A Day at the Lake (Please Volunteer!)

by OMP Admin on August 21, 2014

230x227x521.jpg.pagespeed.ic.GuPkB_MGtBThe Southwest Center for Independent Living is putting on an event to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and various other activities.  OMP is looking for many volunteers who wish to donate a few hours of their time on September 20th (9am – 12pm) at the Springfield Lake Boathouse Marina.

We are anticipating 50-60 participants for the canoe and kayak portion of the event so please, volunteer now as an on-land or on-water safety assistant by contacting Terri Bradley at 417.860.1449 -or- Jason Haskin at 417.379-2220.

Thank you!


3rd Quarter Calendar of Events!!!

by OMP Admin on July 1, 2014

  • JULY MEMBERS MEETING & BOAT RAFFLE!July 10th (THURSDAY) • 7:00pm • Springfield Nature Center • Come join us to catch up on the next quarter’s OMP events and don’t miss out on the drawing for the GRAND PRIZE Dagger Katana kayak! …and DON’T FORGET to bring your photos in for the monthly photo contest!
  • JRBP RIVER CLEANUP (TAKE 4!!!)July 12th (SATURDAY) • ALL DAY EVENT, CHECK-IN AT 8am •  CLICK HERE for location • Looking for volunteers, pre-registry REQUIRED (due to limited number of boats).  Bring gloves, snacks, water, and life jackets. Contact Jason Haskin 417.379.2220 for safety volunteering and Melissa Bettes melissabettes@missouristate.edu to pre-register.
  • DNA (Drury Neighborhood Alliance) FLOATJuly 16th (WEDNESDAY) • ALL DAY EVENT! • OMP’s event to introduce 3rd-5th graders to paddling and the outdoors in a safe, controlled environment. Contact Brian Shipman for more information 417.880.2855.
  • JULY MONTHLY FLOAT - July 26th (SATURDAY) • Spring River (section TBA) • Contact Trent Fears 417.598.3030 or Marty Zerr 417.818.8981 for more info.
  • OMP PICNIC - July 27th (SUNDAY) • 11:00am – 4:00pm • Cape Fair Marina Park • Come join us for games, food, prizes, and fun activities at the lake!  Bring your boats, swim gear, lawn chairs, your favorite side dish and favorite beverages for this Sunday picnic.  OMP will provide the meat for the grill (burgers and dogs).  Contact Jennifer Haskin 417.414.7277 for more information.
  • SHOAL CREEK WATER FESTIVAL!Aug. 9th (SATURDAY) • 10:00am -3:00pm • Wildcat Glades Conservation CenterOMP IS NEEDING VOLUNTEERS! • Contact Travis Creswell for more info: joplinchapter@ozarkmtnpaddlers.org 0r 417.437.9974 -OR- CLICK HERE! for more info.
  • AUGUST MEMBERS MEETINGAug. 14th (THURSDAY) • 7:00pm • Springfield Nature Center or TBA
  • OMP RECREATIONAL KAYAK/CANOE CLINIC - Registration Deadline by August 9th!Aug. 16th (SATURDAY) James River/Springfield Lake,  Put-in at Southwood Access • Come learn the essentials of paddling recreational kayaks or canoes with us at the Southwood Access 9am – 2pm • $30 for clinic -or- $5 if you are already an OMP member! • Contact Marty Zerr 417.818.8981 -or- secretary@ozarkmtnpaddlers.org for more information.
  • AUGUST MONTHLY FLOAT – Bryant Creek • Date, times, and river section TBA • For more info contact Jason Frantz 417.379.2229
  • SEPTEMBER MEMBERS MEETINGSept. 11th (THURSDAY) • 7:00pm • Springfield Nature Center or TBA
  • OMP FIELD TRIP/MONTHLY FLOAT - Sept. 13th (SATURDAY) • ALL DAY EVENT! •  Fisher’s Ford Whitewater Park in Siloam Springs, AR • Playboaters rejoice!  Come join us to check out the only official whitewater park in the Ozarks.  Bring your kayak, spray skirt, helmet, PFD, and plenty of snacks and water.  Contact Jason Haskin 417.379.2220 for more info.


August Monthly Float

August 7, 2014

Join us on Bryant Creek for the August Monthly Float on August 16th.  We’ll launch at Sycamore Access (Hodgson Mill) around 11 and take out at Warren Bridge.  This is a day float, but could easily be an overnighter if anyone was so inclined.  RSVP to jfrantz@woodshopartisans.com or call 417-379-2229 if you plan to attend more »

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OMP Recreational Paddling Clinic

July 22, 2014

If you are looking for some introduction to our rivers and streams, this is your opportunity.  Please mark your calendars for the OMP Recreational Paddling Clinic on Saturday, August 16th.  We will be meeting at the Southwood Access on Springfield Lake/James River at 9am and students/participants will need to bring: boat paddle PFD (personal flotation more »

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July Monthly Float!

July 20, 2014

The July float will be on the Spring River below Mammoth Spring just below the MO/AR border.   We will meet at the Spring River Oaks take out at 10:00 am Sat 26th. Driving directions from Springfield – Hwy 60 east to Hwy 63 south to Thayer, MO.   After crossing the state line continue 8 miles more »

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And the Winner is….(drumroll)

July 12, 2014

Congratulations to Cody Wicker and his proud family from Marionville!  Cody is the GRAND PRIZE winner of our boat raffle and has won a new Dagger Katana crossover kayak, donation courtesy of Ozark Mountain Trading Company.  Thank you very much for your donation OMTC! And thank you all who purchased tickets and have helped support OMP, more »

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21st Annual Float for Independence!

June 20, 2014

Summer has arrived!  That means many summer floats and adventures await us all, especially the 21st annual Float for Independence on Sunday, June 29th on the Niangua River.  This is a co-sponsored float arranged by Springfield Greene County Parks & Recreation Board and yours truly (OMP) that assists in providing a safe trip for developmentally more »

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Memorial Day Weekend Float! (Multi-day Float)

May 13, 2014

Join us on Memorial Day weekend for camping float on the Current River – Pulltite to Two Rivers, May 23 – 26 (FRIDAY – MONDAY).  Will be camping on Friday at Pulltite (camping at Pulltite is $14 per campsite), running shuttle Saturday no later than 8:00am, and putting on the water NO LATER THAN 10:30am. more »

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Paddle Fest, May 17th!

May 2, 2014

Dynamic Earth’s Paddle Fest Saturday, May 17th 2014 from 9:00am – 2:00pm Paddle Day/Demo Day activities include: Kayak Demo SUP Demo Basic Kayak Instruction SUP Instruction Gear and Apparel Clinics Water Safety Information Local Paddle Sports Resources Everyone who attends will receive 15% off full price of a boat or paddle board and 20% off more »

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Kid’s Fishing Day, May 10th!

April 30, 2014

The Logan-Rogersville Fire Department presents – Kids Fishing Day!!!  Organized by Robert Talburt – Logan Rogersville Assistant Fire Chief • 3427 S. State HWY 125 This event is May 10th (10am-2pm) and serves as a public introduction to canoeing.  Topics will cover first paddle strokes, boat entry, a proper fit for a life jacket and general boat more »

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