MDC to offer free kayak programs this summer in the OzarksOzark Radio News

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WESTERN PLAINS, Mo. – Summer is here and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages you to spend a day paddling a local waterway or fishing your favorite creek by taking four free beginner kayak programs this month.

Get ready to learn key kayaking information and safety during a land lesson, then head out kayaking down the river!

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Fishing rods and bait will be provided if you wish to experience kayak fishing in the latter part of the program. Participants 16 years and older must have a valid fishing license if you choose to fish. Kayaks, paddles and life jackets will also be provided. Closed shoes are required.

Food and water will not be provided, so please come prepared. A dry bag is also recommended for personal equipment. Participants aged 13 and over are welcome to register; under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, extra water, and lunch.

Where do we meet: July 16 on the Big Piney River between Six Crossings (50.0 river mile marker) and Ross Access (54.7 river mile marker). Participants will meet at MDC Ross Access and be transported to the starting point at Six Crossings Access Point. You must arrive at Ross Access by 8:50 AM to take the shuttle to the departure point.

Directions to MDC Ross Access: From Duke take Route K West to Western Road then Windsor Lane North for 0.50 mile.

Join us for an evening on the water for a basic flat water kayaking program! You’ll learn kayaking information and safety guidelines during a theory portion of the course, then head out into the water to learn how to paddle and practice! Fishing rods and bait will be provided should you wish to experience kayak fishing during the latter part of the program. Participants 16 years and older must have a valid fishing license if you choose to fish. Kayaks, paddles and life jackets will be provided.

Participants aged 13 and over are welcome to register; under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Closed shoes are required.

Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program! You’ll learn kayaking information and safety guidelines during a theory portion of the course, then head out into the water to learn how to paddle and practice! Fishing rods and bait will be provided should you wish to experience kayak fishing during the latter part of the program.

Participants 16 years and older must have a valid fishing license if you choose to fish. Kayaks, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Participants aged 13 and over are welcome to register; under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Closed shoes are required.

Get ready for a day on the water! Participants will learn kayaking information and safety guidelines during a theory portion of the course, then embark on kayaking on the river. Participants aged 13 and over are welcome to register; under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Please bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, extra water, and lunch. Food and water will not be provided, so please come prepared. A dry bag is recommended for personal equipment.

Fishing rods and bait will be provided should you wish to fish from a kayak during the latter part of the program. Participants 16 years and older must have a valid fishing license if you choose to fish. Kayaks, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Closed shoes are required.

Where do we meet: MDC Scotts Ford Access and shuttle to trailhead at MDC Woodson K. Woods Access Point. You must arrive at Scotts Ford by 8:50 AM to take the shuttle to the departure point.

Find more free events near you online at https://mdc.mo.gov/events.

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