Preparing for the Big Canoe Float

July 13, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
A two-person Mad River Canoe sits on the sand at California Island during the Big Canoe Float on Saturday. At least 100 people showed up for the float. Not only did participants float 9.5 miles, they also were able to stop along the way and listen to presenters talk about the river's history and ecology. The California Island stop offered a history of African Americans in Missouri, and the opportunity to learn more about fish in the river, including a hands-on opportunity to learn about shovelnose Sturgeon.

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