The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

Rivergator Appendix IX

Mr. & Mrs. ‘Sippi

In 2009 I built a raft for a group of 10 Germans who wanted to raft the Mississippi River in the spirit of Huck and Jim, and they wanted to film t for a “documentary” to be called Mr. & Mrs. ‘Sippi.   We put in at Piasa Creek (which is tucked into the Illinois Bluffs between Alton and Grafton), paddled through the Mel Price Lock & Dam and then past the Missouri River Confluence, the heart of America, and thankfully entered the free flowing waters of the Middle Mississippi. From there it was all downstream to the Gulf of Mexico. Here below is the excerpted section from St. Louis to Caruthersville.


Tuesday, July 7, Duck Island, Missouri River Confluence

The big muddy charging into the Mighty Mississippi. The Upper Mississippi from Piasa Creek, the maiden voyage of the raft, feeling its way tenderly into the big waters of America, wanbli Bald Eagle, flew off at dawn from Duck Island. I am suddenly thrown back to 1982, the last time I was on this section of river, on a raft under the bluffs of Illinois. Sean Rowe and I paddling the Mississippi on a home-made 12×24 foot raft, my shedwater Mississippi River experience. How far advanced this raft is compared to that one we built then out of found materials, scrap lumber & discarded oil drums. How ignorant was I then. And yet we made the journey, and the river is still allowing me life, liberty & the pursuit of further explorations! Regardless of how fancy your raft is, there are still the same dangers and the same hard work necessary to get through. Midnight madness full moon Mike & Tom & a bottle of whiskey.


Wednesday, July 8, Mosenthein Island, Mile 187

Big Muddy “Wanbli” Mike expertly guided us into a secluded series of alternating muddy & sandy shelves in the back channel of Mosenthein Island after a stormy run through & over the right central tongue at the Chain of Rocks, the river 17.91 @ St. Louis, the Missouri mad & muddy, and the Mississippi a little less so. Scott Mandrell made a run back to Piasa Creek to retrieve the anchor from John Cooper’s Angela’s Ark, which we had forgotten at pushoff. God Bless you Scott! What a useful addition that anchor turned out to be! We finished an agonizingly long film “shoot” at the canoe & kayak access at the base of Duck Island (Columbia Bottoms) and were finally underway at 3pm, a few swims along the way, some small isolated cumulus clouds growing & diffracting the light in yellows, whites, blues & blacks, the rounded bluffs upon which St. Louis sits & separates our southerly passage on the Mississippi from the approaching waters of the Big Muddy bouncing along in leafy elaborations, tenderly guiding the raft over the bosom of the meeting place of the great waters.


The clouds continued to congregate over North St. Louis like thugs in the alley, no horizontal motion but vertically rising & growing with alarming proportions as we approach I-270 and the roaring beyond, then soon rain drops, and then some full-out shimmering downpours dimpling the muddy waters in a dazzling mesmerizing display. Seth was shoved out of his position by eager Germans laying all over the prow of the raft suddenly energized by the storms. Just under the I-270 bridge and making our final approach to the 66 bridge and “what roars behind” when straight line gusting winds & rains hit us from the western bluffs and we are forced to retreat and hastily take shelter under one of the monumental Interstate Highway abutments where everyone huddles shivering & excited Voelker repeatedly jumping in-and-out with his submersible Lumix camera and grinning madly, my VHF marine radio crackling alternately German & English, Scott & Lutz can be seen high above but as small as fleas on the route 66 roadway Scott screaming “Run! Run! Run for cover!” and off they dash down the Western side of the bridge for protection while we are left in the exposed in the middle of the maelstrom — The wind thrashing us about as we hang on in our strange harbor. Only the river remains silent – & also warm. Those who don’t have proper clothing are huddled below the raft in the river. Patricia is shivering, and Sabine, Seth offers his rain jacket like a gentleman. Marcus looks like a wet puppy. We were saved from who knows what helpless descent by the chance location of this pylon and a shallow shelf of sand underneath. If there was any doubt before of the river’s benevolence it was here dashed.


Mike oversees a crazy canoe crawl returning up the back channel at sunset to retrieve the last two members of the film crew, poor Tom & Jadwiga, the ground crew, who missed out on all of the fun of the day! Popeye the Canoe Man is with Mike. In my 4-man canoe is Darius “Dare Devil,” one the newest Mighty Quapaws. Like his name indicates, he has no fear. But his parents do: in the past they have denied him participation in our adventures due to the notorious history of the hungry Mississippi River. As we were rounding one point a full-grown (but still immature) bald eagle jumped off an overhanging branch and heavily clopped its way in front of us over the top of the island in the last light of the day. Darius started and then yelled, “John! What was that!”


Hee-hee-hee! That one experience made this whole mad dash worth it!


It required a full 3 hours of hard paddling, mostly by the light of the moon, to scoop Tom & Jadwiga up at the completely mudded-over Riverside Park Landing and then return around the base of the island, Tom paddling like a mad-man – now I see where the name “Monsta” Movies comes from! He is a monster paddler if nothing else. Producer of this production & Co-owner of the film company, Tom plays canoe-polo back home, and his skillful & tough handling of the canoe from the prow demonstrated this “prowess!”


Later that night, after we were safe at camp and had eaten supper and were drinking around the fire, Lutz approached and hugged me and thanked me for saving his wife. I was confused. I thought he said “life.” I wasn’t sure if he was joking or not, but then later realized what he had said. But it wasn’t I who saved his blue-eyed beauty Sabine (also camera-woman for the production) it was the river.


Thursday, July 9, Palmer Creek Island, Mile 168 

The back channel barely open over a rip-rap dike cap, a beautiful camp of sand flung onto a bluff below the first wing dam, a wild place created during high water, full of big logs, sculpted big-scale driftwood, and a selection of river-scoured topography, flats, bluffs, ridges, and a frog pond created behind the highest bluff – where 10 Germans set up 11 tents (one tent just for cameras – by order of chief camera woman Sabine) – and Mike proclaimed “New Berlin!” Well, we crossed off three more items on our list of the 5 most difficult obstacles yesterday. 1) Chain of Rocks, 2) entering St. Louis, 3) Coast Guard Inspection, 4) Exiting the St. Louis Harbor. 4 out of 5 in two days! Just in case we start getting smug with ourselves, our nights still had another nightmare to contemplate – the riverman’s worst nightmare: our single most difficult challenge is one we won’t see until the very final days of the expedition – and is actually the longest & most dangerous – the combined (and also contiguous harbors of Baton Rouge & New Orleans).


St. Louis was bad enough. Could it get worse? Well, yes and no. It felt like we were caught in a pinball machine – us the pinball, the harbor tugs the flippers, the long lines of fleeted barges the pinball banking walls – The St. Louis Harbor downstream of the Arch – a 15 mile long industrial park land laid out along the main channel of the river, perhaps the most concentrated & busy section of inland waterway anywhere in America? – not busier than New Orleans, by any means, but a lot narrower – someone made a paranoia phone call and we were escorted into the city by a squadron of St. Louis finest. Lights & sirens and all. I thought something big was going on in this industrial wasteland, then I realized with a falling heart that it was us. We were the focus of their attention. Dear lord, river Gods, why can’t we just paddle and be allowed to pass on peacefully? Can things get any more difficult? One guy chased us to the end of a rocky jetty along some warehouses and then screeched to a halt and jumped out of his patrol car blue lights flashing and hollered out for us over his bullhorn “stop!” And then “Pull Over!” We had a clear and unobstructed view of the river shore line here, all tall trees long ago cut and floated away. It was almost like watching a movie. I wanted to laugh, and then I realized we were actually making a movie. Strange, to be in a movie and to be experiencing a scene as it unrolled itself. It was the most comical thing I think I have ever seen on the river. It easy to laugh now, but I wasn’t laughing then – as we tensely maneuvered our still virgin raft through the throes of industrial wasteland with our charge of Germans. No one else was laughing either. Mike looked like he could eat steel and spit out bullets so angry was he as he paddled one of the Northshores alongside and then cut into shore to try to calm the guy down. Thank you Mike Clark! His father is a distinguished veteran of the Chicago Police, he knows how to talk to these guys and not be intimidated. Silly police. Did they want to cause us a wreck, trying to come to shore in such a cluttered place? There could be capsize and loss of life if we tried to obey those orders. Strong current pushing through parked barges. I didn’t budge one degree of rudder angle. None of the Mighty Quapaws even flinched hearing those irrational screams, but tersely kept the tiller pointed downstream and the oars kept chopping away in rough rhythm as we floated on down underneath the railroad bridge, and then the McKinley Bridge, the Eads Bridge now in full view, our safe refuge, the Eads Bridge never looked so beautiful! Our home base! If any place is home along this jumbled waterfront its here below the oldest bridge on the Mississippi River, built by a guy who just might have been crazier than us!


So we floated on and made a landing on a small spit of sand that had been formed in the last river’s rise just below the tall arches of the Eads Bridge abutments. The cop cars appeared, no longer running lights, and parked above us along the riverside drive below the arch, and sat. And watched. It was kind of eerie. No one came out and asked questions. I tried to remain as calm as possible. The Germans seemed unfazed, but I noticed that all cameras had been put away. A Rescue boat with the St. Louis Fire Department arrived and told us that someone had called 911 and reported us. Wanbli Mike jumped to attention and with great animation explained our mission. They eventually powered off, I’m not sure if they were enlightened or more confused by Mike’s display. The US Coast Guard eventually appeared. Finally someone who would understand! We were inspected and questioned by 2 different groups of inspectors, and asked for nautical things that made good sense like “What is your freeboard” and “What is your capacity?” and “How many will be on board?” and “Will you run at night time?” And then we were asked to physically verify that we had enough life jackets, and 1 st aid kits, bailers, running lights (just in case), VHF Marine Radios, and etc, all done very courteously and politely with questions thrown in about who we were and where we had come from and what the Germans were doing, and all that, and then Capt. Bill _____ who has been on the St. Louis waterfront for over 18 years was called, and he layered on several more floods and high waters of fresh questioning. There was a lot of talk back & forth. It seemed like this could go either way. I was getting a little nervous. What would we do if they told us we couldn’t continue? Finally something clicked and someone at the other end of the line far off somewhere in some office finally was satisfied that we had met all demands, and the barrier was lifted, permission granted. But wait! Photos! Yes, we had met all demands, but then we were further detained as digital cameras were produced and photos made for documentation. Finally, finally we could reboard, the Quapaws laden with sub sandwiches and the film crew setting the stage for a St. Louis departure, literally, the raft became a floating stage as we pushed off from the Arch, the glistening stainless steel curving high overhead as Patricia & Volker talked into the camera, 4 men at oars, me at the tiller, 2 each in the Northshores, I was elated, we received the official stamp of affirmation from the St. Louis sector of the US Coast Guard, the toughest marine test we could be subjected to. So many rafts & other home-made contraptions they have turned away at this point. Capt. Bill said they have halted more rafts than allowed. He also said that this was the best designed & constructed raft that he has seen in his 18 years in St. Louis.


Of course, this didn’t mean we were bullet-proof. Mike and Seth and I shared a few high fives and congratulations, and then it was time to snap back into attention. After leaving the Arch we entered the main channel and entered the busy, busy St. Louis Harbor, a fifteen mile run through a constricted stream of fleeted barges, big towboats, and dozens of small towboats making bigger tows. We ran the gauntlet through the afternoon and made landing on the high blown dune of sand bank left below the JB Bridge at the head of Palmer Creek Island.


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Middle Mississippi & Bluegrass Hills / Bootheel 195-0, 954-850 ST. LOUIS TO CARUTHERSVILLE
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)
Chickasaw Bluffs 850 – 737 CARUTHERSVILLE TO MEMPHIS
Upper Delta 737 – 663 MEMPHIS TO HELENA
Middle Delta 663 – 537 HELENA TO GREENVILLE
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