3rd Quarter Calendar!

by OMP Admin on June 29, 2015

***NOTE: These dates, times, and events are subject to change at any given time.  Please check this website for updates and further detailed posts.***

  • DNA (Drury Neighborhood Alliance) FLOAT! – July 8th (WEDNESDAY) • Meet at 8:00am @ Boyd Elementary  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Come spend the day on the river with • Contact Brian Shipman at 417.880.2855 -or- bshipman@drury.edu.
  • OMP RECREATIONAL PADDLING CLINIC – July 18th (SATURDAY) • ALL DAY EVENT! • 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 at secretary@ozarkmtnpaddlers.org -or- 417.818.8981 -OR- Jason Haskin at president@ozarkmtnpaddlers.org -or- 417.379.2220 for more info. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION
  • JULY MONTHLY FLOAT – July 11-12 (SATURDAY & SUNDAY) • Current River (Section TBA) • Contact Tom Smith at 417.773.0688.
  • AUGUST MONTHLY FLOAT – Aug. 15th (SATURDAY) - Niangua River • Blue Spring to Big John Access • Meet at McDonalds in Buffalo at 9:00am or 3 people and their boats can ride with me leaving Springfield at 8:20am • Contact Marty Zerr at 417.818.8981.
  • AUGUST FLOAT - August 29 – 30 (SATURDAY – SUNDAY) • Eleven Point River (Turner Mill to Riverton = 14 miles)  • This will be an overnight trip and the plan is to float Saturday, camp on the best looking gravel bar available for that night, and continue paddling on throughout the day on Sunday to the takeout. If you would like to join us, please call 417.693.1618.
  • SEPTEMBER MONTHLY FLOATSept. 12th (SATURDAY) - River & Section TBA • Contact Gary Tombridge at 417-861-6056.
  • SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR INDEPENDENCE LIVING DAY AT THE LAKE – Sept. 2oth (SUNDAY) – 9:00am – 1:00pm • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! • All volunteers and participant must pre-register!  To pre-register, please contact Lacee Thompson at 417.886.1188 • To volunteer for safety, please contact Jason Haskin at 417.379.2220.
  • LAST DAY OF 2015 MEMBERSHIPS!!! - Sept. 30 (WEDNESDAY) • Memberships will be due on October 1st.  Please download, print, fill out, and return an application with payment to:
    Ozark Mtn Paddlers
    P.O. Box 1581
    Springfield, MO 65801
  • CLICK HERE to download an OMP Application!


  • WILDERNESS FLOAT – Oct. 16, 17, & 18 (FRIDAY – SUNDAY) • Buffalo River (Rush to Buffalo City = 23-25 miles!) MANDATORY MULTI-DAY OVER-NIGHTER! • If you want a little break from civilization, this float is for you!  3 days of paddling on the last leg of the lower Buffalo River before it dumps in to the White River (no access points in between this section).  With the beauty in itself of the Buffalo and the fall colors in transition, this is sure to be a memorable trip!  Contact Tom Smith at 417.773.0688 for further details.

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Float Planned on the Eleven Point!

by OMP Admin on August 22, 2015

Eleven-Point-River-GavinTim, Kerry, and Craig have an overnight float planned on the Eleven Point River (Turner Mill to Riverton = 14 miles) on August 29 – 30, (SATURDAY – SUNDAY).

This will be an overnight trip and the plan is to float Saturday, camp on the best looking gravel bar available for that night, and continue paddling on throughout the day on Sunday to the takeout. If you would like to join us, please call 417.693.1618.

See you on the river!



August Float on the Niangua!

August 11, 2015

Come join us for a dog days of summer float on the Niangua River from Blue Spring to Big John Access (7 mile float = 3-4 hrs) on August 15th (SATURDAY)! This is not the most heavily floated stretch of river and USUALLY CAN’T be floated in August, but it is a short drive from more »

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River Ties Movie Premier!

August 7, 2015

Join the cast of River Ties for a screening of the whole film at the Springfield Brewing Co. on Saturday, August 22 at 9:00pm – 10:30pm (the 7:30pm – 9:00pm screening has SOLD OUT!). TICKETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE at riverties.eventbrite.com and they are limited, so get them while they last! River Ties is a more »

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And the winner is… (drumroll)

July 10, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS to Samantha Turner! She is the proud winner of the new Dagger Katana that we raffled off tonight at our members meeting. Also, an extra special thank you again to the Ozark Mountain Trading Company for the boat donation!

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Monthly Float on the Current River!

June 20, 2015

We are planning a float on the Current River (Akers to Pulltite = 9 miles) on Saturday the 27th. We will be camping at Pulltite but for those not camping, please meet at pulltite camp ground to run shuttle at 10:30am to go upstream to Akers Ferry.  For those that are interested, please contact Craig more »

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Float for Independence!

June 13, 2015

The Float for Independence is happening Sunday, June 28th on the Niangua River! You won’t want to miss this one! Get out your squirt guns and get ready for some fun in the sun with the “kids”!   What a blessing it is to be involved in this very special float trip for some very special more »

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1st Annual LRFD Fire Safety Day Camp!

June 2, 2015

OMP is looking for 4 or 5 volunteers to help out on Wednesday June 10th, 2-4 pm. We are going to host  safety classes (with a maximum of 5 classes of 6 children) for children ages 7-11 on the basics of proper outfitting, the importance of life jackets, canoe and kayak basic skills, and overall more »

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JRBP River Rescue!

June 2, 2015

Saturday, June 6th, starting at 8:00am on the James River (Tailwaters Access to Summers) – We are looking for several safety boaters who are able to help and aren’t afraid to get muddy.  The more volunteers we can provide, the better job we’ll do cleaning the river.  CLICK HERE for all of the put-in & more »

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UPDATED Recreational Kayak & Canoe Clinic!

May 20, 2015

If you want to learn the basics of canoeing or kayaking: strokes, boat control, safety and trip planning, then this is the clinic for you! This class is geared toward the beginner who wants to learn how to have a fun, safe day on the river. It is also great for the beginner who would more »

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