Big Island is a spectacular deep-delta haven for writers, photographers and other creative-types concerning paddling the Lower Mississippi River!  It is brought to you by Driftwood John Ruskey and the river rats of Quapaw Canoe Company and the Lower Mississippi River Foundation.  For over a decade, Ruskey has photographed and painted images of this ever-changing landscape, amassing a treasure trove of unique glimpses into the worlds of the Mississippi.  He has also sent out the Lower Mississippi River Dispatch to alert river-lovers of happenings in the Mid South and beyond.

The website is named after an old and mysterious place in Western Arkansas called Big Island.  It is a bear-filled island full of rusty old train bridges and bottomland hardwood forests at the confluence of the Arkansas River, the White River, and the Mississippi.  And it was once the holy home of the Quapaw people.

So, from the banks of the beautiful Sunflower River in Clarksdale, Mississippi, welcome to Big Island.

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