Big Muddy Adventures (BMA) has expanded its operations to Simpson Lake in Valley Park, Missouri, allowing paddlers to rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) at the 72-acre lake, which is located in Simpson Park.

“Simpson Lake is an untapped yet integral part of St. Louis’ paddling scene. We’re excited to get the opportunity to help more people explore this natural beauty located right in the heart of St. Louis County,” said Roo Yawitz, owner of BMA.

This isn’t the first foray into the rental business for BMA. The company has been the exclusive rental operator at the Boathouse in Forest Park since 2018. In that time, Big Muddy Adventures at the Boathouse has replaced and updated the boat rental fleet, introduced bicycle rentals, and hosted numerous special events and instructional classes including SUP yoga, moonlight picnics, and float-in movies.

Big Muddy Adventures at Simpson Lake will initially offer boat rentals but plans to add bicycles, along with a full calendar of special events and instructional classes in the near future.

“Not only is Simpson Lake a great place to paddle a boat, but it’s also a great place to fish, picnic, and play. The park’s trail system and amenities, along with its proximity to the Meramec River and the Meramec River Greenway, provide plenty of opportunities for people to get outside and get active,” said Yawitz.

Big Muddy Adventures at Simpson Lake is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.