Planning a float trip? Don’t forget these items

5 must haves

There is not a better way to leisurely experience the Show-Me-State than a lazy river float trip.

Whether it’s the Current River, Jacks Fork, or the Black River, southeast Missouri is home to several areas that offer a scenic outdoor adventure.

But before you hop on the water with your tube, raft or canoe, you may want to keep these points in mind.

  • Eight to 10 miles is a good length for a lazy float trip. In about four to five hours, you’ll be able to complete the float and even stop for lunch on a gravel bar.
  • You need to make sure you have these five items: water shoes, a cooler packed with food and water, rope, sunscreen and a waterproof container for your phone and driver’s license.
  • Take a bag for trash. You’ll want to keep the rivers clean for other folks. The golden rule: if you carried it in, carry it out.
  • Leave your glass containers and glass bottles of any kind, and all foam-type food and beverage coolers at home. Those items are prohibited. CLICK HERE for a list of other rules.
  • If you don’t mind a crowd, go on Saturdays and Sundays during summer. If you don’t like a crowd, go on weekdays.

With these in mind, you’re sure to float your worries away.