Big Muddy Canoe Trips Reintroduce St. Louisans To Their Mighty Mississippi | St. Louis Public Radio

Big Muddy Canoe Trips Reintroduce St. Louisans To Their Mighty Mississippi

Aug 27, 2019

Mike "Muddy Mike" Clark, standing in the stern, guides adventuregoers underneath the Eads Bridge near downtown St. Louis on a recent afternoon.
Credit Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Despite its ever-present vastness along the Missouri-Illinois border, the Mississippi River is easy for locals to take for granted. And all too often, residents completely avoid the river.

It’s one thing to drive above it on a highway or eat a meal at a restaurant overlooking the water; relatively few actually travel its meandering length. But the people behind Big Muddy Adventures are aiming to change that, one canoe trip at a time.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked with the company’s founder and lead guide, Mike Clark, who is better known as “Muddy Mike.” Also participating in the discussion was Roo Yawitz, general manager of Big Muddy Adventures.

Listeners also heard from some enthusiastic recent passengers.

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What: Upcoming Big Muddy Adventures trips
When: Various days (and nights!) and times
Where: Mississippi and Missouri rivers

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Alexis Moore. The engineer is Aaron Doerr, and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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