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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I plan my trip?
Ask yourself 4 easy questions, and then write us info@island63.com or give a call (662) 902-7841.
  1. How many?
  2. When? (Scroll through our on-line calendar and choose some dates that work for you)
  3. How Long? We are available for anything from a one-day run to a weekend adventure, from an extended weekend to a 3-week expedition.
  4. Where? If you don’t have a preference we’ll take you to our favorite passage: the Muddy Waters Wilderness.
Check out our Expeditions page for more information on how to plan your adventure.
Is it safe to paddle?
The Mississippi is best compared to the rivers of Brazil, Alaska or Canada. It’s a big river, it’s a powerful river, it’s a dangerous river. But done safely and with the right equipment you can enjoy the beauty while respecting the dangers. People have been paddling the Mississippi River for thousands of years. The rewards are well worth the risks. If the river conditions are too bad, our policy is to stay on shore.
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Do I have to know how to swim?
No, but you must wear a life jacket at all times while in the canoe (or kayak). If you decide to go wading off the shore keep your life jacket on.
I'm a swimmer. Is it safe to swim?
In the right places it is safe to swim; in the wrong places it is very dangerous. Always let someone know if you are going for a swim. Wear your life jacket. Consult your guide if you have any doubts.
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What should I bring with me?
Arrive with all clothing and personal items and pack into our drybags. Pack any required medications. Remember, you are entering a wild remote landscape: there are no convenience stores along the way! Quapaw normally provides all river gear, cooking & eating utensils, and camp furniture. Sleeping bags, tents, wetsuits, neoprene gloves & booties all available for rent.
Click here for complete equipment list.
What about bathrooms?
This is a wilderness adventure: primitive camping only, no facilities whatsoever. Please carry any necessary toiletries with you. Dig a cathole in the sand at least 200 feet away from the water's edge and at least a foot deep.  Completely bury afterwards and mark with a stick.  We practice the Leave No Trace principals.  http://www.rivergator.org/resources/leave-no-trace.cfm for more information.
What about a shower?
There are no facilities along the way, but you can refresh yourself in the river or in back channel pools, or in possible blue holes (dependent on river level). You can also carry a solar shower.
How old do I have to be?
No age requirement. We have life jackets for everyone from infants to XXXL. We’ve had everyone in our canoes from 7 month old babies to 94 year old grandmothers. Our mission is to provide access for anyone with any interest!
How many can go?
We’ll go with one person, we’ll go with the whole family reunion – or the whole church or school group, or the entire girl scout or boy scout troop. We’re not picky. The river needs more paddlers!
How Much?
Costs all depend on number of people going and distance traveled. Basic fee includes canoes, paddles, lifejackets and all necessary river gear, first aid kits & emergency gear. Meals are optional. We can do all the food prep, campfire cooking, provide cookware & eatware & cleanup, or you can bring your own & do the work. Shuttle covers transportation of canoes & gear plus our vehicles & drivers for drop-off and pickup.
Click here for more details on costs.
What will I experience?
You will experience extensive pieces of intact wilderness and return home refreshed and full of stories & memories.
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