ALTON — The Mississippi River Water Trail Association, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation and their associated partners invite the public to experience the Mississippi River first-hand from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Riverlands Paddle Festival in the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
Participants can try paddling canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards in the calm backwaters of Ellis Bay in West Alton, Mo. Certified instructors will be available to answer questions about paddling in the area. The cost is $5 per person, which will get participants a lifejacket and time to try as many boats as they can. The event is open to all ages and skill levels. Children age 11 and older can paddle solo with their parent or guardian permission. Children 10 and younger can paddle with an adult in a canoe or tandem kayak.
This event will be at the Riverlands Way shelter next in West Alton, Mo., near the Rivers Project Office, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, Mo. For information about the festival or other upcoming water trail events, visit www.greatriverwatertrail.org or contact the National Great Rivers Museum at (618) 462-6979.