All of our guides are ready to take you out on these great rivers. We care deeply about the history and the waters of this great city and would love to share them both with you or your group.
We constantly monitor river conditions and maintian the highest possible standard of safety and care.
"Big Muddy" Mike
“Big Muddy” Mike Clark is the founder Big Muddy Adventures. He is one of the most accomplished canoeists and guides in America, logging in close to 20,000 miles of big river paddling experience. In 2001, Mike completed his first of many long paddling expeditions, a source to sea descent of the Mississippi River. He founded BMA the following year as an adventure learning company, and with the help of his great friend John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company. Today, Mike is the Senior Guide at BMA. He leads many of BMA’s multi day trips and kids trips. And he wears the apron on some of BMA’s Full Moon “Home Cooking” trips.
Janet Moreland has been guiding part-time with Big Muddy Adventures for approximately four years. Moreland is the first American and first woman to complete a full source-to-sea solo Missouri-Mississippi River expedition, finishing at the Gulf of Mexico in December 2013. In 2016 and 2017 Moreland, a 7th grade Science teacher, completed solo source-to-sea kayak expeditions of the Mississippi and Yukon Rivers, with the hope of connecting people, especially children, to the natural environment and to our continent’s great rivers and the cultures that surround them.
"I found love for rivers and mountains at a young age, and have tried to experience them all over the world. Saint Louis is my home town, and finding a place with Big Muddy Adventures has been a great pleasure. Helping BMA introduce people to paddling has become a highlight in my guiding career, and I'm excited to continue exploring these mighty rivers!"
"'Adventure Aaron” Carotta joined up with BMA after his recent solo expedition from the headwaters of the Missouri to the Atlantic Ocean, a 233 days, 5,000 plus mile paddle. Aaron enjoys long walks on the disappearing sandbars, quiet swims in the magical blue holes, and indulging in full moon paddle parties, especially ones with an Italian flair and vino. When he is not paddling you can find him generally looking for other paddle adventures throughout the globe, paying it forward with other long distant paddlers, or simply camping alone, somewhere along the river.
Anne is a community organizer, urban planner and spirited explorer of urban and natural environments.
Natalie is passionate about educating and inviting others to experience the outdoors. With more than 15 countries and most of the states under her belt, she's always eager to visit new places and bring home stories to share around the campfire. By day, she fixes broken electronics for some fruit company. By night, she canoes, kayaks, climbs, and hikes as much as possible. Natalie is well known for her incredible demonstration of strength in completing the cinnamon challenge in 2015 and she was Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006.
The General Manager of Big Muddy Adventures, Roo runs the "back office" of the operation. After 2 long canoe trips to Quetico Provincial Park in Canada in the early 2000s he was hooked on paddling. Born and raised in St. Louis, he has been happy to get out on our Great Rivers with Big Muddy Adventures and to help other people experience them. When he's not on the river he can be found mountain biking, trail running, eating sammies at The Gramophone or chasing his 3 kids around town.
"What happens when a tadpole-rescuing, trash bashin’, long-winded-fish-story-telling, hyperactive, wild child jumps in a canoe on the Mighty Mississippi?--The rest is history! Not long after Tanner first hopped aboard Junebug I, he took a canoe down the Mississippi to the Gulf with some stellar long-distance paddlers he joined in Memphis. Now, you may find him washing mud off boats at Kanu House, hunting for tires and Styrofoam in driftwood piles, or steering a 30-foot canoe!"