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Missouri River in Missouri - Weekend Trip Report

by redmond

Trip Overview


Just got back from a 4 day, 3 night trip on my Hobie Adventure Island. Put in at Glasgow, MO and took out at the Hartsburg Access about 67 miles later. It was awesome!

The first day I had a great broad reach wind, but it was a little puffy and shifty. I've never sailed a boat that jibed as easily as this one. I guess that not having a deck sweeping boom helps! Did about 32 miles. Primitive camping each night. Real primitive, like no facilities at all. Just find a spot and pitch your tent.

Second day there wasn't much wind, so I just floated on the 4 mph current. Very restful. The tramps were very handy, I had my jar of peanuts, water, maps, monoculars, GPS, protein bars all within easy reach. The only thing I didn't like about the tramps was that you can't paddle with them. I really like to use a paddle for maneuverability when I'm taking off from shore. Did about 22 miles that day. Found a really nice camp spot and decided to spend the next day there.

Third day spent reading a good book and relaxing in camp.

Fourth day, went about 13 miles to the take out. Wind was right on the nose, but blowing pretty hard so I decided to tack down river. Luckily, there was about a 3-4 mph current so I was still making pretty good headway. Very wet and wild.

I forgot to mention that I did this on my own and it was a lot of fun!

Here's a link to a few more photos I took:
http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/580055889yVtHOE

Accommodations:

Primitive. Very.

Outfitting:

Hobie Adventure Island kayak

Fees:

No

Directions:

About 2 hours east of Kansas City off I-70.

About 2 hours west of St. Louis.

Resources:

"A Paddler's Guide to Missouri"

Delorme Missouri Atlas

  • Duration: 2-3 Day Trip, Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

Locations on this Trip