Events & News


2019 Rocheport Merchant Events

2019 Rocheport events sponsored by the Rocheport Area Merchant’s Association:
February:  A Chocolate Affair
April: Daffodil Days
September:  Wine Stroll and Chrysanthemum Days
November:  Holiday Open House and Black Friday Wassail Walk
December: Shopping for Charity Event

Live Music at the Rocheport General Store

Year round
Friday and Saturday evenings
Approx. 7:30-10:30 pm

Enjoy live music from area artists on Friday and Saturday evenings  at the Rocheport General Store.  For more  information and their monthly live music schedule, visit their website.

Lyceum Theatre 2019 Season

June-September,  2019 and Special Christmas Performance
2 pm Matinee and 8 pm Evening Performances

The Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock has announced their lineup for the 2019 season.  The historic village of  Arrow Rock is an easy drive,  just 45 minutes west of Rocheport.
The  Lyceum Theatre has offered professional live theater in the heart of Missouri since 1961.  For the 2019 schedule and tickets,  please visit their website.


Rocheport named “Best Tiny Town” in Missouri

We’re proud to announce that Rocheport was just named “Best Tiny Town” in Missouri by Southern Living Magazine!

Read the full article here:  2018 Best Tiny Towns

Rocheport Missouri Best Tiny Town in Missouri by Southern Living

Rocheport Featured on Bike People TV

Bike People TV just released a video episode featuring the Katy Tail, Rocheport, School House B&B, Red Dog Forge and the Clydesdales’ Warm Springs Ranch in nearby Boonville. It’s about 25 minutes long, but well worth it, especially if you’re planning a Katy Trail trip to the Rocheport area.

Here’s the video link:

Rocheport featured in USA Today Katy Trail story

Rocheport was featured in a June 2016 USA Today article about the entire Katy Trail.

Read the full article here

Midwest Living Katy Trail article

The prettiest stretch of the trail passes near Rocheport.

Rocheport was recently featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Midwest Living magazine.  This story focused on the Katy Trail with related attractions and bed and breakfasts  in Central Missouri. Read the full article here


Rocheport Named ‘Best Mid-Missouri Small Town’

Rocheport is proud to be named “Best Mid-Missouri Small Town’ by Inside Columbia Magazine’s 2013 readers’ poll.

Best Of Columbia Rocheport Sign
Here’s the scoop:

Best Mid-Missouri Small Town
1825 was a really good year. That was when the little trading post of Rocheport established itself as a town, and started on the path to becoming Columbia’s favorite neighbor. There’s history everywhere in the charming little town. From the General Store to the amenity-laden bed and breakfasts to the restaurants that have everyone raving, Rocheport is worth the 20-minute drive and a Saturday afternoon. Just head west on I-70; you can’t miss it.

Les Bourgeois Winery Bistro Announces New Executive Chef

The Les Bourgeois Winery announces their new executive chef, Joshua Smith, as of February 1, 2013.  A native of St. Joseph MO, Chef Joshua has trained and practiced his culinary skills in New Orleans, Italy and Spain and most recently at Sycamore in Columbia MO.  See his full bio on the Les Bourgeois website.

Les Bourgeois Winery’s New Production Facility is Open!

Harvest is in full swing and more productive than ever thanks to the newest addition to the Les Bourgeois family, a 14,000 square foot production facility that will enable our winemakers to focus on higher quality products.

Check out the news story and video here:

How High Is the Water? … And Other Assorted Missouri River Questions

Rocheport businesses (all of them!) are open and keeping normal hours.  Even if we experience higher than normal river levels this summer, our B&B’s, shops, and restaurants are nearly all located well out of the way of high water so it will not affect your enjoyment of Rocheport.

 Occasionally, our close neighbor to the South, the Missouri River, becomes a force of nature and asserts itself by occupying a full measure of real estate along the ancient path to the Mississippi River at St. Louis.   This spring and summer, upper reaches of the Missouri River are at high flood levels due to heavy snowmelt in the Rocky Mountains and heavy rainfall in the immense Missouri River basin.  High water levels on the upper Missouri River do not necessarily translate to high water levels at Rocheport.  The river and valley are much wider here than in the north and much water can pass by us without causing flood levels locally.

Presently, our water level is 21.5 feet at the Boonville gauge.  Because Rocheport doesn’t have its own river gauge, we use the closest gauge for reference and it is located just upstream in Boonville.  21 feet at Boonville is officially defined as the beginning of “Flood Stage.”  In Rocheport, no one notices or cares when the river reaches 21 feet.  No Rocheport property, businesses, citizens, or visitors are affected at this water level.

Water levels must rise to about 27 feet before first effects are noticed.  At 27 feet, the Katy Trail State Park surface in low spots located about two miles west and eight miles east of Rocheport first go under water.  Locals and savvy trail users usually ride slowly or walk bikes through the short distance required when water is up to about six inches deep on the Katy Trail.  Rocheport tends to attract more Katy Trail traffic at times of high water because cyclists can ride out along the banks and safely observe the awesome power of the Mighty Missouri from a few feet away.  The Katy Trail near Rocheport is generally regarded as the most beautiful section of the entire 238 mile trail and high river water is an added bonus.

 River water will first cover the Katy Trail at the lowest spot inside Rocheport City Limits at about 31 feet.  Even this level of water will not impair your ability to access the Trail and safely cycle out under the bluffs and enjoy views of the River.

Rocheport is not protected by any levee.  This means there are no levees to break or be topped by rising water.  Therefore, very few Rocheport buildings are located in harm’s way even if water levels reach extremely high levels.

To access current Missouri River level information and predictions go to the U.S. Geological Survey website Missouri River Levels at Boonville.  This is a wonderful website which we keep on “favorites” so objective information can be imparted when inquiries are made.

Rocheport Katy Trail Bridge Construction Begins

Liftoff of Main Span Katy Trail Bridge at Rocheport
Liftoff of Katy Trail Bridge Span at Rocheport Tunnel

UPDATE:  As of May 25th, the new bridge is complete!  Cyclists can once again enjoy trips in both directions from Rocheport!

A seventy ton steel span of the Katy Trail State Park Bridge at Rocheport, Missouri was lifted off on Saturday, March 5, 2011.  This was done in preparation for a complete rebuilding of the railroad bridge over Moniteau Creek at the Katy Trail Tunnel.  The tunnel was built by men and mules in the 1890’s and was the only railroad tunnel built on the Katy Railroad in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.  Builders say the new bridge will be open for visitor traffic in  May, 2011.

Abigail’s Restaurant in the News

Rocheport’s own Abigail’s restaurant was featured in the March 2011 edition of Rural Missouri magazine.  For the full story, click here and select page 12.