Osceola To Shelby Forest
RBD 785 Osceola Arkansas
If you stay main channel watch for anchored tows as you come around Plum Point. Two grain elevators are located within the Osceola Harbor, and a third one found two miles downstream next to a huge coal-fired power plant.
As described above, the only access to Osceola is from behind Island 30. If the water is high enough (above 25 CuG), you can enter from above Island 30, but if it is lower you will need to turn into the Osceola Harbor at the base of the Island RBD 785 and paddle back upstream a little over a mile to locate Jacksonville Landing. Another alternative is to continue on downstream two miles to the Sans Souci Landing near the Bunge Grain elevator and make your land connection there (see below for description). It’s a long walk back to town, but the landing is much easier to access than Neark Landing. As with all Mississippi River landings, safeguard your canoe or kayak by hiding it carefully along the bank, or leave someone in your party stationed as security.
RBD 783.5 Sans Souci Boat Ramp
Excellent Boat Ramp with ample parking on either side. Best ramp above Memphis. Perfect put-in for canoeing or kayaking the four Chickasaw Bluffs into Memphis (which sprawls over and behind the 4th bluff). Don’t leave vehicle overnight; arrange shuttle.
As you leave Sans Souci Landing headed downstream and paddle into the middle of the strong channel found there you will get your fist glimpse of the first of the Chickasaw Bluffs, the Fort Pillow Bluff, which doesn’t appear like nothing more than a line of trees slightly higher than the rest at this distance. Five miles downstream, however that line of trees will reveal one of the most incredible natural phenomenas along the Lower Mississippi... Keep reading below.
LBD 782 Driver Island
Small forested island with substantial bar at low water, ideal picnicking and camping around 20-25 CuG, goes completely under at flood stage. Noisy Power Plant Arkansas shore and upstream a mile.