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Expeditions - Chickasaw Bluffs No's 1,2,3, & 4

Ft. Pillow to Memphis, Tennessee

58 river miles


Downtown Memphis straddles the 4th Chickasaw Bluff

Narrative: Fabulous views of the Chickasaw Bluffs along the Western edge of the state of Tennessee and adjacent bottomland hardwood forests, including the bluffs at Fort Pillow (1st Chickasaw Bluff), Richardson’s Landing (2nd Chickasaw Bluff), Meeman-Shelby State Forest (3rd Chickasaw Bluff) and finally the sweeping view of the Memphis skyline, including the Memphis Bridge and the Pyramid, and downtown Memphis (which straddles the 4th Chickasaw Bluff). The vista from the river is unparalleled! Points of interest include Anderson-Tully Wildlife Management Area, The mouth of the Hatchie River, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park and the mouth of the Loosahatchie River. The vista from the river is unparalleled! You’ve never seen downtown Memphis if you haven’t viewed it from the river!

Put in at Ashport, and take out at the foot of Beale Street in the Memphis Harbor. Total mileage = 58 miles on the Mississippi River. Meet in Memphis morning of Day I, camp two nights, take out afternoon/evening Day III.

Day I


1st Chickasaw Bluff
Shuttle: Meet at Memphis Yacht Club, 6am
Put-In: Put in Ashport Landing, 9am
Camp I: Lookout Bar (an island opposite the 2nd Chickasaw Bluff)

Points of Interest: Fort Pillow Bluffs (1st Chickasaw Bluff), Anderson-Tully Wildlife Management Area, The mouth of the Hatchie River, Richardson’s Bluff (2nd Chickasaw Bluff: massive red, blue orange & grey bluffs collapsing into main channel. Fantastic scenery! A colorful muddy “glacier” calving into the river!)


Morning Cowboy Coffee on Sunrise Towhead

Day II

Camp II: Island 35

Points of Interest: Island Archipelago “Hen & the Chicks,” Richardson’s Bluff (2nd Chickasaw Bluff), Dean Island Chute.

Voyageur Canoe Dean Island

Day III

Brandywine Chute
Take-Out: Memphis Harbor, 3pm (subject to change)

Points of Interest: The mouth of the Hatchie River, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park (3rd Chickasaw Bluff), Brandywine Chute, Hickman Bar, Mouth of the Loosahatchie River, Mud Island, I-40 Bridge, the Pyramid and downtown Memphis (4th Chickasaw Bluff)


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