Boating, Canoeing, Floating and the Outdoors

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Take a canoe trip through nature. Vacations to Missouri are great for nature lovers. Read about some of the best canoe trips in Missouri.
Author: MDT Editor


Enjoy the Water on a Missouri Canoe Trip

For water enthusiasts, Missouri is an absolute paradise. Rivers flow through picturesque forests and between gently sloping hills. Clear blue lakes beckon boaters and anglers. Perfect canoe trips in Missouri are easily found.

Near Lebanon, take a leisurely float on the Niangua River from Maggard Canoe at Corkery Campground. Select your river-traveling vessel of choice — Maggard offers rafts, canoes, tubes and kayaks — and set out on what is widely considered to be one of the Niangua River's most beautiful 10-mile stretches.

Wet, Wild and Fun Canoe Trips in Missouri


East of Steelville, which is billed as the Floating Capital of Missouri, you can pick from three of Missouri’s best floatable rivers on your next canoe trip: the Courtois, the Huzzah and the upper Meramec. All three are served by Bass’ River Resort Canoe Outfitters, where floating, fishing and relaxing are the top priority. The resort offers cabins and camping options, a general store, an in-ground pool, equestrian facilities, and shuttles to and from the three rivers. Needless to say, Steelville is one of the hottest spots for canoe trips in Missouri.


Ray Behrens Campground, in Perry, makes it easy to turn a one-day experience into a full weekend of fun. This recreation area, situated near Mark Twain Lake, lets visitors on nature vacations spend time as Twain's characters did: camping, fishing, boating and exploring. Take your tent and spend the night at one of the 165 campsites. The area boasts a boat ramp, marina, hiking trails, a picnic center and a playground.

A canoe trip makes the perfect outing for the entire family. In Galena, rent a canoe, raft, tube or boat at James River Outfitters for a scenic and relaxing trip down the picturesque James River. They offer 5-, 11- and 22-mile floats through the picturesque Ozarks. Feel free to take a picnic lunch and your fishing gear.

Take a High-Class Canoe Trip — On a Yacht (It’s A Bit Bigger Than a Canoe)

For a memorable meal with the perfect view, you can't do much better than a trip with Celebration Cruises. Take your seat aboard one of the largest, most elegant yachts on the Lake of the Ozarks for a table-service dinner cruise or lunch cruise. What better way to enjoy the beauty of nature vacations on one of Missouri's largest lakes?

 Maggard Canoe at Corkery Campground
Canoe, raft, tube and kayak rentals, and camping, on the Niangua River, near Lebanon, Missouri. We offer ...

 Bass' River Resort Canoe Outfitters
A one-stop destination for outdoor fun. Enjoy some of the best floating available on canoes, rafts, ...

 Ray Behrens Campground
Mark Twain Lake attracts fishermen, boaters, campers, and hunters who want to relax and enjoy the lake. ...

 James River Outfitters
Float trip outfitter on the scenic James River in Galena. Float trips are one of the oldest past times ...

 Celebration Cruises
Restaurant style, table-service dinner cruises, lunch cruises, scenic cruises aboard one of the largest ...

 The Mark Twain Lake
This 18,600-acre lake is ideal for a day on the water. Also, enjoy equestrian trails, walking trails, ...

 The Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri's most popular lake destination features more than 1,100 miles of shoreline – that’s ...