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Thurs Nov 1 & Fri Nov 2

This Week Only:

Paddle & Explore

the Big Sunflower River

through Delta National Forest!

-- Free Guided Tours --

Please contact Meg Cooper or John Ruskey for full itinerary and more information. Advance reservations are necessary if you think you might want to join us for a beautiful fall day of paddling! The weather and the colors will be at their best this weekend in the Mississippi Delta!

Description: If you have ever wondered what the deep woods of Delta National Forest look like from the river that winds through them, here is your opportunity: Anguilla to Holly Bluff to the Little Sunflower.

See the remnants of the legendary big woods of the Mississippi Delta. Big trees, deep woods, spectacular fall colors and abundant wildlife. Free Guided Tours. Nominal charge for canoe, kayak or SUP rental + shuttle.

On Thursday Nov 1st and Friday Nov 2nd, 2012, river guide John Ruskey and the Mighty Quapaws will be offering free guided tours of the Big Sunflower River and its distributary, the Little Sunflower River.

This paddling adventure is suitable for canoes, kayaks or SUPs (stand up paddleboards). Bring your own vessel and equipment, or rent from Quapaw Canoe Company ($35/vessel + shuttle) or join us in one of our handcrafted voyageur style canoes for a guided trip ($35/person outifitting). No charge for guiding. Bring your own water bottles, picnic lunch, extra food and refreshments. It will be clear and cool both days, highs in the low 70s with a gentle north wind. Dress for the weather and muddy landings. Wear insulated rubber boots or shoes you don’t mind getting muddy and wet. Be prepared for lots of mud!

These free guided trips are being coordinated with the Lower Delta Partnership in preparation for the Water Trails of the Mississippi Delta.

Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 Big Sunflower River Route #1: Anguilla to Sunflower River Boat Ramp (15 miles). The only un-dredged section of the Big Sunflower. This will be a very long daytrip into the National Forest from the Anguilla Bridge. Fifteen miles. For hearty long-distance paddlers only! Only for those comfortable with an all-day flatwater trip with at least five hours of strong paddling. See the best and the worst of the Big Sunflower River, from trashy riverside camps to secluded and serene sections of the only remaining un-dredged piece of the entire length of the Big Sunflower!

Friday, Nov 2, 2012 Big Sunflower River Route #2: Little Sunflower to Big Sunflower (8 miles round-trip). Scenic roundtrip excursion into the heart of the deep woods of Delta National Forest along the winding channel of the Little Sunflower River down to its confluence with the Big Sunflower. Big cypress trees along the banks, oaks, sweetgums and others common to the bottomland hardwood forest.

Please contact Meg Cooper or John Ruskey for full itinerary and more information. Advance reservations are necessary if you think you might want to join us for a beautiful fall day of paddling!

Low Water Tour 2012

Osceola - Memphis - Helena - Vicksburg

346 miles of the Lower Mississippi River

Nov 12 - Nov 21 -- Low Water Expedition: Memphis to Vicksburg. 346-mile long Expedition. Put in above Memphis and paddle the lowest water in almost 100 years down the Chickasaw Bluffs and into the Mississippi Delta, past the Arkansas River and the land where the blues was born all of the way down to the towering bluffs of Vicksburg. The wildest and most remote floodplain of the Lower Mississippi River. Low water has exposed steamboat and towboat wrecks, extremely rare fossils, and fantastically strange convolutions of river topography. If you’ve ever wondered what the bottom of the Mississippi River looks like, here is your opportunity! Contact for more information. For photos and description go to: and also visit

Mon Nov 12

9am Meet in Clarksdale, shuttle to Osceola Arkansas via Memphis

Put in at Sans Souci Landing and paddle past 1st Chickasaw Bluff

Tues Nov 13

2nd Chickasaw Bluff, Dean Island, Hen & Chicks, 3rd Chickasaw Bluff

Wed Nov 14

Memphis (4th Chickasaw Bluff), Mississippi River Museum (Tunica)

Thurs Nov 15

St. Francis River, Helena

Fri Nov 16

Resupply in Helena, Advance to Rosedale

Old White River, Terrene Landing, Big Island, Mouth of the Arkansas River

Sat Nov 17

Arkansas River Confluence, Choctaw Island

Sun Nov 18

Greenville Bends, Leland Neck, Greenville Bridge, American Bar

Mon Nov 19

Kentucky Bend, Cracraft, Corregidor, Stack Island, Lake Providence,

TuesNov 20

Ajax, Fitler, Cottonwood Bar, WIllow Island

Wed Nov 21

Tara, Paw-Paw, Sparta, Brown’s Point, Vicksburg

Some of the exploring along the way includes the base of the Chickasaw Bluffs, huge gravel bars, steamboat wrecks, long elegant sandbars, dried out back channels, stinky fish pools, and whatever else appears and strikes our fancy along the way!

Experienced paddlers only. It will be a fairly rigorous schedule, with early starts, late finishes and long days of paddling on the water, 25-45 miles per day. Primitive camping on remote islands along the way. Only for the fit and adventurous! Paddlers are welcome to join in on the whole thing, or whichever section your schedule will allow.

For more information contact John Ruskey or 662-627-4070.