Missouri River and Katy Trail Update

Fortunately, the School House properties and the town of Rocheport are ‘high and dry’ and all Rocheport businesses are open their regular hours so come enjoy our restaurants, shops and winery.  Now is the time to get a great overhead view of “Big Muddy” (and understand how it got this nickname!) from the blufftop winery locations or get up close and personal with a view from the Katy Trail just east of Rocheport.

The only thing in Rocheport that can be temporarily affected by Missouri River water levels is a 3 mile section of the Katy Trail starting just west of the Rocheport tunnel where the Diana Bend Wetlands Conservation area lives up to its name and oozes water over the trail when the Missouri River level reaches 26.1 feet as measured by the ‘Boonville Gauge‘. When the trail closure happens, there is a highway detour (about 4 miles) available using US Highway 40 and the 240 Spur leading in/out of Rocheport.

As of Friday, April 5th, this 3-mile section of the trail is OPEN and River levels are dropping well below the trail flood level that affects our westbound cyclists.

Missouri River water levels are a moving target, dependent on many factors, so here are the best resources for tracking how it affects the Katy Trail in our area:

Katy Trail Potential Flood Locations

Katy Trail Flooding and Closure Advisory

Missouri River Level Projections at Boonville Gauge

You should check these resources frequently as they are updated as projections change.  These are the same resources we use to anticipate whether the trail is affected in our area.

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