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It must be springtime! this Saturday April 6th is the

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Naturefest 2013

Naturefest 2013: Saturday April 6th. For full schedule go to Visit the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science for short paddling tours of the Pearl from the safety of a voyageur canoe, as well as other family friendly events and exciting indoor and outdoor educational fun!

HEY! Want to spend an entire day on the Pearl River?

Pearl River Exploration

Sunday April 7th, 9-3pm

Where? Pearl River in Jackson, Miss

When? Sunday April 7, 2013

What? Daytrip 9am-3pm bring your own canoe, kayak or SUP or reserve a seat in one of our hand-crafted cypress-strip voyageur canoes! (No previous experience necessary in voyageur canoe) Be prepared for long-distance paddle in variety of water conditions.

Meet: 9am

Ross Barnett Reservoir Dam

(North side Parking lot with boat ramp)

On water by 10am. 11 mile downstream paddle from Dam to May’s Lake Landing (LeFleur’s Bluff State Park) Wild free-flowing river with gorgeous sandbars, bayous and wetlands to explore along the way. April brings plentiful songbirds, raptors, butterflies, and newly flowering and leafing foliage. This is one of the most sparkling fresh & beautiful times to paddle the Pearl. (Note: there are very few signs of the urban environment along the way besides a few extraneous city noises!)

Lunch stop 12noon -- bring your own lunch, snacks and beverages. Also, don’t forget to pack drinking water, sun screen, sun hat, bug dope, towel and river shoes. Dress for weather. We will go rain or shine!

Take out 2-3pm

Everyone to share shuttling (to be arranged on site). Bring your own canoe or kayak or SUP. No charge. OR -- reserve an open seat on one of the Quapaw Canoe Company cypress-strip voyageur canoe. Available for anyone who wants to join in the fun -- $35/person includes life jackets and paddles. No previous experience necessary. No age limit. Up to 10 people per voyageur canoe (we’ll have 2 big canoes). Contact for details or call 662-902-7841.

This day of exploration is being coordinated with the Lower Delta Partnership in preparation for the Water Trails of Mississippi brochures and website.

Contact Meg Cooper or John Ruskey for more information.


Meg Cooper


Lower Delta Partnership


John Ruskey, river guide, canoe maker

Quapaw Canoe Company


Reminder: Naturefest 2013: Saturday April 6th. Visit the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science for more paddling on the Pearl, as well as other family friendly events and exciting outdoor fun! Go to