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.
- 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
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:
- Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race in Memphis
- BluzCruz Canoe and Kayak Race in Vicksburg
- Phatwater Kayak Challenge in Natchez