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MO Float Trip Rules & Laws: A Guide

Conservationists, Park Rangers, campground owners, politicians and residents in Missouri are working hard to ensure safety and enjoyment is had by all visiting the area this summer. By taking care of rowdy, risky behavior and observing the family orientated attitude the area is known for, each visitor can make the most of summer fun and have a positive experience on the water. It is important to note that officials are taking the same attitude about careless and unacceptable behavior on the water as they are in downtown St. Louis or Kansas City; it will simply not be tolerated.

In the summer time, families with children of all ages flock to the various Missouri rivers for swimming, picnicking, cycling, rafting and many other outdoor activities. By speaking with visitors and area locals, officials intend to hear the voice of the people and have worked hard at making sure outrageous, risky and offensive behavior is eliminated. Having a plan of action and zero tolerance for outlandish behavior over the past few years has been successful in bringing a delicate balance to the rivers and makes it safer and more fun for everyone.

Beginning in 2009, officials implemented the following rules and regulations which will be strictly enforced by local law enforcement:

  • Cliff or bluff jumping and rope swings are prohibited. Jumping from cliffs is not only extremely dangerous, it also disrupts fragile vegetation and causes soil erosion.
  • No illegal drugs, public intoxication, possession of alcohol by minors, public displays of nudity and disorderly conduct will be tolerated.
  • Any form of polystyrene food and beverage coolers are not allowed. People in the past have thrown these containers into the river and created hazardous conditions and extra waste. This however, does not include bait buckets.
  • Beer kegs of any type or size, beer pong equipment, or any other drinking devices or Jello shots are not allowed.
  • Glass containers are not allowed on the river within the park boundary and any type of dry ice bombs will be in violation and prosecuted as well.
  • Excessively loud stereo or radio equipment that intrudes on family activities or disrupts others is strictly prohibited and Rangers will be using audio decibel equipment to locate and cite violators. This also includes the use of air horns, or other excessively loud devices are also not allowed.

People can consume alcohol in moderation, it is not banned within the park, but Rangers will ticket those under age or individuals being intoxicated in public. Park Rangers will welcome visitors to parks and waters ways and provide education and information about any particular regulations and will be asking people to be responsible and make it a safe and fun summer for everyone involved.

Bring your family and come visit one of the many pristine waterways located in Missouri this summer. The rules and guidelines are designed to protect and ensure the safety of others and to make the summer an enjoyable and a pleasant occasion for all. Park rangers, the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Water Patrol, Missouri State Highway Patrol and other local agencies would like to welcome everyone to come and experience the wonders of nature and take advantage of all the best Missouri lakes and rivers have to offer.

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