A major keystone of the overhaul of the Hannibal riverfront is a brand-new marina for boaters who want to enjoy the Mississippi. Now’s the time to reserve a space for annual slip rental. Seasonal and monthly rentals are available starting April 1.

If you haven’t stopped by the revitalized Hannibal riverfront lately, you’re missing out. It’s been totally overhauled and all together beautified. The extensive two-year renovation was necessary because of infrastructure problems. The marina was relocated and docking locations provided for two large riverboats as well as the Mark Twain Riverboat and Canton Marine Towing. There is new fencing, lighting, sidewalks, a uniform rock wall and large green spaces for events.

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The Hannibal riverfront will now have an added feature, a handicap-accessible kayak launch.

“Kayaking has increasingly grown in popularity in Hannibal and around the country,” said Director of City Services Andy Dorian. “Having a designated kayak launch allows people to enter and exit the water more safely.”

Additional work for the next year at the riverfront includes installation of the marina gas dock, adding electricity to the marina, construction of the boat trailer parking lot, additional fencing, asphalt street overlays, planting of trees and many other projects.

To rent a marina slip, stop by Hannibal City Hall. If you’d like more information on the riverfront revitalization, go to the Hannibal Parks and Recreation website.

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