Friday, March 20, 2009

Mo River trail meeting next Wednesday

Originally uploaded by Iron Bieso
There's another meeting coming up - in Vermillion - on March 25. Here's the skinny:

Tim Cowman, director of the Missouri River Institute, will give a presentation about the Missouri National Recreational River Water Trail at 7 p.m. March 25.

The talk will be held in room 125 of the Akeley-Lawrence Science Center on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion.

The MNRR Water Trail is the result of a group effort comprised of several federal, state, local, and non-profit organizations. Currently, the water trail encompasses the entire 59-mile segment of the MNRR from Gavins Point Dam near Yankton to Ponca, Neb.

The water trail also includes an additional 20 river miles from Ponca to Sioux City, Iowa. A 39-mile segment of the MNRR will be added to this water trail in the future.

The planning group is working on improving public access to the river, compiling float trip information, creating informational brochures and signs, and building an interactive web site that can be used to plan float trips.

More information on the water trail and directions to the location of the talk can be found at

Following the water trail presentation, a short discussion about the concept of a hiking trail along a portion of the Missouri River will take place.

We invite paddlers to discuss trips they have taken in this area and their thoughts on a water (or hiking) trail development plan in South Dakota.

Visit the site, or contact Jarett if you have questions/need some more information.

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