The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

SECTION MILE ACCESS CITY
Middle Mississippi & Bluegrass Hills / Bootheel 195-0, 954-850 ST. LOUIS TO CARUTHERSVILLE
Preamble
Introduction
St.Louis
St. Louis Gage (SLG)
Water Levels and Paddling Through St. Louis
Water Levels According to the St. Louis Gage
High Water Note
Water Levels and Dikes
Flood Stage Effects in St. Louis
The Great Flood of 1993
Historic Flood Crests
Low Water Records
Dredging Might Become Necessary SLG 5.0 to -7.0
The Upper Mississippi
200.6 RBD Mapple Island Access Ramp
200.7 LBD National Great Rivers Museum
200.7 LBD National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
200.5 - 197.5 RBD Maple Island
Paddling Downstream Along Maple Island
Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
200 - 195 LBD Alton/Wood River Industrial Reach
195.6 RBD The Great Confluence!
What Color is the Mississippi River?
The Lower Missouri River
195.6 RBD Ted Jones Confluence State Park
LBD Mile 0.5 Missouri River
195 LBD Mouth of Wood River (Cahokia Diversion Canal)
195 RBD Camp River Dubois
RDB Mile 3 Missouri River
Columbia Bottom State Conservation Area
Stopping at the Confluence
195.6 RBD Jones-Confluence State Park
LBD Mile 0.5 Missouri River
195.6 RBD Columbia Bottoms State Park
RBD Mile 0.5 Missouri River
195 - 194 RBD Duck Island
194.2 LBD Chains of Rock Canal (Entrance)
Canal: All Boats Enter Here
194 RBD Canoe & Kayak Access (Columbia Bottoms State Conservation Area)
195 - 184 Big Muddy Wild & Scenic Section
194 - 184 RBD Chouteau/Gabaret Island
190.7 Interestate 270 Highway Bridge
190.5 Highway 66 "Chain of Rocks" Bridge
190.4 Intake Towers
190.4 Intake Towers #1
190.4 Intake Towers #2
190.3 Chain of Rocks
Portaging (or Paddling) Over the Chain of Rocks
Portage the Chain in Low Water
Below 16 SLG: Portage LBD
Paddling the Chain in Medium Water
16 - 24 SLG: Stay Middle Channel
24 - 30 SLG: Open Channel
190.3 RBD Water Treatment Plant City of St. Louis
Water Towers
Grand ("Old White") Water Tower
The Bissell ("New Red") Water Tower
Compton Hill Water Tower
190 LBD Chain Sandbar (Low Water Only)
189 - 185 LBD Mosenthein Island
Circumnavigation of Mosenthein Island
188 LBD North Riverside Park Boat Access
187.8 LBD Big Muddy Adventures (Primitive Mud Ramp)
About Big Muddy Adventures
187.7 RBD Cementland Dock
Cementland: The Unfinished Adventure Land for Mischievous Adults
189 - 184 LBD Gabaret Island
183.4 RBD The Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing and Rest Area
184.1 LBD Chain of Rocks Canal (Bottom End)
Safe Paddling Through the St. Louis Harbor
Port of St. Louis
The Insider's Tour of St. Louis: On the River
Viewing the Great Arch from the River
183.2 Merchants Railroad Bridge
182.6 RBD Dignity Harbor
182.6 RBD Artica
182.6 RBD Bob Cassilly Sculpture/City Museum
182.5 McKinley Bridge
Fishing Between the Chain of Rocks & McKinley Bridge
182.5 Venice Power Plant, Venice, Illinois
181.2 Stan Musial Veteran's Memorial Bridge(I-70))
180.6 LBD Schoenberger Creek
St. Louis Riverfront (Mark River Reminisces)
180.2 - 179.2 RBD St. Louis Waterfront (Cobblestone Landing)
180.4 Union Electric Light and Power Company, Ashley Street Powerhouse
180.2 Martin Luther King Bridge
180.1 RBD LaClede's Landing
180 Eads Bridge
180 RBD "The Captain's Return"
179.9 LBD East St. Louis Landing
179.7 LBD Malcolm Martin Memorial Park
179.7 RBD The Great Arch
179.2 Poplar Street Bridge
Paddling Route Downstream of Arch
Running "The Gauntlet"
179 Douglas McArthur Bridge (Railroad)
178.8 RBD USS Inaugural
178.9 LBD Small Sandbar Below Rocky Point
178.4 LBD Small Sandbar Above Old Cahokia Power Plant
178.3 LBD Cahokia Power Plant
176.8 LBD Best Emergency Sandbar in St. Louis Harbor
176 RBD Anheuser Busch Brewery
176.8 LBD Cahokia Church of the Holy Family
176.9 RBD US Army Corps of Engineers Service Base Dock
176.9 RBD US Coast Guard (314) 269-2500
176 - 174 LBD Marquette Transportation Fleeting
175.5 - 173.5 LBD Arsenal Island
174.8 RBD Iron Worker's Cross/Diver's Legs Sculpture
174 LBD Cahokia Chute
174 RBD Bellerive Park
171.8 RBD River Des Peres
171 - 169 LBD Prairie Du Pont Low Water Sandbars
170.4 RBD Limestone Bluff Shelfs
American Bottom
168.6 Jefferson Barracks (JB) Bridge
Consider the Atchafalaya
St.Louis to Cairo
168 - 167 LBD Carroll Islands
168 RBD Bussen Quarries
166.7 RBD Cliff Cave County Park
166 RBD Fleeted Barges
166 - 165 RBD Wing Dams
166 LBD Luhr Bros., Inc.
164.5 LBD Pull Tight Landing Blue Hole
161 LBD Meramec Bar
163 RBD St. Mary's Convent
161.6 RBD Ameren Meramec
161 RBD Meramec River
The River of Ugly Fishes?
2 Miles Up Meramec River: Flamm City Access Ramp
St. Louis Circumnavigation
158.7 RBD Kimmswick
158.5 RBD Hoppie's Marine Service
158.5 - 157.2 RBD Dikes Below Hoppies
158 - 149 LBD Foster/Meissner Islands Dikes
156.5 RBD Sulphur Springs
156.3 LBD Fountain Creek
155.5 - 153.5 LBD Meissner Island Division Middle Mississippi NWR
151.8 RBD Herculaneum
Herculaneum Downstream: Mississippi River Hills
151.6 RBD Joachim Creek
149.8 RBD Plattin Rock Boat Club (Hugs Landing)
148.5 RBD Plattin Creek
148.2 LBD Calico Island
146.2 - 144.5 LBD Osborne Island
144 - 140.5 RBD Harlow Island Division Middle Miss NWR
140.5 RBD Saline Creek
140.5 RBD Truman Access Boat Ramp
139.5 - 136.5 LBD Salt Lake Island
154.3 - 132.3 LBD Fort Chartres Island
132.2 LBD Chartres Landing
132.2 LBD Fort De Chartres
133.7 RBD Top End of Establishment Island
132.5 - 129.6 RBD Establishment Chute/Schmidt's Island
128.7 RBD Lawrence Hollow/Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area
127 RBD Tower Rock Stone Company Quarry
125.6 RBD Ste. Genevieve and Modoc Ferry
125.6 LBD Consolidation Coal Company, Kellogg Dock
122.5 RBD Ste. Genevieve Harbor/Gabouri Creek
122.5 LBD Upper Moro Island/Back Channel
Moro Island
120.4 RBD New Bourbon Port Authority
117.8 - 115.8 RBD Beaver Island
117.4 LBD Kaskaskia River
117 LBD Ellis Grove Landing
116 - 111 LBD Opposite Cherokee Dikes
110.5 RBD Access to St. Mary's Boat Ramp Via Old River
Channel/Saline Creek
110.5 - 109.7 RBD Horse Island
Saline Creek
Switching to the Middle Mississippi Chester Gage (CHG)
Chester Gage (CHG)
Water Levels and Paddling Below Chester (To Cape Girardeau)
Chester Gage Water Levels and How They Affect the Town of Chester and Nearby Surroundings
109.9 Chester Bridge
109.5 LBD Chester Boat Ramp
Chester, Illinois
Chester Downstram
Middle Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge
106.5 LBD Mary's River
106.5 - 104 LBD Turkey Bluffs State Fish and Wildlife Area
105.5 - 103.8 RBD Crain's Island
102.5 - 101 LBD Rockwood Island
101 - 100 LBD Liberty Island
100 - 98 RBD Jones Point Island
98 -87 LBD Liberty Bar
97 - 95 LBD Jones Towhead
96 RBD Roman Landing
94.5 RBD Cinque L'Homme Creek
94.3 RBD Red Rock Landing Conservation Area
93 - 88.5 LBD Wilkinson Island Middle Miss NWR
90 RBD Seventy-Six Conservation Area and Boat Access
88.4 LBD Lacour's Island
88.3 RBD Star Landing
87.2 RBD Cumberland Rock
85 - 83 RBD Gill's Point Bar
84 - 83 LBD Fountain Bluff
82.8 LBD Fountain Bluff
81.3 LBD Wittenburg Boat Ramp
80.8 LBD Grand Tower - Devil's Bake Oven (Rock Cliff)
80.5 LBD Devil's Backbone Park & Campground
The River to river Trail (American Discovery Trail)
80 RBD Tower Rock
79.7 LBD Grand Tower Boat Ramp/Seawall
80.7 LBD Grand Tower, Illinois
79 - 76.5 LBD Grand Tower Island
79 - 77.5 RBD Cottonwood Bar
76.6 - 75.7 LBD Big Muddy Island
75.7 LBD Big Muddy River
75.3 RBD Apple Creek
74.5 RBD Hines Boat Ramp (Dysfunctional)
74 - 63 LBD Hanging Dog Island
73.9 - 71.6 LBD Crawford Towhead
71.6 RBD Hanging Dog Bluff
69 RBD Indian Creek
69 - 65.6 RBD Trail of Tears State Park
67.5 RBD Trail of Tears Overlook
Bald Knob Cross and the Bald Know Wilderness
66.6 RBD Mocassin Springs Harbor And Boat Ramp
66.6 RBD MIssissippi River Campground (Trail of Tears State Park)
66.3 RBD Mocassin Spring Creek
63 - 61 LBD Hamburg Landing Dikes
62.5 - 56.6 RBD Schenimann Chute
62 - 57 RBD Windy Bar Conservation Area
61 - 55 LBD Picayune Chute
62.8 - 54.6 LBD Devil's Island/Swift Sure Towhead
56 - 53.7 LBD Minton Point Bar
55.3 RBD Flora Creek
54.5 RBD Juden Creek
54.1 RBD Cape Rock
Middle Mississippi - Cape Girardeau Gage (CGG)
Water Levels and Paddling Below Cape Girardeau (To Cairo)
Cape Girardeau Gage Water Levels and How They Affect the Town of Cape Girardeau and Nearby Surroundings
52.7 Red Star Boat Ramp
52.2 LBD Cape Girardeau Flood Wall
Approaching the Ohio River
51.5 Cape Girardeau (Bill Emerson) Memorial Bridge
51 LBD Giboney Island
51 - 47 LBD Marquette Island
51 - 47 Cape Bend Chute (Marquette Island Back Channel)
48.8 RBD Castor River Diversion Channel
48 RBD Shoutheast Missouri Port Authority/Cape Girardeau
Slackwater Harbor
46.2 RBD Gray's Point
45.8 LBD Rock Island
45.5 LBD Clear Creek
46 - 40 Pawnee Hill/Thebes Dome
44 LBD Thebes, IL
43.8 Thebes Boat Ramp
43.7 Thebes Railroad Bridge
42 - 39 LBD Orchard Springs Island
42.0 RBD Uncle Joe Light
40.3 - 39.3 LBD Betsy's Bar
Comemrce Rock
39.7 RBD Commerce, MO
Entering the Bootheel
39 -35 LBD Burnham Island
39 -35 LBD Santa Fe Chute
37.7 35.7 LBD Jack Pattern Chute
34 RBD Goose Island BLue Hole/Old River/Horseshoe Lake
Horseshoe Lake Nature Preserve
34 - 33.3 RBD Billings Island
33 - 32.7 RBD Lower Billings Island
31 LBD Doolan Chute (Power Island Chute)
31 -29 LBD Bumbgard ISland
31 - 29 LBD Burnham Island Bend
29.8 RBD Price Landing
27 Hacker Towhead Levee Break
26.5 - 24.5 RBD Buffalo Island
25 LBD Brown's Chute (Top End)
25 - 21 LBD Brown's Bar/Dogtooth Island
21 - 20 LBD Dogtooth Bar
20.2 Thompson Boat Ramp
18 - 17 RBD Thompson Towhead
Approaching the Ohiao River Valley
16.8 LBD Scudder Bar
14.5 - 11.8 LBD Sister Chute
14.3 - 13.5 RBD Island No. 28
13.5 - 11.8 RBD Island No. 29
13.5 - 11.8 RBD Island No. 29
13 LBD Cache River Diversion Canal
10.2 - 7.7 LBD Boston Bar
10.2 - 7.7 BD Boston Chute
7.5 Interstate 57 Bridge
5 - 1.8 LBD Angelo Towhead
5 - 1.8 LBD Angelo Chute
1.3 Cairo Highway Bridge
Cairo, Illinois
Cairo Landings
Cairo Camping
0.8 LBD Fort Defiance
Continuing Downstream from Cairo
Cairo to Caruthersville
The Lower Mississippi and Ohio River Forecast
Lower Mississippi Mileage
Switching to the Cairo Gauge
Referring to the Cairo Gauge (CG)
Cairo Gauge
Dikes and Water Level According to the Cairo Gauge
Dike Exposure Using the Cairo Gauge
Effects on Cairo and Surrounding Towns in Regards to Cairo Gage
Cairo Gauge: Effects on Cairo and Sorrounding Communities
Historic Highs and Lows According to the Cairo Gage
954.5 Ohio/Middle Miss River Confluence
Start of the Lower Mississippi River
The Kentucky Hills (Loess Bluffs)
Greatest Dust Storm Ever
954 - 953 RBD Birds Point Dikes
953 - 952 LBD Wickliffe Reach
952.6 LBD Quaker Oats Light
952 RBD New Madrid Floodway Inflow Crevasse
952 RBD Bird's Blue Hole
952 LBD Wickliffe Boat Ramp
951 LBD Wickliffe Docks and Wharfing
951 LBD Wickliffe Cross (Jefferson Hill Memorial Cross)
951 LBD Wicliffe Bluff (1st Kentucky Bluff)
950.2 LBD Mayfield Boat Ramp
950 LBD Mayfield Creek
950 LBD Westvaco Pulp Mill Dock
949 RBD Norfolk Landing
949 - 946 LBD Island No. 1
Zadok Cramer: The Navigator
947.7 RBD Pritchard Boat Ramp
950.5 - 945.5 RBD Pritchard Revetment
944.5 LBD Island No. 1 Boat Ramp
943.6 LBD Carlisle County Boat Ramp
945 - 943 RBD O'Bryan Towhead/Pritchard Dikes
943 - 939 RBD Chute of Island No.2 (Lucas Bend)
942 - 939 LBD Campbell Dikes
938 - 937 LBD 2nd Kentucky Loess Bluff
Chain Across the Mississippi?
937.2 LBD Columbus-Belmont State Park
937 LBD Iron Bank Light
937 LBD Columbus Boat Ramp
936.9 LBD Ingram Drydock
Wild Miles Below Columbus
935 - 934 LBD South Colombus Island
934 LBD Chalk Cliff Bluffs (3rd Kentucky Loess Bluff)
934 - 933 RBD Sandy Bluffs Opposite Wolf Island Bar
935 - 930 LBD Wolf Island Bar
935 - 930 LBD Wolf Island Chute
First Order (Big) Islands on the Lower Mississippi River
930 - 927 RBD Moore Islands
930 - 928 LBD Williams Landing Bar
926.6 LBD Samuel Light Sand Dune
926 - 924 LBD Beckwith Bend Bar
924.6 RBD Dorena Boat Ramp
924 RBD Dorena Crevasse
922.6 RBD Hickman Ferry Landing
921.5 LBD Hickman Harbor
921.5 LBD 4th Kentucky Bluff: Hickman, Kentucky
The Wiggles
922 - 921 RBD Dorena Towhead
918 - 915 RBD Seven Island Conservation Area
917 - 916 RBD Island No. 7
Bald Eagles
916 - 911 RBD Island No. 8
917 - 916 RBD Big Oak Tree State Park
926 - 924 LBD Beckwith Bend Bar
915 RBD (Back Channel) Bend of Island No. 8 Boat Ramp
914 - 913 LBD French Point Gravel Bar
911.5 LBD Island No. 8 Chute Boat Ramp
910 907 LBD Milton Bell Bar
907 - 900 RBD Donaldson Point Dikes
905 - 887 Weclcome to Tennessee?
908 - 905 LBD Donaldson Point Conservation Area (And Also RBD 896 - 893)
Reelfoot Lake State Park
The New Madrid Earthquake
Amazing Natural Phenomena Result of the Earthquake
902 - 898 RBD Winchester Towhead/Island No. 10
902.5 - 897 RBD Winchester Chute
902 - 899 LBD Below Island No. 9 Dikes
899.1 LBD Slough Neck LAnding Boat Ramp
Slough Landing Neck (Bessie's Neck)
Bessie's Bend/Kentucky Bend
896.5 - 894.5 RBD Hotchkiss Bend Dikes and Bar
890.5 - 889.5 RBD Morrison Towhead
890.5 RBD Sleeping Giant Eddy
890 - 883 LBD Kentucky Point Bar
889.5 RBD St. John's Bayou
The St. John's Bayou/New Madrid Floodway Project
New Madrid
889 RBD New Madrid Boat Ramp
888.5 - 886.3 RBD New Madrid Bar
Losing Our Tents on the Bottom End of the Kentucky Point Bar
885 - 883.8 RBD New Madrid Industrial Reach
883 - 879 RBD Island No. 11
882.3 RBD Welcome to Tennessee
880.2 LBD Kentucky Bend Crossover Portage
879 LBD Tiptonville Chute
878 LBD Marr Towhead Secret Sandbar
878 - 875.5 LBD Matt Towhead
877.2 RBD Williams Point
876.5 RBD Linda Boat Ramp
874 - 867 RBD Stewart Towhead
873.7 LBD Bixby Towhead Light
872.2 LBD Tiptonville Boat Ramp
869 LBD Sheep's Ridge Break
868.9 LBD Sheep Ridge Secret Camp
867 -861 Little Cypress Bend
867 -861 RBD Bar of Island No. 13
Caruthersville Gage (CUG) Water Levels Caruthersville to Memphis
Dikes and Water Levels Caruthersville to Memphis
860 RBD Secret Bar Kennedy Point
860 - 855 RBD Kennedy Bar
859.3 - 867.5 LBD Lee Towhead Back Channel
856.2 LBD Fritz Landing Boat Ramp
855 - 852 RBD Robinson Bayou Bar
855 - 850 LBD Island No. 14
855 - 850 LBD Island No. 15/Little Prairie Bend
Options for Paddlers in the Caruthersville Stretch
Above Caruthersville
Below Caruthersville
850 RBD Caruthersville Harbor Boat Ramp (1/2 Mile Up Harbor)
849 RBD Mouth of the Caruthersville Harbor
848 RBD Trinity Barge Fabrication Plant
847 LBD Blaker Towhead
846.5 RBD Caruthersville
846 RBD Isle of Capri/Lady Luck Casino (Casino Inn & Suites)
Isle of Capri/Lady Luck Casino (Casino Inn & Suites)
Appendix
Chickasaw Bluffs 850 - 737 CARUTHERSVILLE TO MEMPHIS
Upper Delta 737 - 663 MEMPHIS TO HELENA
Middle Delta 663 - 537 HELENA TO GREENVILLE
Lower Delta 537 - 437 GREENVILLE TO VICKSBURG
Loess Bluffs 437 - 225 VICKSBURG TO BATON ROUGE
Atchafalaya River 159 - 0 SIMMESPORT TO MORGAN CITY
Louisiana Delta 229 - 10 BATON ROUGE TO VENICE
Birdsfoot Delta 10 - 0 VENICE TO GULF OF MEXICO