River Rat Fun Float


Bring your canoe, kayak, water wings or other favorite non-motorized flotation device and race your way through Van Buren at this pre-festival event! This float is not so much a competition as a way kick off the Festival!  All proceeds benefit the MU Extension in Carter County and their local education programs.

Course Route:

The float will go from Watercress Spring boat ramp to Riverfront Park (approximately 1 mile).

Important Information:

Participants are responsible for their own flotation devices (e.g., canoe, kayak, tube) and for shuttling. Parking available at Riverfront Park.


The fee is $10 per person. Register early to guarantee a t-shirt! Please fill out the form below for each participant.

If you would like to register today, please fill out the form below or call the MU Extension office at 573-323-4418.

Payment can be mailed to MU Extension in Carter Couny, P.O. Box 459, Van Buren, MO 63965.  Please write “Fun Float” in the memo.

Float Day Check-In:

Check-in and Day-of registration for the fun float will take place at 7am on July 22nd under the pavilion at Watercress Spring. The float will begin at 8am.