Stockton State Park Water Trail – MO

We think of hiking and images come to mind include mountains, forested trails and open grasslands. Not often are they in the water. The Stockton State Park Water Trail encourages those kayaking and canoeing to experience the lake and shoreline on a one-way 6.5 mile adventure. The trail usually takes between 2 to 3 hours of steady paddling. Start the the morning and take a picnic lunch to enjoy on your water hike.

In addition, there is a Paddle Stockton the first Thursday of every month from April to October for those who want to a group setting. The program is free and open to the public. You need to only bring your equipment. PFD is required. For more information, contact the park office at 417-276-4259.

We put in next to the traditional boat ramp at the Stockton State Park Marina. It was in a location designed for small craft. We paddled by the sailboat docks, past the wake shield and around the bend to calm waters. We cruised by fisherman. They guys fished from their kayaks. CamperKev caught a large mouthed bass. DIYJamers and I relaxed and enjoyed the view and dragonflies playing around us.

I want to go back in the fall to experience how the landscape looks at that time. Perhaps mid to late September.

Gliding on the water,


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