OMP Recreational Paddling Clinic

by OMP Admin on July 22, 2014

RecKayaksIf 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 device)
  • sunscreen/sun protection
  • lunch and snacks
  • water/drinks (no alcohol)

Please CLICK HERE to download and print your application (which contains all the further details for the clinic), fill out completed, and send them to OMP no later than August 9th.  For more more information, please contact Marty Zerr 417.818.8981 -or- Jason Haskin 417.379.2220.


July Monthly Float!

by OMP Admin on July 20, 2014

468812aThe 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 south on Hwy 63 and turn right on the County Rd and follow the signs to Spring River Oaks about 2.5 miles.   We will shuttle boats and people to the put in and float back to Spring River Oaks.   Approx 10 mile float in water from Mammoth Spring which flows at approx 9 million gal/hr.   The river is scenic and appropriate for any skill level.    There is one short section of fast water (Saddler Falls) where a crowd usually gathers at to watch people crash (drunken and or inexperienced floaters).

I have floated the Spring in a canoe and a variety of different kayaks and always had a good time.   We should be off the river around 5:00.    Spring River Oaks has a nice campground for anyone interested in spending the night but the OMP Picnic is the next day so I will probably drive home to Springfield when we get off the river.   Anyone interested in camping can call to make reservations 870-856-3885 .  the website says they do not allow pets.

Please contact Marty Zerr 417- 818-8981 or Trent Fears 417-598-3030 and let us know if you will be joining us.


3rd Quarter Calendar of Events!!!

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 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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May Monthly Float!

April 24, 2014

On Saturday, May 17th, Travis Creswell from OMP’s Joplin Chapter is planning a float near the Joplin area.  As of now, the plan is to meet at 9:30AM at:  Country Market • 408 US Highway 71 • Pineville, MO 64856 – CLICK FOR MAP – From there we have several 5-8 mile beginner friendly trips more »

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April Float Report

April 13, 2014

“Great club float on the Kings river today. We had eleven people that enjoyed wonderful weather and great water level. A very nice stretch of river from Rock House to Trigger Gap. Everyone got wet at the big waves at Trigger Gap just before the takeout. Hope to see everyone next time!” – Gary Tombridge

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