The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

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Janet Moreland is the first American and first woman to complete a full source to sea solo Missouri River expedition, kayaking 3,800 miles in 7.5 months, finishing at the Gulf of Mexico in December 2013. The Love Your Big Muddy Expedition was followed online and in news media by thousands of people. This unprecedented accomplishment culminated in Janet receiving Canoe and Kayak's prestigious Spirit of Adventure Award for 2014. Her primary goal was to inspire people, especially women, to step out of their comfort zones and confidently pursue their dreams.

She will be heading north to Lake Itasca, MN, the source of the Mississippi "Big Muddy" River, this May to begin a source-to-sea paddle as part of her "1Woman3GreatRivers" Project, paddling the three longest rivers in North America. We will be following her journey and use of the Rivergator along the way!

Click here to visit her website

Grey Beard

August 4, 2015. John Ruskey reports "We're paddling this week with Dale Sanders, who at 80 years old just passed the 2,000 mile mark below Lake Itasca towards becoming the oldest man to paddle the Mississippi." Read about him at Greybeard Adventurer. Dale writes about paddling with us in the early August entries in his blog. He's using the #rivergator as his guidebook as he paddles the Lower Mississippi. Quapaw Canoe Company is proud to sponsor the Graybeard Adventurer on his long paddle to the Gulf.

Mississippi River Photos

Maps of the Lower Mississippi River

Plan your river canoeing or kayaking adventure with detailed maps of the Lower Mississippi River? Our Maps page has links to maps of the river from St. Francis to Arkansas City, and the best camping along Lower Mississippi Water Trail.

For tips on how to use Google Maps for planning your trip refer to this excerpt from the River Log, Reading Google Maps...Unlike highways which don't change shape or position with the seasons, the islands of the Mississippi River and their back channels are dramatically affected by water levels. And so the paddler needs to remember that the shapes of low-lying landmarks like the sandbars and wetlands seen on Google Satellite Maps or Google Earth is probably not what they are like on any given day when you are out on the river. more...

Canoe and Kayak Safety

The Mississippi River presents many challenges for paddlers, but when properly approached by experienced paddlers with the right equipment it can be the amongst most rewarding paddling in North America. Rivergator has extensive information about canoe and kayak safety especially on the Mississippi River. Visit Safety under the Paddler's Guide and get prepared for your Mississippi River adventure.

Camping on the Mississippi River

The best camping on the Lower Mississippi River Water Trail is found within one mile perimeter of the locations listed on this Campsite Map. River campers, please be aware that actual sandbar size & shape very greatly with water level. In the River Log you can read detailed accounts of canoeing, kayaking, paddling and camping on the Lower Mississippi River. Select the area of the River where you'll be paddling or camping and there are descriptions to help you plan your paddling adventure.

Essential Links for Paddlers:
Middle/Lower Mississippi River

1) The Rivergator: Paddler's Guide to the Lower Mississippi River

6) Quapaw Canoe Company: Guiding & Outfitting on the Lower Mississippi River

7) St. Louis River Gage

8) Arkansas River Gage

9) The Rivergator encourages big river paddlers to practice Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace