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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch

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Ladybug Cypress Strip Canoe, the Grand Dame of the Lower Miss

at the Annual Mississippi River Nature Weekend

Tara Wildlife & Nature Preserve, August 27-29, 2010

Big Canoe update:

Junebug I: The son of the Ladybug canoe, Cypress Strip 30 footer JB I has migrated north for a BIG MUDDY ADVENTURE with the legendary & indefatigable Michael F. Clark. Junebug I will be providing good service to paddlers in the meeting of the waters in Great Confluences region: Missouri River, Illinois River, and the Upper Mississippi. Go to Big Muddy Adventures home base at for offerings in the Middle Mississippi/ St. Louis area. The name Junebug is in honor & memory of Welsey Jefferson "The Mississippi Junebug."

(Note: In August we will be starting on a new 30 foot voyageur style canoe in our canoe workshop in Clarksdale. After we finish that we have plans to begin shaping a 30 foot stand up paddleboard for 6-10 people for SUP expedition down the Mississippi 440 -- Memphis to Natchez)

Kingfisher: Closer to home, our good friend Bubba Battle recently completed a beautiful handcrafted 24 foot cypress strip canoe tentatively named "The Kingfisher." Go to the Memphis Commercial Appeal for the full story:

Bubba allowed me to run the Kingfisher down the Lower Mississippi Water Trail from Buck Island to Choctaw Island for a couple of adventurers including Bob Gosford, who wrote about the journey in his Alice Springs Australia based blog "The Northern Myth." For photos of the beautiful Kingfisher and the wild beauty of this section of river, go to Bob's blog:

Update: Last week I sent out the wrong web address for the the annual Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival, coming up soon, August 6-8th in Clarksdale. Here is the correct address: Please go to for the full lineup and events associated with this great festival dedicated to the best of the downhome Delta Blues! New this year: Ride the train out of Clarksdale down the old line to historic Hopson Plantation (home of the Shack Up Inn). Using the same train station Muddy Waters left town from!

Any questions, comments, etc? Please write me: God Bless -- and as we say here at Quapaw Canoe Company:

Wherever you are

Whatever you are doing

in all things:

"May the River be with You!"

Quapaw Canoe Company

Helena, Arkansas - Clarksdale, Mississippi

(662) 627-4070 cell: 902-7841 (870) 228-2266