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Full Heat Moon

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Saturday July 20, 2013 , 3pm to midnight

Chickasaw Bluffs Mid-Summer -- Full Heat Moon

17 miles on the Mississippi River

from Shelby Forest to Mud Island

Meet Place: Mud Island River Park

Meet Time: 3:00pm

End Time: 11pm/12midnight (depends on towboat traffic, wind & etc)

Quapaw Provides: canoe, paddles, lifejackets and all necessary river gear, first aid kits, VHF Marine Radio, running lights, and all necessary emergency gear. Plates & Utensils. Camp tables. Camp Chairs. Iced Cooler.

Bring with You: shoes you don’t mind getting wet & muddy. Long sleeve shirt & long pants. Mosquito repellant. Water Bottles. Headlamp or Flashlight. Cell Phone in Ziplock. Potluck Supper. Bring a dish to share.

Is it okay to Swim? Yes. Bring towel and swimsuit. Leave a change of clothes in your vehicle.

Voyageur Canoes: 10 maximum each. No previous experience necessary. Everyone paddles together. First come first served.

To reserve your seat: contact John Ruskey 662-902-7841 or email john@island63.com

Full Heat Moon Saturday July 20, 2013

Description: Park at Mud Island. Catch shuttle and board a beautiful hand-crafted voyageur style canoe at Meeman Shelby Forest. Paddle into the rich undulating colors of sunset as the river swirls between islands and floodplain forests at Brandywine Island, Hickman Bar and Robin Crusoe Island. Make a supper landing, build a fire, and enjoy the rising of the Full Heat Moon over the Mississippi River. Moonrise 6:24 pm. Sunset 8:20pm. The moon will be 96% full. Set off again in the canoe paddling now by the mysterious undulating light of the Full Heat Moon on the face of the largest river in North America! The sandbars are as bright as snowfields in the full moon and the river glistens like shiny steel. Paddle downstream past the mouth of the Loosahatchie River, the Wolf River, and then down along Mud Island with the stunning backdrop of the Pyramid with the rising Full Heat Moon behind! Float underneath the colossal elegance of the M Bridge and then swirl into the Memphis Harbor at the foot of Beale Street with the best view of downtown you’ll ever enjoy!

Is this a Super Full Moon? No, the Super Full Moon for 2013 was on June 23rd when it reached perigree. That said it will still be about 10,000 miles closer than its average distance (238,000 miles). On July 20th it will be about at 222,728 miles away from the Mississippi River... close enough to touch? It will sure feel like it!

Note: The distance of the moon from the Earth varies throughout the month and year. The average distance is about 238,000 miles (382,900 kilometers). The moon's position furthest away from Earth is called “apogee” while its closest approach to Earth is referred to as “perigee”. These events do not regularly coincide with the phases of the moon. However, it can happen that the moon is at perigee during the phase of full moon. This event is referred to as "Super Full Moon."

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Announcing Public meetings
on the Lower Mississippi River:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee, Quapaw Canoe Company and other partners will host three public meetings this summer on fish and wildlife habitat needs and outdoor recreation needs along the Lower Mississippi River.

July 30th -- Dyersburg, Tennessee

August 1st -- Helena, Arkansas

August 7 -- St. Francisville, Louisiana

See below for more details:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee, Quapaw Canoe Company and other partners will host three public meetings this summer on fish and wildlife habitat needs and outdoor recreation needs along the Lower Mississippi River. The meetings are associated with the Lower Mississippi River Resource Assessment, the first comprehensive natural resources study of the region in 40 years. When completed, the study will be presented to Congress, along with recommendations for habitat improvement projects, as well as projects related to river recreation and access needs for fishing, paddling, cycling and other activities.

4-7pm July 30 in Dyersburg, followed by August 1 in Helena and followed by August 7 in St. Francisville.

For all details please go to: http://www.lmrcc.org/public-input-sought-on-lower-mississippi-river-study/ .

For more information contact: Bruce Reid

Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee

2524 S. Frontage Road, Suite C

Vicksburg MS 39180

769-203-2157 or wbrucereid@gmail.com

The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch

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Lower Mississippi River Foundation

access. recreation. protection.