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Arkansas Traveler - Natural State Award
LMRD 557 - Thursday, March 9, 2018
Quapaw Canoe Company is Nominee!
Memphis, Helena, Clarksdale, Vicksburg, Natchez
-----Celebrating our 20th Anniversary Year------


River Conditions this week: the Mississippi jumped above flood stage last week and will continue flooding for several weeks, maybe more. If we get more rainfall, it will stay high, and could climb even higher. If we don't receive significant rainfall ("we" meaning the entire Mississippi River drainage) the river will slowly drop. We very strongly recommend NOT paddling river in flood stage conditions unless you are 1) an expert paddler with highly intimate knowledge of the stretch of river you are paddling on, or 2) are guided by an expert paddler who is thoroughly intimate with that stretch of river. Wetsuits or drysuits required. Yes, we can do it for you, if you want to go. But be forewarned: the water is dangerously cold, and almost all islands will be under water! While all islands are covered, and there are no sandbars to land on, we sometimes paddle through the forests with spectacular wildlife and scenery. The normally big river is now exponentially bigger. The main channel is exploding with giant boils and eddies and whirlpools, sudden eruptions of water pop up in unexpected places and could easily tip a 2-person canoe or a kayak caught unaware. The floodplain is now swelling to upwards of 10 miles wide in this stretch of river, in places even more, with somewhere in the range of 1.5 to 2 million cfs (cubic feet per second) depending on where you are on the Lower Miss. The fish are very happy with this expansion of territory, and and various frogs can be heard madly singing on the edges of flooded fields, sandbars, forests. Deer are fleeing for high ground. Many birds are migrating through, the start of the songbird exodus from South America. Many trees are budding out and flowering. Squirrels are sequestered to the canopy for now. (Report by John Ruskey and the Mighty Quapaws)


321 Miles of the Mississippi River flow along the Eastern border of Arkansas, the Natural State,
from Osceola to West Memphis to Arkansas City to Lake Village -- with Helena centered on it all.
(Watercolor painting by John Ruskey)


Quapaw Canoe Company
has been nominated for
The 2018 Natural State Award

The Natural State Award is presented annually to a community, organization, special event or attraction that “stands out in the crowd” because of its unique appeal, media coverage, creative approach and/or enhancement of community pride, thus benefiting the state’s quality of life!

The Henry Awards are celebrated at the Annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The awards ceremony will take place during the Governor’s Banquet on Tuesday, March 13th, in West Memphis. The Henry Awards honor Henri de Tonti, the many historians consider to be among the first “Arkansas Travelers.”

Quapaw Canoe Company is sharing this nomination with the Arkansas Goat Festival and the Murphy Arts District (MAD). Winner will be revealed Tuesday, March 13th, in West Memphis. See complete details below.

Quapaw Canoe Company is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2018!

Update from Lower Mississippi River Foundation Executive Director, Shannon McMulkin

Thank you so much to those of you who reached out to welcome me after last week’s email. I know there are many of you who have been involved with Quapaw and the Lower Mississippi River Foundation for years and I cannot wait to meet you and learn your stories.

As we mentioned last week there is a lot of change going on here at LMRF. We are focusing our efforts on youth engagement, starting with our Mississippi Summer Leadership Camp in June. It’s very important to me that, as we make these changes, we stay true to John’s vision and don’t lose sight of why you all supported this organization in the first place. I hope you take some time to fill out the short survey (see below) to help me understand why you became part of this organization.

Yours, Shannon


Three Easy Things You Can Do to Help LMRF Today!


  1. Fill out the quick survey to help me better understand why you support our work ( and get to know you better!) Click Here

  2. Like the Lower Mississippi River Foundation on Facebook! Click here

3. Share the application for our Mississippi River Summer Camp with any high school students, teachers or youth leaders you know! Click here

Shannon McMulkin, Executive Director

Lower Mississippi River Foundation
email: smcmulkin@gmail.com

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Henry Awards finalists

The 2018 Henry Awards winners will be revealed at the 44th Annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism to be held in West Memphis at Southland Park Gaming & Racing March 11-13, 2018. The awards ceremony will take place during the Governor’s Banquet on Tuesday, March 13. The Henry Awards honor Henri de Tonti, the many historians consider to be among the first “Arkansas Travelers.”


The awards and respective finalists are:

The Media Support Award, which is presented annually to a distinguished individual or organization for extraordinary attention to and/or support of Arkansas’s tourism industry through the use of media.

– Arkansas Travel Channel

– AY (About You)

– The Show With No Name

The Bootstrap Award, which is presented annually to an individual, organization, or community that has achieved significant success “on a shoestring,” having limited means to work with, either in resources or finances.

– Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau GRIT Awards

– Helena Downtown Partnership

– Visit Hot Springs and 61 Celsius

The Arkansas Heritage Award, which is presented annually to an individual, organization, or community that has made a significant contribution toward the preservation of some aspect of Arkansas’s natural, cultural or aesthetic legacy.

– Arkansas Travelers

– Faulkner County Historical Society

– Wilson (Town of Wilson and the Lawrence Group)

The Grand Old Classic Special Event Award, which is presented annually to a festival, fair or other special celebration that has “stood the test of time” and become an established example to follow.

– Christmas Frolic at Historic Arkansas Museum

– Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant

– Warfield Concerts

The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, which is presented annually to a community, individual or organization that through outstanding volunteer spirit has made a substantial contribution to Arkansas’s tourism industry.

– Brandy Jordan, Mountain Home

– Floyd and Sue Robison, Fort Smith

– Keep Arkansas Beautiful

The Community Tourism Development Award, which is presented annually to a community or organization that has achieved substantial success in the enhancement of its local resources through imaginative and innovative development efforts.

– City of Augusta

– Batesville (Main Street Batesville, Batesville Chamber of Commerce, City of Batesville)

– Fayetteville Roots Festival

The Natural State Award, which is presented annually to a community, organization, special event or attraction that “stands out in the crowd” because of its unique appeal, media coverage, creative approach and/or enhancement of community pride, thus benefiting the state’s quality of life.

– Arkansas Goat Festival

– Murphy Arts District (MAD)

– Quapaw Canoe Company

During the Henry Awards ceremony, the Tourism Person of the Year will also be announced. Selected by former honorees, the Tourism Person of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual who has been actively involved in tourism and who has made a substantial contribution, within the past year, to the betterment of the tourism industry as a whole.

For more information on the 44th Annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism, contact the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism at 501-682-1088. For specific information on the Henry Awards, contact Brandy Flowers at 501-682-5240.

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Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-7606

E-mail: info@arkansas.com

May be used without permission. Credit line is appreciated:

"Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism”