Learn2 Paddle

Have you ever wanted to try kayaking but didn't know where to begin? Do you want to get out on the water but don't have your own kayak? You're in luck! Missouri State Parks is offering to teach you how to paddle and have a safe and enjoyable time on the water.

This summer, staff will be offering kayaking instruction at select Missouri state parks. This will be a great opportunity to try something new and experience some of Missouri's lakes. We supply the equipment and the expertise; you supply the enthusiasm and an eagerness to discover nature and a new skill.

Learn2 Paddle Program Details

Missouri State Parks Provides:

  • Kayaks
  • Paddle
  • Life Jackets
  • Instructors

You Provide:

  • A good attitude and willingness to learn
  • Appropriate swimwear and footwear

Things to Consider Before You Register

  • State Parks recommends that the safest option is for you to bring your own life jacket for this program; however, there will be life jackets provided if you need to borrow one to participate. 
  • Please wear appropriate swimwear and footwear, as you may get wet. We recommend close-toed shoes you don’t mind getting wet and that have a back (ex. old tennis shoes or water shoes).
  • Participants must be at least 10 years of age. Children ages 10-14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the entire program.
  • Participants should be comfortable around water.
  • This event will be held in a Missouri state park and all rules and regulations apply.
  • This is a family-oriented event. Alcohol and tobacco products are not allowed while participating in the Learn2 Paddle Program.

To help protect the instructors and other participants, please consider the following questions prior to coming to the program. 

  1. In the past 14 days, have you had a fever, chills, sore throat?
  2. Have you traveled to a high-exposure area in the past two months?
  3. Are you aware of any exposure to someone with COVID-19 in the past month?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please let us know that you are not going to be able to attend.

2021 Upcoming Dates and Locations

DATE

LOCATION

SESSION TIMES

REGISTRATION OPENS STATUS
June 22 Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 Class is full
June 26 Wakonda State Park, La Grange 10 a.m. to noon
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
May 20  
July 9 Pomme de Terre State Park, Pittsburg 10 a.m. to noon June 7  
July 10 Current River State Park, Salem 10 a.m. to noon June 7  
July 10 Crowder State Park, Trenton 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
June 7  
July 11 St. Joe State Park, Park Hills 9:30 a.m. to noon June 7 Class is full
July 13 Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 Class is full
July 17 Battle of Athens State Historic Site, Revere 10 a.m. to noon
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
June 14  
July 18 Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 3  
July 23 St. Joe State Park, Park Hills 9:30 a.m. to noon
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
June 21  
July 24 Wakonda State Park, La Grange 10 a.m. to noon
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
June 21  
July 25 Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 9  
July 31 Stockton State Park, Dadeville 10 a.m. to noon June 28  
Aug. 6 Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton 10 a.m. to noon
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
July 5  
Aug. 6 Current River State Park, Salem 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 5  
Aug. 7 St. Joe State Park, Park Hills 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 5  
Aug. 7 Battle of Athens State Historic Site, Revere 10 a.m. to noon
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
July 5  
Aug. 14 Watkins Mill State Park, Lawson 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
July 12  
Aug. 14 Wakonda State Park, La Grange 10 a.m. to noon
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
July 12  
Aug. 19 Table Rock State Park, Branson  6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 19  
Aug. 20 Table Rock State Park, Branson 10 a.m. to noon July 19  
Aug. 21 Current River State Park, Salem 10 a.m. to noon July 19  
Aug. 21 St. Joe State Park, Park Hills 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 19  
Aug. 21 Crowder State Park, Trenton 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
July 19  
Aug. 24 Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster 10 a.m. to noon July 26  
Sept. 18 Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 4  
Sept. 19 Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4  
Sept. 28 Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30  

Registration

The class registration fee is $5 per participant; registration is required. Click on the "REGISTER HERE" link below to register. When you get to the registration website, you will need to enter "Learn2" in the "Search Text" box. The classes that are currently open for registration will pop up. Registration closes five weeks after the registration open date. All slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register Here

If a class is full, please email rebecca.young@dnr.mo.gov to be added to the wait list. Email should contain the following information: name(s) (first and last), session (date, time, location) and contact phone number.

Check out the New *ADVANCED* Learn2 Paddle Program

Click here to read the news release.

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