Memphis to Helena (4-7 days)

This Big River journey starts at Mud Island, in Memphis Tennessee. As the guides pack the canoes, check out the to-scale model of the Lower Mississippi River just a 2-minute walk away! Once on the water, paddlers will have the pleasure of paddling under the historic three bridges of Memphis. After this, the sojourn begins.

Pass through miles of remote wilderness with beavers and herons as your neighbors. Enjoy nights under big skies or nestled in willow forests. Take your time to get in tune with the River and your natural circadian rhythms. Enjoy sunrises and sunsets with friends, and swapping stories over an open fire.

The journey comes to an end passing Buck Island, with views of the Helena Bridge.

Experience required: None! This trip is open to everybody.


4-day option: ~18 miles/day
5-day option: ~15 miles/day
6-day option: ~12 miles/day
7-day option: ~10 miles/day

Trip Notes:

Downstream trips require a shuttle for an additional fee/person.

Quapaw Canoe Company will provide canoes and all safety gear, as well as dry bags for each participant.

Quapaw Canoe Company can provide lunches, dinners, and breakfasts for each day of the journey upon request, for an additional fee/day. Meals are cooked fresh on an open fire.