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~Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No. 830~
~~~~~~~ Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021 ~~~~~~~~

Exactly four years ago (yesterday) we were celebrating World Water Day with a crew of river rats and roust-abouts under the great arch, with Mayor Jackson-Hicks (East St. Louis), each of us pouring in a vessel of water from our home place, the start of a 1200 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico following the Rivergator online guide to paddling the Middle and Lower Mississippi River -- one million words.

Colin Wellenkamp, leader of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, and St. Louis City Alderwoman, Christine Ingrassia, put together this World Water Day celebration under the Great Arch on Wed March 22, 2017.

Big Muddy Mike and Big Muddy Roo of the Big Muddy Adventures partnered with us down the Middle Mississippi, Junebug I Canoe joining us at the Missouri River Confluence, while the Grasshopper Canoe paddled all the way to the Gulf of Mexico (South Pass) celebrating the wild wonderful raw power & beauty of the biggest river in North America!

Big Muddy Mike (Capt. Michael F. Clark) pouring a vessel of water from his homeplace (Mosenthien Island) into the Mississippi, in celebration of World Water Day 2017

Celebrating 4 years -- the Rivergator: Paddler's Guide to the Lower Mississippi River ( has been a invaluable resource to thousands of paddlers -- and enjoyed by tens of thousands of viewers!

The joy of the journey: Janet Mooreland (prow) followed by Chris Battaglia, John & LaNae Abnet, Big Muddy Mike, and Tony Long, in stern -- in the 29-foot Junebug I Canoe that we built at Quapaw Caneo Company in Clarksdale and now serves the Big Muddy Adventures in St. Louis.


World Water Day is observed annually across the globe on March 22 with the purpose of highlighting the importance of water and raising awareness about the water crisis that the world faces.

An Unusual Paddling Opportunity:

Are you ready to jump on board? A good-hearted, long distance paddler is looking for an experienced paddling companion to continue his canoe journey down the Lower Mississippi River. He is an elderly male, a good smaritan, and a veteran of the big river, having paddled over the years the upper stretches of the river from Lake Itasca. His planned route includes the Atahfalaya, with ultimate take-out on the Gulf of Mexico at Burns State Park. To depart in one week, Monday, March 29, from Columbus, KY. Email me, for details and contact info about this perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Recent online media of note:

Letting the River Run: story in Nature Conservancy Magazine (photos by Rory Doyle, story by Jenny Rogers).

Paddling the Swamplands of the Mississippi Delta in Delta Magazine (excellent paddling description and nature guide by Robin Whitfield and Todd Davis).

World Water Day 2021:
"Catch the Rain
Where it falls
When it falls"

World Water Day has been celebrated each year on March 22 since 1992. This day focuses on the importance of freshwater and presses for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Besides, the day is aimed at raising awareness about 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water resources globally. World Water Day is observed annually across the globe on March 22 with the purpose of highlighting the importance of water and raising awareness about the water crisis that the world faces. Go to for more info, and how to join hands with earthlings around the globe in celebration and protection of our most valuable resource!

6-Step Program
in Carving a Dugout Canoe:

6 Steps of the Dugout Canoe:

To help support BEAM -- now available for shipping! 18x24 museum-quality giclee, through the Quapaw Canoe Company:

We will ship! Send request to

To help support the BEAM project, Backyard Expeditions Arkansas Mississippi, we are making available high quality giclées of the 6 Steps of the Dugout Canoe:

$25 ea -- Museum Archival Board, smooth matte
$50 ea -- 140# Museum Quality Watercolor Board (thicker and textured like raw watercolor paper)
+ 7% MS tax

~~~ 18" x 24" image with 3" white space border ~~~

*Add $10 S&H priority mail shipping in the USA
*Add $15 for Canada
*Please inquire about international shipping

What is a giclée? A giclée is a technology for fine art reproduction using a high-quality inkjet printer to make individual copies, where the ink is impregnated into the paper, and not just applied on the surface.

Duck-Doggie-Moon Goddess Canoe:

Update: Duck-Doggie-Moon Goddess continues to evolve as we carve on her in the open grassy space between us and City Hall, along the banks of the Sunflower River in downtown Clarksdale. Community project. Contact us if you want to visit and help carve. Open to school groups, youth groups, and anyone else, 10 people maximum group size, wear face masks.

Note: Live canoe carving demonstration and workshop during Juke Joint Festival 2021. Free of charge. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 15-17.