Although it has no whitewater, the Missouri can still be dangerous. Unseen eddy currents, undertows, sandbars, snags and submerged branches are just some of the hazards to watercraft. Persons canoeing or kayaking the Wild & Scenic River should have prior experience in moving water and should always wear life jackets regardless of swimming ability.
What you need for a day trip:
Dry bag containing:
* required by SD, NE, and/or federal regulations
Life Jackets – Wear 'em!
Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are required for all occupants of any vessel and must be WORN by children under 13 per state laws and the Code of Federal Regulations (below). It is strongly recommended that ALL canoers wear them at all times on or around the water, regardless of swimming ability.
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS - TITLE 33--NAVIGATION AND NAVIGABLE WATERS
Subpart B_Personal Flotation Devices
Sec. 175.15 Personal flotation devices required.
Except as provided in Sec. 175.17 and 175.25:
[CGD 81-023, 55 FR 32034, Aug. 6, 1990, as amended by CGD 92-045, 58 FR 41608, Aug. 4, 1993; USCG-2000-8589, 67 FR 42493, June 24, 2002]
Last updated: September 17, 2020