rivergatorflyer5The trip is part of the ongoing creation of the Rivergator: The Lower Mississippi River Watertrail.  The trail is a partnership between the Walton Family Foundation, the Lower Mississippi River Foundation, A&P committee of Helena, Arkansas, and the Mississippi River Corridor – Tennessee.   A 100-mile stretch of the trail has already been launched and opened between Helena and Arkansas City.
So if you’re a river lover, paddler, or adventurer, come out and help it grow even further.  We will meet mid-morning Saturday May 25th at top end of Mud Island.  Pack and push off from the Mouth of the Wolf River and paddle down under all of the Memphis Bridges along the 4th Chickasaw Bluff.  You really haven’t seen the “Best of Memphis” until you’ve seen it from the river!

memhelena 1629We will witness the mile-long rip-rap wreckage along President’s Island (results of the 2011 flood), explore the back channels of Dismal Point Ensley Bar, and seek the outflow pipe of the Lower Wastewater Treatment Facility.   Camp #1 will be made by the light of the full moon on or near the wilds of Cat Island.  Next day we’ll run behind all of the islands possible with visions of the Fitzgerald’s Castle and the Gold Strike Casino Hotel, shimmering from the batture like dream-visions of another world.

memhelena 1633We’ll swirl behind Rabbit Island and then around Mhoon Bend, and then dive into Walnut Bend and from there find the hidden entrance to Tunica Cut-Off into Tunica Lake.  Camp #2 will probably be in the vicinity of the mouth of the St. Francis River, the most remote forested area north of the Big Island/Arkansas River Confluence.

memhelena 1634 Day Three (Memorial Day) will be explorations through the Helena Islands, Buck Island (Prairie Point Towhead) and into Trotter’s Chute, with a final take out mid-afternoon in the Helena Harbor.  73 miles total not including side channels and back channel explorations.  If you want to join in this 3-day expedition seats might be available in one of our giant voyageur canoes.

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Contactjohn@island63.com for more information.  See below for more details.