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Helena Outpost - Multi-Day downstream of Helena

Helena to Clarksdale
(Quapaw Landing)

Mississippi blues musicians used to ferry over to Helena for performances on Cherry Street or the King Biscuit Radio program on KFFA, and then Ferry back to Friars Point. The Ferry is gone, but today the paddler can retrace their steps with a one-day paddle downstream from Helena to Friars Point. The Civil War enthusiast can follow the 1863 Union Naval Expedition out of Helena by canoe or kayak into Coahoma County, Miss., through a secret passage at Montezuma Island, across Moon Lake and disappear into the legendary “Yazoo Pass.” Or make it an overnight, paddle behind some of the big islands No’s 61 and 63 and take out at Quapaw Landing, the closest access to Clarksdale (and a visit to the Delta Blues Museum and live blues at its many juke joints). 3 days of paddling will bring you to Rosedale and the mouth of the Arkansas River. Make a week-long expedition and paddle to Greenville (as described in the August 2007 National Geographic Adventure Magazine, 12 page feature story). 2 weeks to Greenville, Natchez, and points downstream. All paddling out of Helena involves passage under the Hernando de Soto Bridge, a unique opportunity to feel the speed & power of the river as the bridge quickly slides overhead!


Helena to Clarksdale
(Quapaw Landing)

Helena – Friars Point - 9 miles
Helena – Clarksdale (Quapaw Landing) - 26 miles
Helena – Rosedale (Harbor Landing) - 82 miles
Helena – Greenville - 126 miles
Helena – Vicksburg - 226 miles
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