In partnership with the Alton Convention and Visitor Center, this is a fantastic “Great Rivers” day trip that runs 7 river miles from Paisa Creek to Alton Martina. After meeting at Alton Marina at 10am, we’ll take a quick ride on the Big Muddy shuttle up the river road to Piasa Creek. Once at our put in location, our expert guides will provide you with everything you need for the adventure and help you board one of our extraordinary voyageur canoes.
Remember, no paddling experience or special equipment is necessary, we’ve got you covered! Along our route, we’ll see some of the pristine and ever changing braided river islands unique to this stretch of the river, and we’ll choose our favorite to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch and an optional dip in the water. After lunch we’ll continue along a lovely bluff lined stretch of the river before passing in front of the historic town of Alton, Illinois, and finishing our paddle at the town’s Marina. You’ll arrive with plenty of time to to explore the town- take in a refreshment at the Old Bakery Beer Co, or explore the town’s famous antique shops. Or even check out the Great Rivers Museum at the town’s Lock, or the Riverlands Audubon Migratory Bird Center just across the bridge! This is truly a fantastic river day trip!
When does this trip run? - This trip runs the second Sunday of every month.
Who is this trip best for? - Everyone!! This day trip is great for big river first timers, history buffs, nature lovers, and anyone who wants to experience a little piece of this natural treasure right in our backyard. Provided you’re over 5 years old, all are welcome, no experience needed!
Where and when does this trip start and end? - This trip meets up at 10:00am at the Alton Marina and ends around 1:30pm at the same spot.
What is included in this trip? - All necessary safety and paddling gear- life jackets, paddles, canoes, Big Muddy Adventures guides, shuttling to our starting location, and lunch with most dietary restrictions accommodated.
What do I need to bring? - Personal gear- sun protection, bug spray, rain wear if necessary, water bottle, appropriate foot wear (sandals, no flip flops, or tennis shoes you don’t mind getting wet).
Can I bring my own boat or rent one from you? Yes! At checkout you can choose to bring your own boat, reserve a seat one of voyageur canoes or rent a private canoe or kayak from us.
How much does this trip cost? - $60 - $90