For water lovers and kayakers we have put a bucket list of places to go kayaking in Missouri. Missouri offers a variety of scenic lakes and rivers on which to spend the day paddling, sightseeing, and breathing in the outdoors.
Ha Ha Tonka Spring
With its beautiful views and intriguing history, Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one state park that should not be missed. Missouri’s 12th largest spring. The ruins of a turn-of-the-century stone castle overlook these wonders and offer impressive views of the Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring. For more information on Ha Ha Tonka visit their website here.
Take a float trip on the Niangua River! This river is great fun for families and perfect for easy kayaking, canoeing, and floating on a raft. Also known for trout fishing, the Niangua waters are refreshingly cool and clear in the summer. For more information on Bennett Springs visit their website here.
The Meramec River
The Meramec River is beloved by Missourians as a favorite destination for kayaking. The Meramec River flows by majestic bluffs, wooded areas and a dramatic cave entrance. For more information on the Meramec River visit their website here.
Lake of the Ozarks
Lots of beautiful scenic views throughout the Lake of the Ozarks. Put your kayak in at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Lake of the Ozarks Aquatic Trail, McCubbins Point Public Access. For more information on visiting the Lake of the Ozarks check out their website here.
Table Rock Lake
With its gentle flowing waters, Branson’s Lake Taneycomo gives kayakers several opportunities to relax and let the current take care of some of the work. On Table Rock Lake, the calm, smooth water also make for easy paddling – but without the current, it’s easier to maintain a steady position while fishing, taking pictures or simply enjoying the beautiful surroundings. And you get a slightly better upper body workout. For more information on visiting Table Rock Lake check out their website here.
The Current River
With views of the scenic Current River offers a peaceful haven for today’s visitor. Current River State Park is built around the former retreat of the Alton Box Board Co. of Alton, Illinois. Constructed during the late 1930s and early 1940s, the Alton Club buildings themselves reflect the rustic architectural style used by the National Park Service in the early part of the 20th century. In addition to overnight lodging, activities offered at the Alton Club included floating, fishing, swimming, tennis, horseback riding and golf. For more information on the Current River visit their website here.