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Introduction to Paddling Our Backyard River

Presentation by Paddler Linda Coffman

Join Linda Coffman for an introduction into paddling on the Missouri River.

Linda and Steve

Linda Coffman and her paddling partner Steve Olson on the MR340 in 2021.

Time and Place

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
7:00 pm

Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
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Presentation by Paddler Linda Coffman

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

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.

Hosted by Missouri River Relief 

New to paddling the Missouri River? Intimidated by the expanse, the current and the barge traffic? Join avid paddler Linda Coffman for the September Big Muddy Speaker Series for a Missouri River paddling introduction. Her goal is to make our shared backyard river more welcoming for recreation enthusiasts. This presentation will cover appropriate watercraft and gear, safety precautions, ideas for planning trips, tips on reading the water features, and a brief discussion on appreciating the river’s beauty, wildlife, history and lore. Your adventure is just a paddle away.

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Linda Coffman is a retired Early Childhood Educator with a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Anthropology. She is the former director of Walnut Creek Day School and taught CORE Competency for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Linda has a love for the outdoors and has competed in various sports throughout her adult life including running, bicycling, canoe/kayak racing, weightlifting and holds records in power lifting. She began paddling later in life but is now an avid paddler of the Missouri River and has participated in the MR340 13 times.


  • 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.

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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!

The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place in  St. Charles where it is hosted by Greenway Network.

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.