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 enjoyable time on the water.

For eight Saturdays this summer, staff will be offering free 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'll 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

  • Participants must be at least 10 years of age. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Parent/guardian does not have to participate but must be there to provide adult supervision.)
  • 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.

2015 Dates and Locations

June 20 Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia - ALL CLASSES ARE FULL
June 27 Wakonda State Park, La Grange
July 11 Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster - ALL CLASSES ARE FULL
July 25 St. Joe State Park, Park Hills
Aug. 1 Cuivre River State Park, Troy
Aug. 8 Onondaga Cave State Park, Leasburg
Aug. 15 Harry S Truman State Park, Warsaw
Aug. 22 Pomme de Terre State Park, Pittsburg

Classes will be held at the following times at each park:

  • 8:30 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 2 p.m.

Register now!

The classes are free but registration is required.  All slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.