Big Muddy Adventures provides custom guided and outfitted canoe trips on the Middle Mississippi River, the Lower Missouri River and their tributaries. We are located near the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri River in St. Louis. From this excellent location we are able to offer access to some of the greatest paddling and exploring in the world. We offer single day trips and multi day canoe camping trips. Each trip is customized to meet the interests, needs and tastes of the paddlers. Our purpose is to get you out on the river to experience the great beauty and power of the Great Rivers. And to do it safely with a professional taste.
Here is how you can plan for a trip with Big Muddy Adventures.
Decide on How Many Paddlers.
We go with one paddler, a small group or a large group. You can choose to come alone or organize your own group. We have Special Event Trips and Favorite Trips if you want to paddle with a group not of your own making.
Pick a Date on the Calendar.
You can check our on-line calendar for availability or to find a Specialty Trip such as our Full Moon Floats or Riverlands Sunset Trips
Choose a River Section to Travel and for How Long.
Check out Where We Go below and decide whether you would like to go for a day, two, a few, a week or on an extended expedition.
Contact Us To Customize the Plan and Make Your Reservation.
We will send you a Trip Quote with whatever customized needs and tastes you request.
You cand do some of your own planning and calculating. Check out our Pricing and the Options, the Shuttle Fee information, a description of our Favorite Trips, our Specialty Trips or our Description of River Sections,
Prepare and Pack for Your Trip.
If you have paddled before and camped before, you may already have a list ot things you like to pack. If not, or you would like to consider what we bring on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, check out our Canoe Trip Packing List to help guide you with What You Should Bring.
Our range of service extends from Confluence to Confluence, from our headquarters at the meeting of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, to Jefferson City, MO on the Missouri River, and from Winfield, MO on the Mississippi River tto the Confluence of the Ohio River.
Single Day Trips
Alton, IL to North Riverfront St. Louis (Mississippi)
Columbia Bottoms to St. Louis Riverfront
St. Charles to Columbia Bottoms (Missouri R)
Duck Island / Confluence Circumnavigation
Mosenthein Island Circumnavigation
Maple Island Circumnavigation
St. Genevieve, MO to Chester, IL (Mississippi R)
Expedition Trips (Multi Day, Camping)
St. Genevieve to Cape Girardieu (Mississippi R)
Winfield, MO to Alton, IL (Mississippi R)
Hermann, MO to St. Charles, MO (Missouri R)
Washingon, MO to Confluence (Missouri R)
Confluence to Confluence Alton, IL to Cairo, IL (200 miles Mississippi River)
St. Louis to Memphis
(400 miles Mississippi River)
We also offer trips on tributaries such as the Cuivre, Meramec, Bourbeuse, Coldwater Creek, Piasa Creek and many others.
Lower Mississippi River
If you want to explore "Where the Big River Gets Lost", contact our downstream affiliate, the Quapaw Canoe Company for extraordinary guided trips in the great wilderness that is the Lower Mississippi River, from Cairo, IL to the Gulf of Mexico.
Big Muddy Adventures provides all river equipment, including canoes, paddles and U.S. Coast Guard approved type III life jackets. All expeditions are outfitted with first-aid kits, rescue ropes, cellular communication (river to shore), and VHF marine communication (the type used by tugboats, U.S. Coast Guard, and all other river traffic private or commercial).
For trips in which a Food option is used, Big Muddy Adventures provides all refreshments and food, as well as cookware & eating utensils. Water and soft beverages are included.
Our Current Pricing Guide is here.
Our fees are simple. We start with a basic rate per person per day which includes guiding and river equipment. We have an additional cost for food if you choose to have us provide, cook and serve. We have high quality tents, sleeping bags, river clothing and camping equipment for rent if you need and so desire. We provide shuttles to and from our put in and take out.