St. Louis to Gulf (1154 miles)

Not for the faint of heart. This expedition requires weeks of planning, open water canoeing experience, and the dedication to camping for about 6-weeks. Those who are willing to surmount those obstacles are rewarded with a life-changing experience and a deep appreciation of America’s River. Explore the belly of America on this epic adventure. Major … Read more

Big Island Circumnavigation (5-7 days)

2-3 days of hard paddling to get up the Arkansas, one grueling day for the portage to the White (or take the Arkansas Post Canal), One day of moderate paddling back down the White back to the Mississippi, and One day of downstream paddling back down the Mississippi. Add two days for exploration, bad weather, … Read more

Lower Arkansas River (3-6 days)

Go where few have gone before on this remote wilderness adventure. You will see neither tow boats or civilization on the Lower Arkansas River, and likely not another human soul. The trip begins at the Wilbur D. Mills dam, near Pendleton, AR. The Arkansas River winds some 40 miles to its confluence with the Muddy … Read more

Helena to Quapaw Landing (2 Days)

Our most popular overnight trip. Enter the Muddy Waters Wilderness, and let civilization fade to the background. Enjoy life on the sandbar as you relax and watch the world go by. On this trip you will visit the historic Montezuma Island, named for a sunken steamboat, as well as Island 62, which has bountiful amounts … Read more

Tunica to Helena (2-3 days)

Hop aboard the Big Canoe and into the wilderness for this scenic trip. We will begin at the Tunica River Park, a River Museum with historical exhibits and an aquarium too! From there begins a 37-mile downstream adventure through the Whiskey Chute, Walnut Bend, and miles of beaver, bald eagle, and coyote habitat. At the … Read more

Quapaw Overnight (2 days)

One of our most popular options. Camp for one night on an expansive sandbar under a starry sky, or in a willow forest with sunset views. Let our guides cook you a dinner over an open fire, and enjoy your retreat away from civilization and into the wilderness. Experience required None! This trip is open … Read more

Muddy Waters Wilderness (3-5 days)

Narrative: This is a journey through some of the wildest & remote islands & forests of the Lower Mississippi. Described in a 12-page article in National Geographic Adventure Magazine, August 2007. Great back channels & oxbow lakes to explore. Fossil finding & rock hunting at Knowlton Crevasse & Catfish Point. Great swimming throughout. Abundant wildlife, … Read more

Sandbar Smorgasbord

Pack your own lunch, or we can prepare ($25 each). Our typical lunch offering is something we call “Sandbar Smorgasboard.” It’s a buffet-style extravaganza that we set up on the sandbar using our camp tables with meats, cheeses, sausage, smoked salmon, tuna salad, breads, chips, fruits, veggies, and hummus dip. Avocado, tomatoes, carrots and red … Read more

Buck Island Adventure (9 miles)

Meet Place: Big Boat Ramp, Helena Harbor, Helena, AR Meet Time: 1pm (flexible) End Time: 7pm (flexible) Route: St. Francis River to Helena Harbo Bring with You: Snacks, 2 water bottles, sun protection, swim wear, shoes you don’t mind getting wet & muddy. Rain gear, sweater or fleece, long pants (or fleece). Mosquito repellant. Headlamp … Read more

Montezuma Landing to Quapaw Landing (18 miles)

Intro: Moderate one-day paddle around two huge bends of the river with big islands throughout (Or can be done as overnight). Side-channels and secret waterways to explore depending on river level with excellent birding & animal watching. Great fossil hunting on the gravel bars at the top end of Island 62 (low water). Becoming a habitat … Read more