Paddling into Beauty, Bend by Bend

Published: June 10, 2014

Original Presentation by author and guide Brett Dufur, Mo. Dept. of Conservation

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Brett Dufur, editor for the Conservation Department and river guide, will discussed the unique draw of the Missouri River – what propels some ultra-marathon paddlers in the annual MR340 race, as well as those paddling in the wake of Lewis & Clark, looking for what only the river can provide. What is it about our culture, our past, that draws us to test ourselves on the Missouri?
Brett also discussed his MR340 graduate research on the psychology of Flow, or optimum experience, and the MR340 race, which he has completed five times. His goal is always to propel and excite more explorers to discover and continually rediscover the Missouri River. 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of his founding of Mighty Mo Canoe Rentals, where he has guided more than 5,000 people on the river.
Brett Dufur is an editor for the Missouri Dept. of Conservation, contributing articles to the Missouri Conservationist and other publications. He is the owner of Pebble Publishing, which specializes in Missouri history, tourism and the natural world. He is the author of The Katy Trail GuidebookExploring Lewis & Clark’s Missouri and many other books. He is a five time veteran of the Missouri River 340 race, is the owner/guide for Mighty Mo Canoe Rentals and co-owner of the Katy Trail Bed and Breakfast in Rocheport, MO.


Resources and Links

Here’s some links for more on Missouri River paddling, the MR340 and Mighty Mo Canoe Rentals

The Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

is hosted by these wonderful partners.

Special thanks to Les Bourgeois Vineyards for giving us the opportunity to use their beautiful space overlooking the Missouri River. All speakers are presenting for free! Thank you all for sharing your knowledge with us! Click here for a list of upcoming presentations» The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place monthly in Kansas City and St. Charles.

The Big Muddy Speaker Series is partially funded by the Columbia Ecological Services Field Office (USFWS) and the Mo. Dept. of Conservation.

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