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John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company leads a paddling trip on the Mississippi River

John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company leads a paddling trip on the Mississippi River

The Lower Mississippi River is the backbone of the world’s largest inland navigation system. While huge tow boats push grain, fuel and other commodities along the river day and night, non-motorized craft are becoming a more frequent site.

Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

“To serve the growing number of canoeists and kayakers, River Gator, Lower Mississippi River Water Trail was created.

The guide:

  • Provides a mile-by-mile description of safe paddling opportunities from Caruthersville, Missouri to Vicksburg, Mississippi (413 miles).
  • Was gathered by John Ruskey, operator of the Clarksdale, Mississippi-based Quapaw Canoe Company, with support from the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee and the Walton Family Foundation.
  • Will include additional river sections in the future.

Annual Paddling Races – Canoes & Kayaks

Mississippi River tributaries such as Steele Bayou near Vicksburg offer good paddling opportunities

Mississippi River tributaries such as Steele Bayou near Vicksburg offer good paddling opportunities

Beyond the new guide, groups of paddlers are sponsoring annual races in Memphis, Vicksburg and Natchez, among other places. These events attract hundreds of paddlers each year. For more information, visit these websites:

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