Montezuma Island Adventure (2-6 miles)

The Montezuma Island Adventure is a roundtrip voyageur canoe paddle on the biggest river in North America, the Mighty Mississippi, involving a tour of an archipelago of Mississippi River Islands with big beaches, swim holes, birds, turtles, and other wildlife. This round trip paddle affords an incredible variety of giant sandbars, wetlands, gravel/fossil bars, deep willow forests, and miles of beaches to swim from or walk along. So — a little bit of everything! Montezuma was created by the 1837 sinking of the steamboat by the same name. It is found above Kangaroo Point, about halfway in between Friars Point and Helena, AR.

Meet at 9am at our base in downtown Clarksdale, Quapaw Canoe Company, 291 Sunflower Avenue. Follow us to river in your own vehicle. Round-trip paddle. Pack your own lunch, snacks and water — or we can provide — $25 each — the Sandbar Smorgasbord — click here for description. Dress for weather. Don’t forget sun protection. No previous experience necessary, all paddle together in our big canoes with guides. But must be willing to paddle — sometimes hard paddling necessary. Return to land between 4 and 5pm.


Meet: 9am
Quapaw Canoe Company
291 Sunflower Avenue
Clarksdale, MS 38614

Shuttle to river
Start: 10am Montezuma Landing
Lunch: Montezuma Island
End: 3-5pm Montezuma Landing (could be later if you want to stay out longer)

Pack in Daypack or Drybag
Each person should pack:

  • waterbottles
  • snacks
  • lunch (if you want)
  • sun protection
  • bug protection
  • shoes that can get muddy and wet (or go barefoot)


  • cell phone
  • camera
  • bird book
  • binoculars
  • swim gear
  • towel

Pack any electronics in dry bag, dry box, or zip lock bags

Water Bottle Refill:
We’ll pack a 5-gal jug of water to refill your personal water bottles.

Dress for weather. Wear shoes that can get muddy and wet (or go barefoot).

Call me 662-902-7841, or Mark River 662-902-1885, if you’d prefer to talk! Sincerely yours in service of the big river,


John Ruskey
Quapaw Canoe Company
291 Sunflower Avenue
Clarksdale, MS 38614