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Crafted kayaks

Current inventory won't last

Current inventory won't last

Many days, you’ll find Bill standing in his driveway near Blue Eye, Missouri, opposite where State Highway JJ goes north of Missouri 86, making kayaks, canoes and small boats, whose beauty is apparent even to those driving by at highway speed.

His boats are “strip-built,” which means the hulls and decks are made of 1/8-inch thick strips of cedar, an inch or so in width, glued on their edges, and clamped over forms called molds. After the hull and decks are assembled, they are overlaid with fiberglass cloth impregnated Read the rest of this entry


It’s time to enjoy Ozarks creeks, legally

Many canoeists, like these, are ignorant of Missouri law, and couldn't care less.

Many canoeists, like these two, are ignorant of Missouri law and couldn't care less.

Much of the fun in the creeks of the Ozarks is good, clean fun. But it’s not always legal.

Figuring out what is a legal use or behavior with regard to creeks and streams isn’t always easy, because several different federal and state agencies administer a confusing and overlapping bunch of rules. And what folks think they know that just ain’t so would fill a lake.

I’ve added a permanent page here called “Missouri water law primer: streams”  which I hope will help. Please comment to let me know if you know of something that I might add or clarify. I’m also planning to  add other pieces relating to water wells and groundwater and lakes and boat docks.

My brother Emery Styron publishes, online and in print, a monthly newsmagazine, River Hills Traveler, and Guides and Outfitters, which is a statewide (for Missouri) directory of canoe outfitters, campgrounds, hunting and fishing guides, etc., with links to river and lake levels, and other useful and interesting information.

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