2nd Quarter Calendar of Events!

by OMP Admin on March 24, 2015

**NOTE:  These events are subject to change and update at any given time.  Please check the website for all the latest and greatest on these updates or contact any of our board members for further information!**

  • BOAT REPAIR RENDEZVOUS – Apr. 18th •  3:00 – 10:00 pm at White River Brewing Company, 505 W. Commercial St. • This workshop will focus on installation of bow and stern skid plates for canoes • Contact Curtis Claybaker at 417.350.3657 to register.
  • KIDS FISHING DAY - May 9th (SATURDAY) • 9am – 2pm • VOLUNTEERS AND CANOES NEEDED! • Contact Jason Haskin at president@ozarkmtnpaddlers.org -or- 417.379.2220 for more info.
  • MAY FLOAT - May 16th & 17th (SATURDAY or SUNDAY) Current River (Section TBA) • Contact Tom Smith at 417.773.0688 for more info.
  • JUNE FLOAT – June 13-14th (SATURDAY & SUNDAY) • RIVER & SECTION TBA • Contact Tom Smith at 417.773.0688 for more info.
  • OMTC DAY AT THE LAKE (BOAT DEMO) – June 13th (SATURDAY) • Ozark Park on the Finley River • Come join us for a day at the park and on the water to demo a variety of different boats  • To participate and for more info, contact the Ozark Mountain Trading Company at 417.485.3219
  • OMP RECREATIONAL PADDLING CLINIC – June 20th (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. APPLICATION FOR THIS EVENT COMING SOON!
  • FLOAT FOR INDEPENDENCE – June 28th (SUNDAY) • Niangua River • Join us as we take a group of special needs kids down the Niangua River for a fun day of paddling, squirt gun fights, and heartwarming memories! • For more details and to volunteer, please contact Terri Bradley at  terri_bradley@att.net or 417-860-1449


  • JULY MEMBERS MEETING AND BOAT RAFFLE! – July 9th (THURSDAY) • 7:00pm • Springfield Nature Center • Come join us to catch up on the next (3rd) quarter’s OMP events and don’t miss out on the drawing for the raffle prize of a new Dagger Katana kayak!


Boat Repair Rendezvous!

by OMP Admin on March 21, 2015

11026057_10152682949037374_7580398802939129561_nPaddlers in the Ozarks are getting to start the Spring canoe and kayak season off with an improved boat and a new skill thanks to the Repair Rendezvous on Saturday, April 18 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The hands-on part of the workshop is from 3 – 8 p.m. and live music by Vultures of Chaos County is from 8 -10 p.m.

The rocky terrain in the Ozarks takes a toll on canoes and kayaks. With the many rivers and seasoned paddlers here in the Ozarks – and a local organization promoting conservation, education and recreation – lots of boats in the area need some reinforcing. This workshop will focus on installation of bow and stern skid plates.

Ozark Mountain Paddlers has been providing river safety education in the Ozarks for more than 30 years. This event will be another way the organization helps connect paddlers to the resources they need to paddle safely and have fun.

Participant registration fee is $25 per boat and includes instruction, repair supplies, eye protection, and gloves. Participants are required to wear close-toed shoes. This event is FREE to non-participants and folks are encouraged to join the rendezvous to meet local paddlers and learn about Ozark Mountain Paddlers.

A portion of the proceeds from beer sales at White River Brewing Company and food from the Pizza House will benefit Ozark Mountain Paddlers. There will be raffle prizes including a Skid Plate Repair Kit provided by Ozark Mountain Trading Company.

Participants must pre-register by April 10 by calling 417-350-3657. For more information, visit whiteriverbrewingco.com or ozarkmtnpaddlers.org.

Also, CLICK HERE for the News-Leader story online!


Win a New Dagger Katana!

February 11, 2015

This year, we are raffling off a brand new Dagger Katana crossover kayak (suitable for recreational and whitewater kayaking)!  Tickets are on sale NOW to win this boat and here is how it works: $1 = 1 TICKET $10 = 12 TICKETS $20 = 25 TICKETS $40 = 50 TICKETS $100 = 125 TICKETS! This more »

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2015 OMP Whitewater Clinic!

February 7, 2015

OMP Whitewater Clinic from SkiniKid Productions on Vimeo. It’s that time of year again, and we are THRILLED that it’s here again!  The 2015 OMP Whitewater Clinic is on March 28th-29th (Saturday & Sunday) on the Mulberry River at Turner Bend in Arkansas (CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS). **NOTE: camping is available Friday night. We are more »

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48th Annual Missouri Whitewater Championships (MWC)

February 19, 2015

The Missouri Whitewater Association (MWA) is proud to present the 48th Annual Missouri Whitewater Championships held over the weekend of March 21-22, 2015. These weekend-long races attract paddlers from throughout the country who want to challenge their precision in a slalom course and their speed in a downriver race. The races are open to many more »

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OMP Whitewater Clinic Promo Video!

February 9, 2015

A big THANK YOU to Guy Giaimo-McClung and SkiniKid Productions for this amazing promotional video! OMP Whitewater Clinic from SkiniKid Productions on Vimeo.

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Roll Classes!

February 7, 2015

Even sooner than our whitewater clinic is the start of this year’s roll classes!  We are using the indoor pool at the Good Samaritan Boy’s Ranch in Brighton, MO (CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS) for one-on-one, hands on,  pool instruction.  Each 2 hour class will cost participants (or those just wanting a warm place to practice) more »

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February Float on the Buffalo!

February 3, 2015

This February 7th & 8th (Saturday & Sunday), we are headed to the Lower Buffalo River, from Woolum to Tyler bend (15 miles).  We are planning to make this an overnight trip so bring your your warm clothes and camping gear. Since the water levels are much lower than anticipated, we are keeping the river more »

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Niangua Trip Report!

January 25, 2015

Six OMP members and one guest floated the Niangua River from Bennett Springs to Barclay Springs Sunday Jan 18th. It was a clear sunny day with temps in the mid 60′s, we had 2 new members, Kim Jarrell and Jim Horton taking their first trip with us, and there were 2 new kayaks which made more »

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Niangua Float on Sunday (Jan. 18th)!

January 17, 2015

We give an advanced apology for the short notice on this, but we figured we may as well take advantage of the weather as it looks to be friendly this coming weekend (Sunny and a high of 57˚F, looking fine)! There is a float planned on the Niangua River (Bennett Springs to Barclay = 6.3 more »

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