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Mississippi River Trip
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posted 07-30-2003 06:16 PM ET (US)
Well, I have been glued to the History Channel all day watching the " The Mighty Mississippi " and I have the urge to make a trip down the river from Cincinnati to the Big Easy.
Does anyone here have any first or good second hand knowledge of the river and information they would like to
I would be planning to take my 16/17 foot Currituck and make it home for a few weeks.
Any comments would be welcome.
posted 08-01-2003 07:17 AM ET (US)
Please keep us informed. Sounds like an incredible trip! When would you depart?
posted 08-01-2003 10:21 AM ET (US)
My father and I are in the early planning stages for his lifelong "dream trip" which is to begin in Chatanooga, TN and end up in Bluffton, SC. TN river from Chattanooga to Paducha KY, Ohio River from Paducha to the Mississippi River, Miss to The Big Easy, Around the Gulf to Ft. Myers FL, Across FL via Lake Okeechobee and up the intercoastal waterway to Bluffton, SC (where we have a river house).
We have scaled it off and it is approximately 2,750 miles. We are eyeing a 23' Conquest for the trip and planning to alternate overnights on the boat one on one off.
We figure it would take us 8 to 10 weeks.
Now all I have to do is win the lottery!!!
Keep us posted on your progress.
posted 08-01-2003 01:18 PM ET (US)
Flawton: I am just in the planning stages myself. Weather conditions and the Denver Mint production schedule will have a great gearing on the "When" .
Your trip has lot of my course in it...but the extra milage will cost a bunch more. I will keep you informed so we don't place to much of an impact on the GNP.
posted 08-01-2003 01:29 PM ET (US)
Sounds like you should grab that 23 Conquest diesel--prob. be great for such a trip.
posted 08-01-2003 03:31 PM ET (US)
I saw that diesel powered conquest which i agree would be a great boat for this trip.
The only kicker is that If we can ever get it together to do it I would probably want to keep the boat after the trip for local fishing and I feel like an outbaord would be better for my local excursions.
posted 08-06-2003 02:11 PM ET (US)
I will give you a word of caution when it comes to boating on the "Big Muddy" aka Mississippi River. That river is very unforgiving and has an extremely strong current. My own experience with the river is from around the Memphis area. The best advice for small boats - stay away from it- it will hurt you. If you are not aboard either a tugboat pushing barges or the Delta Queen paddle boat I would not go out there.
Some of the dangers:
the current is so strong there is debris including trees etc that you can't even see because of the muddy water.
if you lose power there is no way on God's green earth you will get an anchor to hold in that silt/mud.
it is hard to chart because sand bars are moving all of the time. The pilot licenses issued are for very short spans of the river.
I can go on and on.
You must have respect for that river!!!
posted 08-07-2003 12:57 AM ET (US)
Thanks whalerpoor , your information is what I was hoping to receive here. Your advice will be taken very seriour.
Anyone else have details to share?
posted 08-07-2003 11:38 PM ET (US)
Many trip narratives I have read always mention the difficulty of obtaining dockside gasoline fuel.
Federal laws regarding pollution and the fines they impose have drive many waterway operators to give up on selling and storing gasoline. The big two boats are apparently re-fueled by barges on appointment schedules.
Read "River Horse" by William Least Heat-Moon. Very interesting account of river boating.
posted 08-11-2003 09:56 PM ET (US)
Thanks Jim for the info of fuel availabilty. Looks like I will need to take along some totable gas cans and cab fare or one of those small rubber hoses we use to use as teenagers for the times the old man didn't leave us with a full tank.
I still hate the taste of unleaded.
posted 08-14-2003 08:11 AM ET (US)
I thought about this trip for the past week or so and then it finally hit me - a better/safer trip would be to go into the Tennessee River and then down the Tom Bigbee Waterway.
posted 08-18-2003 03:33 PM ET (US)
Have done both the Tenn Tom and the Tenn in my 89 montauk.
great river, the Tenn, and the Tenn Tom is interesting. Lots of gas and places to stay. Most of the Tenn Tom is smooth water.
posted 08-01-2006 04:19 PM ET (US)
Looking to bring diesel cruiser up the tom bigbee waterway the up then ohio river to cincinnati, any info on diesel availability or any tips
posted 08-02-2006 11:23 AM ET (US)
What Conquest Diesel? Where?
posted 08-02-2006 11:29 AM ET (US)
While an interesting thread, it is 3 years old. That Conquest is long gone.
posted 08-08-2006 07:14 PM ET (US)
Just a thought about the mississippi river.
The corp of engineers maintains the main channel at about 12 feet deep or deeper. Stay within the green and red bouys marking the commercial channel and you should be ok.
Wings dams, stumps, sand bars etc all pose hazards for boaters.
I have a 205 Eastport (Conquest 205) and easily anchored it in the main channel.
posted 08-10-2006 07:39 PM ET (US)
It's been awhile but, 20 years ago two friends and I took my 17-foot Montauk from Ft. Lauderdale to New York to Chicago to New Orleans by water. We had more fun then three guys should be allowed.
Anyway, when I took the trip down the Mighty Miss there was a 400 mile stretch along the lower Mississippi with no fuel docks. Such being the case, we went east on the Ohio River south on the Tennessee River to the Tenn Tom Waterway to the Tombigbee River then Mobile Bay the Gulf then west to New Orleans. We also took a side trip up the Black Warrior River to Tuscaloosa, AL and the University of Alabama (highly recommended, especially for the college football game at Alabama Stadium).
The people are beyond friendly and the scenery beautiful. However there are quite a few locks and commercial traffic takes precedent. One lock we had to wait over five hours to enter and finally locked through about 1:00am. Worked out great though as we were able to trade a commercial tug a 6-pack of cold beer for over a pound of ground round, which we cooked on the shore on our portable stove.
Also, the waterskiing is unbelievable just be careful as there are some pretty poisonious snakes out there.
First thing you need to do is purchase the Waterway Guide and/or Quimby's Cruising Guide. Both can be found on the web at there respective websites.
Good luck and have fun.
posted 08-14-2006 11:12 AM ET (US)
If it were me, I would start in Minneapolis and go to St. Louis.
The river is smaller pretty easy to navigate. I will be on it from Thursday-Monday this week, with a 23 Walkaround, 16’ 7 Sakonnet and a 28 Bertram. Mostly hanging around the Lake City Wabasha area.
Beautiful scenery and at least into Iowa fuel is not an issue.
I have been told that most of the trip south of St. Louis is just looking at levies.
posted 09-05-2006 01:15 AM ET (US)
Traveling down the Mississippi was a lifelong dream for my husband as well. We took off in June 2001, after planning for 8 months and hauled our 22" twenty-year old Bayliner across the country and put it in the Mississippi at the Watergate Marina, in St. Paul. Our plan was to travel to New Orleans. I won't go into every experience but the adventure was incredible. We did end up going over to the Tennessee River for a week while we rush ordered more fuel tanks for the boat. We got back home just two days before 9/11. Since that time we have traveled many times in other boats up and down the Mississppi. It is definately my husband's favorite river. BUT, it is a SERIOUS river not a relaxing cruise. If you like adventure the lower Mississippi is more that kind of a trip. Here are some things that we learned from our cruises.
1. The 22' boat was small and we were lucky.It was a single engine and really you should have twin engines for this trip. We were very lucky on the first trip, since then we hve moved up to bigger boats with twin engines.
We have learn much of this the hard way. We have spent alot of time cruising the lower Mississippi and only once did we see another cruiser. Good luck.
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