Missouri River Water Trail opens June 6

Missouri River Water Trail opens June 6 A Water Trail Paddle is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 for the opening of the new Missouri River Water Trail. The first 24 registered participants can kayak or canoe the Missouri River for the low price of $20. No prior experience is necessary; instructions will be provided on site. Persons having their own kayaks or canoes can join for no fee. Sierra Club, Izaak Walton League of America, Pheasants Forever of South Dakota, University of South Dakota's Missouri River Institute, National Park Service, City of Yankton, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Missouri River Futures have worked to open this new water trail. The trail provides numerous access and egress points for kayakers and canoe enthusiasts.  In addition, a new Web site at http://www.mnrrwatertrail.org  features all the information needed to plan a river float trip and learn more about the history and ecology of each section of the Missouri National Recreational River. This float event will highlight several unique features of the MNRR. Missouri River Expeditions outfitters of Sioux Falls will provide kayaks and training for the float from Mulberry Point south of Vermillion to Chaney's Landing south of Elk Point. The event and shuttle services are free for those who bring their own kayak or canoe. The float will last about four hours. Participants should bring their own food, water and sunscreen.  All details and registration for a kayak can be completed at http://www.missriverexp.com  Registration deadline is May 31; event backup date is Sunday, June 7. Sierra Club and the South Dakota Canoe and Kayak association have provided financial support to make this trip more affordable and educational.  For questions, contact Dean Spader at 605-624-6831 or Missouri River Expeditions at 1-866-USKAYAK.

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