The Missouri River has long been heralded as a recreational hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Each year, this 2,565-mile-long waterway beckons to over 150,000 visitors anxious to see and do everything this renowned region has to offer. With so much to see and do, putting together a list of five "musts" will make planning your trip to this area seamless and ensure you don't miss some of the river's many sights and adventures.
1. Rod and Reel
If fishing is your passion, you've come to the right place. Fish of all kinds flourish in the Missouri Region, making it an ideal option for rookie and veteran anglers alike. Here you'll find hybrid bass, striped bass, sauger, walleye, and gargantuan catfish that can grow up to 100 pounds. Drop a line near Katy Trail Bridge, or head just a bit north to cast your line at the antique boat graveyard dubbed "Boathenge" by locals.
2. Bird-Watch on a Hike
This is a two-in-one activity; the Missouri River abounds with hiking routes. Niobrara State Park, Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area and Ponca State Park all offer a wide range of recreational trails suited to all abilities. While perusing the region, the birdwatchers in your crew can combine a hike with ornithology at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area. This 10-mile stretch hugs the river's coastline, delivering ample opportunity to spy not only rare fowl, but also the flourishing indigenous flora and wildlife in the area. Plan accordingly, so you can trek up to the area's viewing tower and behold a bird's-eye view of the bluffs.
3. Get on the Water
Sometimes staying on the shore isn't enough; fortunately, you can spend time right on the water. Visitors come to swim, enjoy water sports and even Jet Ski at various spots on the river. Many also opt to float along the river's 39-mile or 59-mile reach to soak in some sun as well as enjoy the spectacular views from the water.
Many of the state parks here offer camping spots, allowing you and your crew the chance to spend both day and night surrounded by the majestic scenery and wildlife. Bonus: The astronomers in your traveling party will love checking out the stars in the pristine night sky. Even if you don't have a telescope, you can still view the celestial bodies as well as the International Space Station from right outside your tent.
5. Check out Isle of Capri Boonville
At some point, even the most avid outdoorsman needs a break from Mother Nature in Missouri. The Isle of Capri® Boonville provides a perfect solution. Located along the Missouri River, our casino is a great way to beat the summer heat and enjoy some of our innovative gaming options. Come play, stay and dine with us today!