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Next Level Missouri River Water Trail – with your help

Presentation by Greg Poleski, Greenway Network

Greg will be inspiring us to take the incredible resource of the Missouri River Water Trail to the next level. Join us for a conversation that’s been waiting for you to hop in!


A foggy morning on the Missouri River near the mouth of the Osage River. During the 2013 MR340. photo by Steve Schnarr

Time and Place

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
7:00 pm

Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
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Presentation by Greg Poleski, Vice-President of Greenway Network

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Bistro Restaurant is now closed on Tuesday, 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 5 p.m. 

Presentation is FREE and open to the public!

The Missouri River Water Trail is an excellent online reference for experienced and wanna-be paddlers on the Big Muddy. Published by the Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources, this online resource gives paddling tips, geographic references, access points and more. But what more can be done offline? The MR340 proves that a broader vision of the Missouri River as a regional as well as local transportation and adventure route is a very real possibility.

Lifetime paddler and conservationist Greg Poleski, who has been working on the Mississippi River Water Trail Association board and on St. Louis area water trails, sees that there is more work to be done to make this Missouri River Water Trail into a powerful resource in real life. From smaller local trips, to safety and guidance signage to the linking of existing trails, Poleski is looking for other like-minded paddlers to link up and take the Water Trail to the next level. Perhaps a more formal Missouri River Paddlers Association?

Join the conversation, dream up river trail to-do lists and help Greg bump our existing water trail resources into a national treasure.

Greg Poleski is a founding member of Greenway Network. He is the organizing host for the Big Muddy Speaker Series in St. Charles , the annual River Soundings symposium, the Pedal Paddle Series and the Confluence Conservation Crew. He is currently a board member of the Mississippi River Water Trail Association and is a guide for Big Muddy Adventures. He was awarded Missouri River Relief’s “2016 Missouri River Hero Award”.

Greg Poleski

Greg Poleski, co-founder of Greenway Network, was awarded the 2016 “Missouri River Hero” by Missouri River Relief.


  • 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

is hosted by these wonderful partners.

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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 monthly in Kansas City and St. Charles.

The Big Muddy Speaker Series is partially funded by the Mo. Dept. of Conservation.