Mississippi River Vicksburg to Natchez
Posted by: llwjrw03 on Dec-14-12 7:41 PM (EST) Category: Destinations
Has anyone ever done a trip on the mississippi around this time of the year from vicksburg to natchez? A freind and I are planning a kayak trip around january 17 or sometime that week. We are planning on it being a two night trip but not sure on the river current this time of the year. Any advice, tips, or info would be greatly appreciated.
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It was slow further up|
Posted by: randy_morgart on Dec-14-12 7:50 PM (EST)
We did a 66 mile trip starting in Hannibal,MO in late Sept. The dams were not letting much water through so there was little current to help. Now the Corps is reducing flow on the Missouri river too. You may find the same conditions further down.
Posted by: llwjrw03 on Dec-14-12 7:54 PM (EST)
The river at natchez was at 9 last week and is expected to be at 15 by next week so hopefully the current will pick up before long. Our trip will be 72 miles so its close to yours. How long did your trip take?
We took three days|
Posted by: randy_morgart on Dec-15-12 10:51 AM (EST)
We had hoped to have two 35 mile days but the best we did was 25 one day and 20 another. It was all experienced paddlers who have done similar mileages so it was optimistic but not overly so.
Posted by: dafishman on Dec-14-12 8:39 PM (EST)
Hopefully the level|
Posted by: llwjrw03 on Dec-14-12 9:39 PM (EST)
wont rise too much before then and there will still be a few sandbars to camp on. we'll prob just take our time, maybe fish a little and relax on the way down. take up the full 3 days
Posted by: radiomix on Dec-15-12 2:30 PM (EST)
Probably won't be a problem. When I was on that stretch last, the water was at 22' at matches and there was plenty of sand bars.
Posted by: dafishman on Dec-15-12 4:15 PM (EST)
You will not have to worry about finding a sandbar to camp on. There will be miles of sandbars where you are going. Even at higher water levels, there will still be plenty of sand.
Posted by: llwjrw03 on Dec-15-12 6:06 PM (EST)
Thanks for the feedback. Its looking like we will leaving vicksburg on friday jan 18 taking our time and getting to Natchez on sunday. Does anyone know of a place to leave your vehicle in vicksburg? I have family in Natchez and Vidalia but was hoping to leave a vehicle in Visksburg and returning to get it on Sunday
Posted by: dafishman on Dec-16-12 5:04 PM (EST)
I am not that intimately familiar with Vicksburg, but check out the area in this link. http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=32.351461,-90.883927&spn=0.005338,0.010568&t=h&z=18 It has a boat launch and I believe public parking. It was the finish line for a kayak race I did earlier this year. It is about a mile from the Mississippi River. You may want to call someone (tourist information, visitor's center) to ask if it is public parking. There is also a casino next to this that has plenty of parking, but you would need to check to see if they would allow a vehicle to be parked there over the weekend.
Posted by: paddletothesea on Dec-14-12 10:00 PM (EST)
got friends who have done the whole river.
Posted by: MLR on Dec-16-12 10:29 AM (EST)
My cousin coordinates a lot of Natchez area activity.