Now that summer has arrived, many people may be thinking about getting out on the river. Safety is always the number one concern for everyone. With the recent flooding, there may be debris and other objects in the water, but that does not mean floating cannot be safely done.

Now that summer has arrived, many people may be thinking about getting out on the river.  Safety is always the number one concern for everyone.  With the recent flooding, there may be debris and other objects in the water, but that does not mean floating cannot be safely done.

Missouri is one of several states that require many of its residents to take a boat safety certification.  If you were born after January 1st 1984, you will need to take a state approved safety course to legally operate a watercraft in Missouri.  The minimum age to operate a boat is 14 with a parent or 16 solo.  Contact the Missouri Highway Patrol for more information on obtaining a permit.

More information can be found at the Missouri Water Patrol and Highway Patrol website located at http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/WaterPatrol/

For those in canoes and inflatable tubes, a safety course isn’t required by law, but it is important to keep a life preserver and a way to communicate with family or friends, according to Corporal Kyle Wilmont.  Wilmont says it also a good idea to give someone a map of where you plan to float and a time you should arrive.

There are several local companies in Pulaski County and surrounding counties. They offers safe alternatives rather than going out floating on your own.

Many of the area resorts and campgrounds were severely damaged during the recent floods, but are opening for the float season as they make repairs.  It is important to make sure the water is safe. Always be sure to avoid debris and downed trees or power lines.

“Safety on the river is our main focus and our main goal.  We want everyone to enjoy the waget ways and be safe doing so,” Wilmont said. 

Wilderness Ridge Resort offers options for floating along with overnight cabins and RV Hookups.

573.435.6767

33850 Windsor Lane

Duke, MO 65461

Devils Elbow River Safari offers float trips with canoes and rafts.  The Number to call them is 573-855-4733.  They can also be reached at elbowgirl@yahoo.com.

Boiling Springs Campground offers float trips and cabins.  

573.759.7294

18700 Cliff Road

Dixon, MO 65459

Gasconade Hills Resort offers options for floating and camping. 

573.765.3044

28425 Spring Road

Richland, MO 65556

Rich’s Last Resort offers float options and cabin rentals.

573.435.6669

33401 Windsor Lane

Duke, MO 65461

Rubys Landing offers different floating options.

573.855.9567

22474 Restful Lane

Waynesville, MO 65583