Big Muddy Adventures

Big Muddy Adventures is an insured professional river guiding and outfitting company, located in St. Louis MO just downstream of the Confluence of the Mississippi River and the Missouri River. BMA offers custom guided river trips by canoe and kayak, including St. Louis area day trips, full moon floats, and multi day canoe camping trips. BMA's guiding and outfitting territory extends from Hannibal, MO to Caruthersville, MO on the Mississippi River, from Kansas City, MO to the Confluence on the Missouri River, and from Hardin, IL on the Illinois River to the Confluence of the Mississippi River. BMA is affiliated with Quapaw Canoe Company of Clarksdale, MS and Helena, AR, extending the guiding territory all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Latitude: 38.737008 Longitude: -90.217455 Elevation: 473 ft
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Areas of Service and Expertise

BMA was founded by Michael Clark, a veteran urban educator from Chicago, who moved to St. Louis in 2001 and began the business as an alternative way of teaching, from the river. Clark and two other educators began a learning adventure project connecting a live expedition by canoe with virtual elementary and middle school student partners. They paddled the entire length of the Mississippi River and engaged nearly 10,000 students.

A serendipitous meeting occurred on this inaugural learning adventure expedition. Clark met John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company in the middle of the Lower Mississippi River. Ruskey and Clark quickly forged a friendship and partnership. The following year, 2002, they completed the second BMA adventure learning project, a full navigation of the Missouri River, again engaging thousands of students as virtual partners. During the Ruskey and Clark Expedition, it became clear that the virtual access to the river was great, but there needed to be opportunity for true hands-on experiences too. Ruskey was already established with his Quapaw Canoe Company and he assisted Clark in opening up the guiding and outfitting business in St. Louis. Today Big Muddy Adventures is in its fifteenth year of operation, outfitting and guiding on the Middle Mississippi River and the Lower Missouri River.

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

Big Muddy Adventures run full day and multi day paddling expeditions on the lower Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. 

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Big Muddy Adventures is locally owned and operated in The City of Saint Louis and Saint Louis County. 

Accessibility Notes

Due to the large size of our voyager canoes we can accommodate many different levels of mobility and access. An individual does not need to be able to paddle to join us on a group trip. 

Pet Friendly Notes

We do not offer pet friendly trips at this time. 

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