Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
Vol 9 No1c, January 23, 2013
This weekend Jane 24-27th is the Clarksdale Film Festival, put on by the same people who produce the Juke Joint Festival. See below for full schedule of films, workshops, music, and etc. The Mighty Quapaws are back at home base and in the wood shop building canoes. Here below Mark “River” Peoples shares with you the importance of the canoe, to us, and to all Americans:
The Mark River Blog
As I board my flight from Boston, I'm excited knowing my connecting flight will be Detroit. This almost guarantees glimpses of the Great Lakes, some of my favorite bodies of freshwater. With the weather mild and clear, I will be entertained by the shear joy of my hyperbolic view of the enormous bodies of freshwater.
I start to drift mentally towards my challenges ahead. The Mighty Quapaws will be constructing a new voyageur canoe, so I feel blessed to apart of something so sacred and spiritual.
I see my first lake, Ontario, then I start to think about the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the voyageur’s passage to the Great Lakes and all the portages eventually making it to the Mississippi River. These expeditions and explorations were the start of the vision for the great civilization which we enjoy today.
They were accomplished by canoe.
From the Native Americans, voyageurs, and explorers to modern day adventurers like us the canoe was the most preferred and efficient way of travel. The French-styled canoe was designed to carry large amounts of gear and handle large wakes and surf. They were essential to the fur trader’s profitability. With the bounty of fur-bearing mammals and the high demand for fur in the European fashion world, the voyageur canoeist was a great way of life. The canoe was the vehicle that created commerce and connected various groups together for the sake of humanity and sustainability.
The late Ralph Frese re-ignited the tradition of building big canoes from his workshop near the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, and shared it with many other people. One of those people he taught was John Ruskey, my mentor, who has gone on and built many big canoes for adventure and exploration on the Lower Mississippi River.
The connection is made. I'm now headed to Memphis anticipating my first glimpse of the Mississippi River in 30 days, but the day has turned cloudy as the Delta is getting pummeled by rain.
My mind goes back to the canoe.
The canoe leaves no trace. It's the most efficient, economical, environmental friendly and non-polluting form of travel. It's operated by the shear muscle power of the human body. People who come together to canoe enjoy the beautiful playgrounds the Creator has blessed us with as one. It's great for you mentally and physically and it puts you back in place with your natural existence. It can also teach you life-lessons about character, discipline, selfishness, trust, honesty, responsibility and intestinal fortitude. Through all your efforts in the canoe, you can achieve high levels of self-esteem and self-worth, which are essential to wellness and quality of life.
I recall the Mighty Quapaw trip to Kettle Falls, WA. I sit on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Kettle River and the Columbia River. The sun beaming down on me from the east while I watch an Osprey hovering, looking for it's first meal of the morning. For 9000 years Native American tribes had come to Kettle Falls for the great salmon run. There was a 3 tier waterfall that hosted one of the greatest salmon migrations of it's time. With the end of the Great Depression and the need for socio-economic growth, the Grand Cooley Dam was constructed to create jobs in energy, tourism, recreation and agricultural. With the building of the dam, a reservoir was created and the salmon run ceased. We teamed up with the Voyagers of Rediscovery and the Kettle Falls School District to build a dugout canoe for the town in honor of it's lost heritage and to sooth the resentment of a lost geological treasure. With the collective efforts of the Mighty Quapaws, Voyagers of Rediscovery, and the Kettle Falls community we returned the salmon back to the Kettle Falls in the form of a epic canoe named "Tyee", which means salmon in the Chinook language. With all the community involvement, we were able to build the canoe in twelve days. Chinook elder and canoe builder George Lagergren mentored my teacher, John Ruskey, in the Chinook dugout tradition, and now John is mentoring us. Traditions started in the North Woods and the West Coast - now being carried down the Mississippi River by the Mighty Quapaws. Today John’s big canoes are found from the Big Muddy Missouri to the Columbia River of the West to the mouth of the Mississippi.
Back in the plane we prepare for landing. I'm excited about the descent out of the clouds so I can get my first glimpse of the mighty Mississippi river. According to the gauge the river has risen 24 ft. since I left and it shows in the numerous sandbars that are now underwater. Man, It's great to be home.
I arrive in Clarksdale with the surprise of the little Sunflower River in flood stage. It's not "little" anymore. The river has taken it's original path back. I stare at the trees half submerged comparing geological locations of natural objects in order to calculate the distance of which the river has risen. Some trees are uprooted and heading downstream. Rafts of fire ants float by. The birds hover over the banks and floating logs eating insects, invertebrates and other aerators of the soil who have been flushed out by the rising river.
I stand next to the Quapaw canoes.
The canoe is a vessel of life that connects us to all that is natural and real. With the construction of the next Quapaw canoe, it's not about the construction itself, but the relationships formed and the sharing of information handed down for generations and generations to come. It's important to share and pass, on life lessons and knowledge for the betterment of family and humanity, through your existence and legacy. Personally, if you leave this life without sharing and teaching the next generation what someone passed on to you, then the cycle is not complete. You should "leave no trace" physically, but mentally leave a legacy.
I sip my chai tea realizing the emotion leading up to the making of the canoe. I think about the route that I've taken by air, and that it could have been made by canoe.
I think about Ralph Frese and George Lagergren teaching John Ruskey. And now he's teaching us.
Find your canoe. Let us help you. Quapaw Canoe Company. www.island63.com
Become a river citizen at www.1Mississippi.org
Circumnavigation of Big Island
A Learning Adventure February 18-28, 2013
Presented by the Lower Mississippi River Foundation
On Monday, February 18, 2013 “Big Muddy” Mike Clark & “Driftwood Johnnie” John Ruskey will embark on a 10-day circumnavigation of Big Island by canoe as a learning adventure for the benefit of sponsoring schools and classrooms throughout the region.
Starting at Rosedale Mississippi the explorers will paddle downstream the Mighty Mississippi to the Arkansas River Confluence, and make base camp #1 for several days of natural science research and documentation. The Arkansas is the biggest and wildest confluence on the entire Lower Mississippi, full of bear, wild boar, birds and strange muddy landscapes. During the Great Flood of 2011 the Arkansas began carving a new outlet to the Mississippi in a violent explosion of water coursing behind Cat Island. This new outlet and the cutting process will be explored in detail.
The explorers will next paddle up the great Arkansas River 43 miles, around several dozen giant river meanders in the fashion of Lewis & Clark (or their contemporaries Hunter-Dunbar, who explored central Arkansas up the Ouachita River) . This portion will involve very difficult upstream paddling, poling and cordelling (the French word for pulling a boat with a long rope). At Base Camp #2 the adventure duo will continue research and documentation in the dark heart of the deepest woods of Big Island. Finding sign of the reclusive Louisiana Black Bear will be one of the tasks at hand, as well as conducting a bird and amphibian count. The team will be collecting data about pallid sturgeon for the US Fish & Wildlife and assisting Audubon Arkansas with their annual bird count. The next challenge will be to locate a suitable back channel oxbow or wetlands to cross over and reach the White River. A route will have to be scouted through the briars, snake-infested woods and alligator swamps. The explorers will then manually portage all of their gear and canoes from the Arkansas River to the White River, a process that might require one long dirty day.
Now begins the downstream portion of the adventure. The explorers will paddle approximately twenty miles of the White River, a very remote and wild river which is here surrounded by the White River National Wildlife Refuge. Base Camp #3 will be established for the exploration of some of the most remote bayous around which are found the giant Bald Cypress, a favorite haunt for bears, raccoons, prothonotary warblers and bald eagles. The mouth of the White is now fenced at the Mississippi by its newest lock and dam, through which the adventurers will have to negotiate by being flushed through a 1200 foot lock chamber controlled by 120-ton steel gates. The last segment of the journey is a 25 mile run down the Mighty Mississippi, along the way the explorers will visit a steamboat wreck (the Victor) which was exposed in the 2011 Flood, in the Old Channel of the White behind Montgomery Island.
Big Island is a truly spectacular natural phenomena, a landscape cut by, flooded by and defined by three biggest and most important rivers of deep south, the Mississippi, the Arkansas and the White. This will be the first documented circumnavigation of Big Island in the history of its existence.
For more information about the circumnavigation please contact Mike Clark firstname.lastname@example.org or John Ruskey email@example.com.February, 2013
CLARKSDALE FILM FESTIVAL
January 24-27, 2013
3rd annual CLARKSDALE FILM FESTIVAL puts Mississippi under the Hollywood spotlight — January 24-27, 2013
Film subjects range from Civil Rights to special needs, from Delta blues to rock 'n roll — with Mississippi movies, live music, history tours, special guests and more!
(CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI) For its third year in a row, the Clarksdale Film Festival aims to make you laugh, cry and, occasionally, rock out. Organizers promise attendees a feast of Mississippi and Southern filmmaking – plus a little fresh popcorn.
According to Garden & Gun magazine, "Mississippi gets its close-up... to celebrate the Magnolia State's films and filmmakers" at the festival.
"The Clarksdale Film Festival isn't just about great movies," said Nan Hughes, president of the non-profit that organizes the event. "It's also a wonderful excuse to experience the entertainment and restaurant mini-mecca that our revitalized downtown has become. What other small Delta town offers such great movies, food, history tours, museums, shopping and live music in the middle of winter?"
The Clarksdale Film Festival runs Thursday-Sunday, January 24-27. The main downtown screening venue is historic Delta Cinema (11 Third Street) with a secondary venue at Channel Ziltch (119 Third Street). More information is available at www.jukejointfestival.com or 662-624-5992. Tickets are $5 per day or $10 for a weekend pass; available at the Delta Cinemas box office during festival hours. Official festival hats and shirts are also available.
"We're showcasing over two dozen Mississippi, Southern and blues music films in three theaters," explained Roger Stolle, co-organizer of the event and owner of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art in Clarksdale. "The details are at our film fest web page – http://www.jukejointfestival.com/film_fest.php – but we'll also feature live blues by Sean "Bad" Apple, screenwriting workshops by Coop Cooper, history bus tours by Robert Birdsong, a presentation by MS Film Office director Ward Emling and Q&As with filmmakers like Patricia Aquino (The Last White Knight)."
Delta Cinema highlights of the Carksdale Film Festival include nightly features: Thursday, Jan. 24 - Ghosts of Ole Miss (ESPN 30 For 30 documentary); Friday, Jan. 25 - Live at the Checkboard Lounge (Muddy Waters & the Rolling Stones); and Saturday, Jan. 26 - The Last White Knight (with complimentary hors d'oeuvres by OXBOW Market).
Channel Ziltch highlights include screenings of award-winning music films like "We Juke Up in Here," "M for Mississippi," "You See Me Laughin'" and more.
Another highlight of the busy weekend will be the public unveiling of the historic Paramount Theater sign by Bubba O'Keefe at 12 noon on Friday, January 25th. Covered for years with Super Soul Shop signage, the vintage theater marquee will be uncovered, and future plans include a restoration of the once-flourishing venue located at 258 Yazoo Avenue, downtown.
Several downtown Clarksdale restaurants are also getting into the act with a related, casual Restaurant Film Series – including Bluesberry Cafe, RUST, Stone Pony Pizza and Delta Amusement Cafe.
Such an ambitious schedule of Clarksdale Film Festival activities wouldn't be possible without strong community support.
"Just like with the other festival we put on [Juke Joint Festival] we want to thank all of our generous sponsors and volunteers," said co-organizer Goldie Hirsberg. Sponsors include Clarksdale/Coahoma County Tourism and C Spire Wireless. For a complete list of sponsors, please visit www.jukejointfestival.com.
A sampling of the official Clarksdale Film Festival schedule is below:
THURSDAY, JAN. 24... Delta Cinema
5:30pm - Sean "Bad" Apple performs live blues.
6:45pm - Monkeys Riding Dogs (3 min.; ESPN E60) – Short film on Pontotoc, Mississippi's "Ghost Riders" that perform in Clarksdale each year as part of Juke Joint Festival weekend.
6:50pm - Ghosts of Ole Miss (55 min.; ESPN 30 for 30) – In the fall of 1962, James Meredith walked onto the University of Mississippi campus and integrated the school under order and protection of the federal government. That same fall, the Ole Miss football team was in the midst of its only perfect season in school history. Fifty years later and based on Clarksdale, Mississippian Wright Thompson's examination of those events, "Ghosts of Ole Miss" explores the intersection of one of the most significant moments in the Civil Rights movement with a team of young men caught in the middle of history.
FRIDAY, JAN. 25... Delta Cinema
5:30pm - Sean "Bad" Apple performs live blues.
12 noon - Hard Times (69 min.) - A story of Delta blues gone North, starring (now) 80-year-old Mississippi bluesman Big George Brock; produced by Damien Blaylock and Roger Stolle.
2pm - 26th Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival film (68 min.) - Concert film capturing one of the world's great blues fests... in nearby Helena, AR; produced by Gary Vincent.
4pm - April's Way (35 min.) - Born with Spina Bifida, April defies the odds by living. But when she outgrows the school system and no adult day programming is available, her family must find a way for her to continue; directed by Candace Harralson.
5pm - Coahoma Community College: 60 Years of Fulfilling a Dream (10 min.) - The story of CCC in Clarksdale, Mississippi, one of the last remaining historically black colleges in Mississippi; directed by Scott Jennison.
6:45pm – Trailer for Cheesehead Blues (6 min.) - Special movie trailer preview for Cheesehead Blues: The Adventures of a Dutchman in the Delta with an introduction by Rock & BluesMuseum founder (and film's star) Theo Dasbach.
7pm – Muddy Waters & Rolling Stones in Live at the Checkerboard Lounge (106 min.; Eagle Rock Entertainment) - Mississippi theatrical premiere, with an introduction by Rock & Blues Museum founder Theo Dasbach. On Nov. 22, 1981, the Rolling Stones dropped in at the Checkerboard Lounge to jam with Mississippi-born Muddy Waters and his band. Blues guitarist Buddy Guy sat in along with his partner, harmonica legend Junior Wells. The Stones-Muddy gig was caught on film. The original footage has been restored and polished, and the acclaimed Bob Clearmountain remixed and mastered the sound.
1pm - Moses Williams (27 min.) - 1976 B&W video interview/performance with Mississippi-born, Florida-raised one-string blues guitarist Moses Williams; produced by Dwight DeVane.
2pm - Barefoot Workshops 2012 shorts (times tba) - Chandler Griffin's Barefoot Workshops returns to Clarksdale each year to document the people, places and cultures here; this is the latest batch of film shorts; various directors/producers.
3pm - Watermelon Slim (18 min.) - The fun and fascinating story of entertainer, philosopher, activist and blues musician Watermelon Slim -- a Clarksdale migrant and enthusiast; produced by Karen Kohlhass and Barefoot Workshops.
3:30pm - King of Fife (18 min.) - The late, great blues legend Otha Turner was known as king of the cane fife; he also hosted hugely popular, musical picnics in Gravel Springs, Mississippi, up till passing in his mid-90s; directed by Scott Jennison.
4pm - Living Blues (44 min.) - 2004 Turner South documentary beautifully captures the Mississippi Delta and Hill Country blues scene of the time, including footage of Big Jack Johnson, Super Chikan, Otha Turner, Jesse Mae Hemphill and other artists; directed by Scott Jennison.
SATURDAY, JAN. 26... Delta Cinema
11am-12 noon - Coop Cooper conducts "Writing a Screenplay for Hollywood" workshop.
1pm-2pm - Coop Cooper conducts "Writing a Screenplay for Independent Films" workshop.
5pm -Special guest Ward Emling, director of the Mississippi Film Office, speaks on the 40th anniversary of the office. In addition to the anniversary, Emling will touch on the Mississippi Film Office's assistance for independent filmmakers in Mississippi as well as the state's current emphasis on the region's growing "creative economy."
6pm - Sean "Bad" Apple performs live blues.
6pm - Complimentary hors d'oeuvres courtesy of OXBOW Market (while quantities last)
HISTORY BUS TOURS (Sat only):
Historian Robert Birdsong takes you on a fascinating film, music, literary & theater bus tour of Clarksdale. (First come, first serve.)
Noon - Wait for bus at Delta Cinemas, 11:45am.
1:30pm - Wait for bus at Delta Cinemas, 1:15pm.
12 noon - Delta 180: Changing Lives in the Mississippi Delta (28 min) - Still evolving story of despair turned into hope, about at-risk youth in Greenville, Mississippi, and about their journey towards a more hopeful future made through an innovative, grass-roots mentoring and life skills program.
1pm - Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till (71 min.) - In an acting tour de force, one man performs 36 roles in the telling of the Emmett Till tragedy; a masterful performance by Mike Wiley; directed by Rob Underhill; produced by Underhill, Aravind Ragupathi, Mike Wiley.
3pm - Regress (8 min.) - Told in reverse, the story begins with a murder, then rewinds to reveal the reasons behind this shocking crime; directed by Coop Cooper.
3:20pm - S for Sally (13 min.) - When her 10-year-old daughter Sally starts having difficulties, Mona sets out to help her despite no support from her husband Phil, the schools or the church; filmed in Oxford, Mississippi; directed by Melanie Lynn Addington.
3:45pm - Girl by a Phone Booth (40 sec.) - A short film experiment in minimalism; directed by Daniel Lee Perea.
3:50pm - The Road Less Traveled (3 min., 20 sec.) - Music video by Jake Wood; directed by Daniel Lee Perea; produced by Laura Warner.
4pm - Third Shift (32 min.) - Elaine and Melinda are hold up in a small town diner. They've been on the run and are now pinned in a corner. They know they've been followed, but by whom; directed by Glenn Payne; produced by Payne and Michael Williams.
5pm - We Didn't Get Famous: The Story of the Southern Music Underground, 1978-1990 (35 min.) - The story of a forgotten moment in Southern and music history; directed by Camilla Ann Aikin.
7pm – The Last White Knight (79 min.) - Mississippi theatrical premiere with special guest, co-producer Patricia Aquino, down from Canada to introduce the film and host a Q&A afterward, assisted by Clarksdale filmmaker Coop Cooper. (Note: Bluesman Sean "Bad" Apple plays on the soundtrack and will perform in the lobby beforehand.) The plot: In 1965, 21-year-old Torontonian, Paul Saltzman drove to Mississippi, volunteering as a civil rights worker with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. He was arrested, spending 10 days in jail. He was assaulted by a young Klansman. In 2007, Saltzman returned to find the KKK member who had punched him in the head, to explore if individual reconciliation was possible. He found him and a 5 year dialogue has ensued. His assailant was Byron de la Beckwith Jr. whose father, Byron de la Beckwith Sr., murdered NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers. Directed by Paul Saltzman; produced by Saltzman and Patricia Aquino.
12 noon - Boogaloo & Eden: Sustaining the Sound (29 min.) - From 1999, the story of an unlikely partnership forged through a mutual love of music and the piano -- starring Boogalo Ames and Eden Brent; produced by Cypress Bend Productions and Mississippi Educational Television.
1pm - True Delta (36 min.) - The filmmakers interview historians who explain the culture behind this essential American music. They also showcase Mississippi musicians who attest to the importance of the blues remaining culturally relevant; directed by Lee Quinby and Daniel Cowen.
2pm - Blind Faith preview (3 min.) - Preview of forthcoming feature film that tells the story of blind sculptress Sharon McConnell's mission to document Mississippi's greatest living blues musicians through stunning "life casts" of their expressive faces; produced by Damien Blaylock and David Hughes.
2:10pm - Echoes 'Cross the Tracks (79 min.) - Film festival premiere of Mississippi blues documentary that tells both personal stories of the blues and of a tie between Clarksdale, Mississippi, and Notodden, Norway. Musicians include Big Jack Johnson, Super Chikan and more; directed by Scott Jennison.
4pm - Deep Blues (91 min.) - Classic travelogue blues film from 1990. Narrator Robert Palmer travels from Memphis to Mississippi in search of deep blues in deep places. Performers include R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Jack Owens, Wade Walton, Booba Barnes, Lonnie Pitchford and more; directed by Robert Mugge.
SUNDAY, JAN. 25... Delta Cinema
1pm - Jesus is My Rock: A celebration of Gospel music from Oxford and Lafayette Co., MS (63 min.) - Live concert film -- interspersed with interviews -- featuring gospel groups from North Mississippi; directed by Tyler Keith.
2:30pm - All Jams on Deck (96 min.) - Shot on the October 2010 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise to the Mexican Riviera, the subject of the film is blues jamming; directed by Robert Mugge; produced by Mugge with Diana Zelman; executive producer Roger Naber.
CHANNEL ZILTCH (day/times TBA... schedule on web site)
- You See Me Laughin' (77 min.) - Takes a look at the often untamed lifestyles of the last great North Mississippi bluesmen and the Oxford, Mississippi-based label, Fat Possum Records, that struggled to record them; directed by Mandy Stein.
- M for Mississippi (94 min.) - Blues producers Jeff Konkel and Roger Stolle set off on a week-long road-trip through Mississippi visiting a dozen real-deal bluesmen -- R.L. Boyce, T-Model Ford, The Mississippi Marvel, Bilbo Walker, L.C. Ulmer and more; 2009 Blues Music Award (BMA) winner; produced by Roger Stolle, Jeff Konkel and Damien Blaylock.
- We Juke Up in Here (63 min.) - From the makers of M for Mississippi, this BMA-nominated film captures the last of the Delta's juke joints and the blues characters that play them; the story centers around self-proclaimed "king of the juke joint runners," Clarksdale's Red Paden; musicians include Big A, Gearshifter, Duck Holmes, Harmonica Bean and more; produced by Jeff Konkel, Roger Stolle, Damien Blaylock and Lou Bopp
- The Blues (90 min.) - Award-winning, archival The Blues film comes to us via Robert Gibbons and Canadian television circa 1966. It features rare interviews and beautiful performances by Mississippi natives Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Otis Spann, Sunnyland Slim, Bukka White and more -- all caught in their prime, in a comfortable setting.
- Dedan le Sud de la Louisiane a.k.a. In the South of Louisiana (45 min.) - A Southern music movie classic by French filmmaker de Jean-Pierre Bruneau featuring a beautifully shot, travelogue study of Cajun music and culture, circa 1974.
- Jimmie Rodgers 2011 Folk Alliance Awards Documentary (short film) - Documentary film highlights Meridian, Mississippi's famous "singing brakeman," the blues-influenced (and influential) country singer Jimmie Rodgers.
Roger Stolle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nan Hughes, email@example.com
Quapaw Canoe Co.
Winter 2013 Schedule
Saturday, Feb 16th, 12 noon
Friends of the Sunflower River
General Annual Membership Meeting
12 noon on the Deck of the Sunflower Walk
(3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi, next to Quapaw Canoe Company)
Feb 18-28, 2013
Circumnavigation of Big Island
10-day circumnavigation of Big Island by canoe as a learning adventure for the benefit of sponsoring schools and classrooms throughout the region. Big Island is a truly spectacular natural phenomena, a landscape cut by, flooded by and defined by three biggest and most important rivers of deep south, the Mississippi, the Arkansas and the White. This will be the first documented canoe circumnavigation of Big Island in the history of its existence. With “Big Muddy” Mike of Big Muddy Adventures for the students and teachers of St. Ann's of Normandy (St. Louis).
The Helena Outpost of Quapaw Canoe Company will be moving into a new permanent location set into the river levee at 107 Perry with dugout canoe carving, artwork, maps, river rocks & fossils, fantastic driftwood, and an impressive incredible collection of canoes, kayaks and stand-up-paddleboards (SUPs) all awaiting your use on the Mississippi River to now public-use Buck Island and the mouth of the St. Francis River.
Saturday, April 6th
Naturefest at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science paddling on the Pearl River with the Mighty Quapaws!
High Water Tour #1
5-day circumnavigation of the legendary Greenville Bends, storied loops of the Lower Mississippi River, moonshiner haven, river pirates and ancient native homeland, rich forests and vibrant wildlife.
High Water Tour #2
Arkansas City to Vicksburg
126 miles. One week exploration of the Lower Mississippi River from Choctaw Island to the mouth of the Yazoo River at Vicksburg.
High Water Tour #3
Caruthersville to Memphis
113 miles. One week exploration of the Big River from Caruthersville, Missouri to Memphis, Tennessee with visits to all four of the legendary Chickasaw Bluffs and paddling past the mouths of most of the important tributary rivers of Western Tennessee, the Obion, the Hatchie, the Loosahatchie and the Wolf.
High Water Tour #4
Upper Mississippi Delta
Memphis to Helena
73 miles. 4-day exploration of the all of the many habitats found aloung the Lower Mississippi River leaving from from Memphis, Tennessee and dropping into the wild Mississipi Delta, past all of the casinos and big islands, and the mouth of the St. Francis River.
Get to know YOUR river!