OUR HISTORY started in 2004, when brothers Larry and Bruce Jenkins decided to try to sell Buffalo canoes out of Larry’s RV sales and service store. Bruce’s wife Diane liked the idea so much she donated her 1968 Mercury Cougar to fund the endeavor. The proceeds from the sale of her beloved Cougar created the seed money for what the brothers thought would always be just a fun hobby.
In 2005, they fell in love with kayaks and believed others would too. They reached out to Perception and talked them into allowing them to become a dealer. They were a bit shocked when they actually said yes, so they immediately drove to Memphis to pick up their first 13 Perception kayaks before they changed their minds.
By 2008, the canoe and kayak sales had grown and allowed the brothers to leave the RV sales and service business behind and focus 100% of their efforts on the paddlesports business.
In 2012, OMTC opened up its second store just North in Ozark, Missouri. The store exceeded all expectations, and …
In 2014 they opened up their third store in Cotter, Arkansas. It's been a fun journey! We look forward to what the next few years will bring us.
OUR MISSION is to create a customer experience that cannot be matched by competing companies and results in not just “satisfied customers”, but “raving fans”.
The customer experience includes (1) the level of service and attention they receive from our staff, (2) offering the largest product selection they can't find anywhere else, (3) ensuring they select the best product to meet their needs, (4) offering that product at a fair price, and (5) standing behind everything we do. We have amazing customers and they deserve an amazing experience.
WE WANT YOU IN THE RIGHT BOAT AT THE RIGHT PRICE.
OUR INVENTORY at Ozark Mountain Trading Company is one of the largest inventories of canoes, kayaks, and paddling gear in the area. Everything you need to have fun on the water.
We carry only top quality brands including Dagger, Jackson, Hobie, Perception, Mad River, Wilderness Systems, Native, Perception Sport, We-no-nah*, Current Designs*, and Nucanoe as well as an assortment of used kayaks and canoes. We are committed to making sure you find the right kayak or canoe.
We also offer a full line of paddling gear including life jackets, paddles, kayak fishing gear, rack systems and trailers from top brands such as Yakima, Bending Branches, Harmony, MTI, Yakattack, Scotty, Ram,Sealine, Hobie, Bomber Gear, NRS, Stohlquist, Orion Coolers, Trailex kayak trailers, Polar Coolers, GCI Sitbacker canoe chairs, Adventure Technology paddles, MISSOURI Paddlers Guide, White Water Designs straps/foam blocks and Kijaro Chairs.
OUR WAY OF DOING THINGS is a little different than others. Our goal is for you to have such a great experience buying from OMTC that you will send your friends and continue to come back to see us.
If you are a first time buyer we will make you feel right at home and will take the time to make sure you are getting the right kayak or canoe for your needs and interests. Once we help you find the right boat, we can also help you get started with the right paddle, life jacket, and gear.
We can also help you drive off with your boat(s) with Yakima rack systems, kayak stackers, or trailers. Or the old fashioned, but still works just fine, method of straps and foam pads.
Trade in what you don't like for what you do. Have an old canoe or kayak that you'd like to replace? We are happy to quote you a price on any canoe or kayak that you'd like to trade in (in store only). We have customers looking for used canoes or kayaks.
Interested in a used canoe or kayak? Our used boat inventory changes daily. If you are interested in a used boat give us a call for information on what we have on hand.
By the Way...we love what we do! We got into this business because we love to float rivers, tour lakes and fish. We personally demo every new model that arrives so we can describe how it handles. It's all about having fun in and on the water. Let us help you get started.