks!

Join us for an evening on the water for a basic flatwater kayaking program! You will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice! Fishing poles and bait will be provided if you wish to experience fishing from a kayak during the later portion of the program.

“In Missouri, floating down streams and paddling around lakes are fantastic ways to enjoy the state’s great outdoors,” said Dwight Warnke, MDC Conservation Educator and program instructor. “Whether your passion is angling, keeping an eye out for elusive wildlife, or simply drifting downstream with the current, a day on the water will definitely lift your spirits.”

Participants 16 and older must possess a valid fishing permit if you choose to fish. Kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets will be provided. Participants 13 and older are welcome to register; those younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Close-toed shoes are required.

New and experienced paddlers will appreciate MDC’s A Paddler’s Guide to Missouri, which features 58 rivers and streams. The guide is available at MDC offices, nature centers, and the Department’s online Nature Shop at

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