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Missouri River 2,456: Yellowstone to the Arch by Kayak

Presentation by paddler Mark Fingerhut

Mark Fingerhut will share images and stories from his kayak expedition down the Missouri River in 2019.

Mark Fingerhut

In 2019, Mark Fingerhut paddled a wooden kayak from the boundary of Yellowstone Park to the Arch in St. Louis, MO.

Time and Place

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
7:00 pm

Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
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Presentation by paddler Mark Fingerhut

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

NOTE – This month’s presentation will be the THIRD Tuesday of the month. In March we’ll return to our regular schedule. 

The Bistro Restaurant is closed on Tuesdays, but the bar will be open.

You ARE welcome to come early, bring some food and gather with friends before the presentation. Speaker Series attendees are welcome after 6:00 p.m.

In 2019, Mark Fingerhut put a handmade wooden kayak (created by his buddy Shane Camden from Paddle Stop New Haven) in the Madison River just outside of Yellowstone Park. For the next several months, he paddled downstream, from the Madison River to the Missouri, through the many lakes and reservoirs of the Upper and Middle Missouri River and through the flooding Lower Missouri River.

Along the way, Mark raised donations for Missouri River Relief (nearly $5,000) and met everyone he could along the way, gathering the many different perspectives that Missouri River people have. He posted his observations and wonderful photos on his blog, Paddle St. Louis. 

Mark will be sharing some of his thoughts, adventures and expedition paddling tips with us for a special Big Muddy Speaker Series presentation. Because of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Feb. 9, this month’s talk will be the THIRD Tuesday in February. In Mark we’ll return to our normal second Tuesday date.


  • 14020 W. Hwy BB, Rocheport, MO
  • Take I-70 to the Rocheport, MO, exit (Exit #115). It’s the first exit east of the Missouri River.
  • Head north toward Rocheport.
  • After about a mile, turn left at the sign for Les Bourgeois Bistro. Follow the signs to the Bistro. You will probably need to park in the lot above the Bistro and walk the trail down.
  • The presentations are held in upstairs in the restaurant. The restaurant is no longer open on Tuesdays but the bar is! You are welcome to bring your own food or snacks.

The Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

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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!

And a special tip of the hat to volunteer David Owens who has been doing the sound for the Speaker Series for several years.

Our thanks to Dave and the good people of MoRivCC who are video recording these presentations when possible.

The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place monthly in Kansas City and St. Charles.

The views and opinions expressed by our presenters do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of Missouri River Relief, the Big Muddy Speaker Series or any of the partners that support this public forum. The Big Muddy Speaker Series believes that hearing diverse perspectives is a crucial building block for an informed public.