The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail


From Minneapolis on to the Gulf, tows are a fact of life on the river. A tow is an array of cargo barges lashed together with cables and pushed by a specialized ship called a towboat (aka tugboat or pushboat):


Between Minneapolis and St. Louis, where they must transit locks, tow arrays get no larger than 3 barges wide by 5 barges long (3 x 5). On the lower river, we passed tows that were 6 x 7 arrays. Since a barge is commonly 35 feet wide by 195 feet long, a 6 x 7 tow is 210 feet wide and almost 1400 feet long, not including the towboat. A typical fully loaded barge displaces 1500 tons, thus a 6 x 7 tow displaces 63,000 tons, which is greater than the WW2 battleship Missouri. These things are big and you and your tiny boat share the river with them. Anybody paddling the river should read John McPhee’s Uncommon Carriers to get a better understanding of the tows and how they work.


Tows are intimidating but actually not too difficult to live with. First, they are slow; 11 mph is about the maximum speed traveling downriver and they are a lot slower going up. Second, at normal water levels, tows stay in the channel. Tow movements are generally extremely predictable as it takes a long time to make a turn; they don’t dart around on the river. If you carry a marine radio, you can listen in on the pilot’s conversations. When one tow needs to pass another, either in opposite directions or in the same direction, much discussion ensues about who passes whom where and how. Often a tow will slow down or stop to let a faster one pass, as there are limited places on the river where passing is even possible. If you have a radio, you can even inform the tows that you are in the area. Use channel 13 and know your position before you go on the air.


Sharing the river with tows requires you to be aware of a few things. Most importantly, don’t get in their way, and don’t paddle in conditions where you might capsize in the navigation channel. Capsizing near a tow is well described in this report. Tows cannot maneuver or stop quickly and if you are too close to them, the pilot probably cannot see you. If they run you over, they may not even be aware of it. Cross the river in places with long views both upstream and downstream to ensure that there are no tows approaching. If you behave appropriately, you will not get run over.


Tows create wakes as they pass. The first wake comes off the front corners of the leading barges and is usually not very big or turbulent. There will then be a hiatus before the wake from the screws of the towboat arrives. These wakes can be large and very turbulent, particularly from tows going upriver where they have to push against the current. Keep in mind that a large towboat has three screws and 11,000 horsepower turning them. Finally, the wakes and turbulence will reflect off of the riverbanks and create random chop, particularly where the banks are steep and have been armored with rocks by the Army Corps of Engineers.


We found two things that helped a lot in dealing with wakes. First, it is best to pass tows on the inside of a bend in the river. The inside of a bend is likely to be shallower, less steep, much less likely to be armored, and the current is slower. The tows will be close to the outside of a bend as that is where the channel will be. On the inside bend you will be further away, the screw wake will be directed away from you, not toward you, and there will be much less reflective turbulence. This strategy requires crossing and re-crossing the river as it snakes its way south, but we found it made life much easier when passing tows.


If you can’t get away from a closely passing tow, you can find shelter by paddling into a shoreline eddy, the larger the better. The eddy line, the point in the river where upstream and downstream currents pass each other, will absorb almost all the wake turbulence from a passing tow. If you are in the eddy, you will experience very little to no turbulence. Fortunately, eddies are common features along the riverbank, so if you see a tow coming and you are on the outside bend, you will usually be able to find one prior to the arrival of tow’s wake. Sometimes, however, we were exposed directly to tow wakes at relatively close range and were always able to ride them out without issue. So, pay attention, stay out of their way, respect them, and you shouldn’t have any problems with tows.


The turbulence caused by a single distant tow was rarely substantial. However, because tows can only pass each other in certain sections of the river, they often wait for periods so they are in the right place relative to the other tows, and they may stack up. We would often go for a couple hours seeing no tows, and then have five or six tows pass in an hour. Our most congested area had nine tows in 90 minutes. When there are tows holding position while a string of oncoming tows passes, the combination of all their wakes bouncing off the riverbank can get fairly intense.


There are also smaller towboats operating around docks. These are used to construct tows and move individual barges from here to there. Their movements are less predictable than the large tows, but the pilots have reasonably good visibility of the river. On several occasions, the pilots obviously saw us coming and waited for us the clear the area before proceeding with their duties.


Between Minneapolis and St. Louis, the Army Corps of Engineers has constructed 29 sets of locks and dams. The most northerly lock, Upper St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, is scheduled to be decommissioned in the spring of 2015. Operations hours of the Lower St. Anthony Lock may be reduced as well. As of this writing, the portage options are unclear and are still be discussed by various interest groups. The Mississippi River Paddlers Facebook group should be a good source of current information. The Corps closes the Upper and Lower St. Anthony Falls and Lock 1 during period of high flows. This requires finding alternative means for getting around several miles of river. Currently there is no designated portage route from St. Anthony Falls to below Lock 1; however, there is a local portage service operated by the Paddle Taxi.


You must either transit a lock or portage around it. At many locks, portaging would be difficult or impossible as there is frequently no place near the lock to take out or put in and the lock complexes can be more than ½ mile long. By studying maps and satellite images, it might be possible to plan to portage (some, many, all?) locks by using side channels. If you try to plan this, remember that both maps and satellite images may not match the water level when you are at the lock, so what may look possible on paper may be difficult or impossible in reality. For example, a spillway may be a viable portage at low water, but be a dangerous place at high water. The vast majority of paddlers use the locks. There are three exceptions described at the end of this section.


The locks were constructed because the Army Corps of Engineers built dams to maintain enough water depth for shipping and still have to allow for boats to transit the dams. The neat thing about the locks is since they were constructed with public money, use of them is free, and available to any type of craft using the river. Kayaks and canoes have the same rights to passage as tows and private powerboats. There is a pecking order and commercial traffic has priority over recreational traffic, which sometimes can mean a long wait to use a lock. It can take a tow between one and two hours to transit a lock, so if one arrives just before you do, you are in for a long delay. On our trip we had mostly good fortune with the locks and only had to wait for more than half an hour on a few occasions, while we had many “drive-thru” transits with no wait at all.


To use a lock, you paddle up to the end of the “long wall”, which is a concrete structure extending many hundreds of feet out from the lock gates, and pull a marked cord announcing your desire to make a transit. With luck, the lock staff will be able to see you and come out and let you know what the situation is. A far better solution is to carry a marine radio (use channel 14, except for Lock Mel Price, Lock 26, that uses 12) and contact the lock when you are 10 to 15 minutes out. “Lock XX, this is downbound canoe. We are 15 minutes out from the long wall and request passage. What is the current status for a transit?” The lock-master will respond and let you know whether there is a wait or not, how long the wait might be, or if you are lucky will say: “Downbound canoe, this is Lock XX, we’ll have it ready for you when you get here.”


After approaching the lock, you find a place to hang out near the end of the long wall where you can see the signal light. Depending on the winds, this may not be as simple as it sounds. When the lock is ready to receive you, the light will turn green. You paddle in through the open upstream gates and usually a lock staff member will direct you to a particular point they want you to be and drop you a line to hold onto. There may be other recreational craft in the lock with you, but you will not share it with tows. After everyone is stable, the upstream gates are closed, the water level is slowly lowered to match that of the downstream river, and the downstream gates are then opened. When the lockmaster is satisfied that all is well, he will sound a loud horn signaling that it is now safe to let go of the line and paddle out. Do so and get out of the way of the downstream lock entrance as quickly as possible.


Do not tie off on the line or you may be dumped out of your boat and it will be left dangling as the water drops. Although in some locks the water level only changes by a foot or so, in others the drop is as much as fifty feet. If a tow is exiting a lock as you arrive, do not approach the long wall until the tow is completely clear of it. The tow can generate massive waves in the narrow confines near the long wall that could easily swamp your boat.


We found the lock staffs, civilian employees of the Army Corps of Engineers, to generally be very friendly, interested in our journey and helpful. On three occasions staff members actually used their own vehicles to portage us around locks that had long delays due to the presence of tows. They helped us get our canoe out of the water, transported us to an appropriate put in, and helped us get back on the water. Nice people.


There are three locks where there are easy options to transiting the main lock. At Lock 14, there is, on river right, a back channel through a marina which leads to a small auxiliary lock. Since the auxiliary lock only transits small craft, you will not be delayed by tows. It is worth using this option. At Lock 15, there is a back channel on river left that goes around Rock Island. Once in the channel, you will pass smaller Sylvan Island and soon see a dam. There is an easy and short portage river left before you reach the dam: climb up a short set of rocky steps and follow a marked trail around the dam. After the portage, a short paddle brings you back to the main river downstream from Lock 15. Given how much river traffic there is in this area, we chose to take the portage route rather than risk a long delay.


Finally, at Lock 27, the last on the river, there is a better way downriver than transiting the lock. The difficulty at Lock 27 is that to approach it, you must first paddle an 8-mile long rock-lined man-made channel. There is no shelter here from tows, which will be very close to you due to the narrow width of the channel. If you stay in the river instead, there is single obstacle: the Chain of Rocks. This is a partially natural and partially man made rocky barrier that stretches across the entire river. At normal water levels we have been told it is runnable by those who know the route, but should NOT be attempted by those who don’t. There is, however, on river left, a very easy and very short portage around this barrier. We choose to go this way and as the river was running high when we were there, the Chain was submerged and we just paddled over it without incident. Even if you must portage, we believe that you are much better off doing so than transiting Lock 27.


We generally enjoyed using the locks. It added variety to the trip, frequently being the only boat in these huge structures was really cool, the staffs were great, and it felt like we were really taking part in the way the river works.



South of Minneapolis, the main channel is marked with buoys. Looking downstream, the river right side of the channel is marked with green flat-topped buoys called “cans” and the river left side of the channel is marked with red conical topped buoys called “nuns”. These can be very useful because the tows are going to stay in the channel and the buoys identify it.


However, when the river floods, as it did during our trip, it uproots many of the buoys and drops them where it pleases. Usually this is on the riverbanks, where we saw large numbers of stranded nuns and cans. However, sometimes the river just shuffles the buoys around so they now mark what is definitely not the channel. The tows know where the channel is anyway, but the paddler probably doesn’t. We have no idea how long it takes the Coast Guard to replace and realign errant buoys after a flood. Be cautious about assuming that all of the buoys are in the right places.


In high water, buoys can also “rabbit”. The current forces them underwater and they disappear for varying periods of time, only to unexpectedly pop back up to the surface. Since these things weight about 800 pounds, getting hit by a rabbiting buoy is not a good idea. Pay attention to what is going on around you.

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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