The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

Rivergator Appendix V

Over the Chain of Rocks with the Lewis & Clark

Bicentennial Re-enactment of 2006


Saturday, September 22nd, Columbia Bottoms


A happy thought this morning, my wife Sarah close by, soundly sleeping amongst the Chinook women in the Ft. Dubois Women’s Bunkhouse (I learn later, not so soundly, all are awakened by Willow’s arrival at 4:30am who commenced his usual roaring snoring in the women’s bunkhouse, having been kicked out of the men’s) Bug, Possum and the Mighty Quapaws in attendance nearby, opposite bunkhouse, Mara, Church’s mother is here, and I saw Scott’s Daddy, Mom & Daddy have safely arrived, the hoop is coming together, all of our friends and family who will join us on this day at the base of the Chain of Rocks


The repercussion waves of the rolling rapids rocking me to sleep – even a mile below the rapids where the canoes are pulled up for the night, parallel slicing waves rocking the LG2 Lee Squared raft where I erected my tent and lay my head, one last night sleeping on my waterbed the river, with the threat of rain Mike and I avoid the canoes, and so I’m happy to have the raft right here, the restless canoes digging against the muddy banks in restless impatience, snags breaking the rippling surface illuminated as black silhouettes by the orangish glowing of the downtown massif bulk, the breakdown of the last Missouri bluffs falling down like dominoes from the central plateau into shallow one-sided canyons carved by the various rivers, the Big Muddy breaking through the center of all in its unstoppable eastward stampede, like a rampaging buffalo herd running across the Great Plains, all bluffs, all prairies, all ridges and hilly features come to an abrupt halt where the Mother River the Mississippi works her way through the center of our nation, gently gathering her children one by one in her passage, the mesmerizing watery ways and moisture trails all brought together and deposited and dispersed one family into the Gulf of Mexico, in commensuration all of us gathering here today made one family by the river that brings us all together.


Underwater blue light visible in the thinning of the clouds overhead, the roaring of the Chain of Rocks and its rolling waves and repercussions resonating downstream – whew! – our last major obstacle, my work here completed, all last night I was tossing & turning in the wind worrying about the havoc-wreaking Chain, the entire Mississippi River falling over a nine-foot shelf, the tumultuous cascade of boils, frothings, giant waves & eddies, too powerful and expansive to understand in any one viewing, a mile-wide shelving over which the muddy water tumbles and is broken into a complicated maze of falls, tongues, powerful eddying places, transecting edges of limestone shelves extending inward and outward, criss-crossing each other, deep fall pools followed by shallows, no easy lines to follow, the whole cannot be scouted from any one vantage point, but must run in segments, the first being the most important, if you make a mistake on the entrance to the avalanche you and your crew might be strewn out over hundreds of yards of shelving, your canoe scraped and battered on boulders, wrapped around snags and other obstructions, concrete columns and raggedly strewn steelworks that lay like the teeth of an open mouthed shark, hopefully you pick the right entrance to begin the jump, if you chose wrong you might end up stranded on a stony shallows a half mile from either bank with thundering water all around you.


22 paddlers pushed off from Columbia Bottom on the 22nd, 84 year old Chinook elder George Lagergren in Mato Chante with Mike, Derek Lagergren, Tom & Kessina, Wanbli River Dancer once again was honored to bear Macaw Chief Lester Greene prow, Hannah at his feet (this made the big chief happy!), Tony Lagergren, Idaho Jimmy, Clayton and myself, six in Wanblee, the most people the Eagle has borne in her great wings, Scott with the 2 Lagergren sisters Peggy and Ellen, Church, Jay and Gunny in the Banana Boat, Ron and Steve in one Grumman courtesy of Randy Slow (Slow Canoe Rentals), and in another Willow paddling Nan and Patricia, and of course faithful Dory Doug and the “put-put-put” African Queen. “I’m stealing Chinook women!” Willow hollers from his Grumman and turns around against the current and the direction of all the other canoes, “I’ve taken your canoes and now I’m stealing your women! I’m heading back to camp with your women! Back to my tee-pee!” Everyone laughs and is in a good mood, a happy entrance to the confluence with the big river, Chief Lester sang a parting song and then erupted into a chant mid-way, his earthy singing echoing from the rip-rap & the last line of cottonwoods of the north bank Missouri which current we were riding, the trees lined up as if standing in our honor, standing and watching us paddle by after having followed the waters of this river for thousands of miles through untold bends and landscapes, and now to come out on this floodplain still happy and strong, this is something to see and be proud of!


George has a big smile on his face every time I look back, I would have like to have sketched the canoes, and Mato in particular with George, our Grandfather of the West, but the wind demanded too much attention. George, the wise Chinook Grandfather who has sustained us with his gentle but persuasive attitude, who gave us canoes and now we are giving him a place in our canoes to tell his story, even though he is 84 years old he doesn’t need any helping hand. Mike told me later that as Mr. George was entering the canoe from the slippery rip-rap rocks at Columbia Bottom he offered his hand and asked him, “can I help you?” and George waved him off. He is a force of nature. He paddled non-stop, requesting only once quick break, to snap a few photos (!). Upon arrival Mike offered George a log to step on so that he wouldn’t get his boots muddy, to which George responded “I can get out!” and proceeded to plunk both feet in the water and exit.

Now the fun is over and the work begins, we can’t actually hear the thundering Chain of Rocks seven miles downstream and far around the long bend of the mother Mississippi, but we can feel its presence, and with awful gravity it pulls at us relentlessly. The wind has calmed, thankfully, and the three foot crashing waves that Norm Miller earlier reported when he paddled through the confluence have settled down, and now there are only periodic flushings of wind. We rearrange ourselves, those who don’t want to face the fearsome Chain of Rocks get out, we pull out two aluminum canoes, Capt. Ron stays stern in one with Gunny Prow and Bison princess. I lose Chief Lester, Tony and Hannah, but gain Cathy. Mike pushes off with three smokestacks, Moose, Willow and Tommy. The old threesome Scott, Church and Jay reunite again in the Banana Boat which has served them so well and is still slipping gracefully through the water.


As we are pushing off, what’s this? A long glowing wooden canoe appears from upstream the Missouri, sliding through the mingling waters of the confluence and crosses our bows in the current, it’s none other than the irrepressible Jim King – towing his 35 foot long composite barge in preparation for tomorrow, we engage our paddles and dig into the waters, now a mixture of western mud (the Missouri) and northern wetlands (the Mississippi), and quickly catch up, and paddle alongside the determined engineer who exits left into the Chain of Rocks Canal and we continue on downstream, the gargantuan boils of the Mississippi reaching hundreds of feet around, the river is speaking to us, gently, whispering things only the canoes understand completely (and us rivermen try to guess at) Clayton is enthralled and amazed at the newly enlarged scale, and I feel humbled. Only Cathy paddles continually and says nothing, this fact I point out to Tommy “One-Stroke” Eier, whose paddling comes and goes in coughs & fits of thrashing water in between smoke breaks.


Almost all watercraft avoid the chaos of the Chain of Rocks as instructed by a huge US Army Corps sign with an arrow pointing left several miles upriver:






My first and last time in this deadwater canal (imagine a 12-mile long toilet bowl lined with rip-rap) was back in 1983 when Sean Rowe and I labored through it in our 12×24 raft by sweep oar, a grueling 24 hour ordeal beset by passing tugboats and headwind, we lost most of our gear which didn’t float when a tug upset us in the middle of the night, a corner of the raft got hung up on a rock, the changing water level tilted us out of our sleeping bags (along with all gear not stowed away) into the oily backwater. The memory still disgusts me.


Any paddlers who pass this ominous sign and continue downstream (under the ugly I-270 bridge, and then the rusty & elegant Highway 66 Bridge ) portage river left amidst the roar and spray – and with good reason: at the Chain of Rocks the entire Mississippi River spills over a 10 foot limestone shelf. Imagine the total combined flow of America’s biggest volume river falling smoothly at first quickly pulsing and fragmenting into powerful tongues of water, huge waves, dangerous ripping eddies, whirlpools, and etc. It is a deadly place for paddlers and motorcraft, as demonstrated an hour prior our arrival: as we approached the crescendo from upstream we could see several Coast Guard cutters performing a rescue – it was an foolish motorboat who got caught in the eddies and was stuck there and spun around and around (but luckily not flipped over) until their rescue. Every year paddlers get sucked into the unforgiving hydraulics and are never seen again.


The Captains in the Banana Boat hug bank right contrary to our plans, but what can we say? They are the Captains, they can do whatever they want. Dory Doug (with Video Len) waivers between us and them, and then follows their course, perhaps to ensure their safety (as if they need any help after the thousands of impossible miles they have already logged!). We follow Norm Miller’s advice and stay bank left, completely sheltered from the wind in the lee of Chouteau Island, and slowly make our way towards our inevitable obstacle below, Mike and I remain casual, so as not to alarm anyone, but we alone know the what watery danger lurks beyond the oncoming bridges and what fate might there await us, I make several prayers to wanbli to watch us and guide us, and touch the water gently with my out-stretched hand to feel its motion, its spirit. I hope and pray that our thoughts, our actions, the things we say and our relations with the nations is pleasing to the Great Creator and the Great Creator’s lifeblood, the rivers that we know so well and have seen from 10 inches of freeboard. Bill and Karina paddle alongside us initially, following the curve of Chouteau Island and its tall forest, but then we pull away towards the center, and begin our gradual crossing to line ourselves up with the smoking roar of falling water below. As we cross the river they get smaller and smaller, if not for their red canoe they would have disappeared completely, such is a single person’s spatial influence in a landscape this big.

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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