St Louis to Atlantic Ocean Question
Posted by: old_user on Feb-13-11 10:12 PM (EST)
What are the (kayaking) options of getting from the Missouri/Mississippi confluence to the east coast?
I can see the Ohio, Allegheny, Mohawk and Hudson Rivers on the map that lead to New York City but have no idea if that is a navigable route.
I'm currently in trip planning mode and would appreciate any advice/assistance.
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Posted by: captainsmollett on Feb-13-11 10:45 PM (EST)
What is your planned trip route?
St Louis to Atlantic Ocean Question|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-13-11 11:28 PM (EST)
Having kayaked down the Missouri to the confluence I plan to get to the east coast, the final destination is not critical as long as its the Atlantic.
so it is St louis to Atlantic|
Posted by: captainsmollett on Feb-13-11 11:34 PM (EST)
I can't speak much for the Gulf portion of that trip.
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Posted by: old_user on Feb-13-11 11:42 PM (EST)
I hadn't planned on going down the Mississippi to the gulf.
St louis up then|
Posted by: captainsmollett on Feb-13-11 11:57 PM (EST)
so you intend to traverse from St louis northward through the great lakes to the gulf?
st Louis to Atlantic Ocean Question|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-14-11 12:25 AM (EST)
I thought there might be another option than going via the great lakes hence my query regarding the Ohio River.
Posted by: paddletothesea on Feb-14-11 10:23 AM (EST)
i had a friend in 06 paddle solo across the county
here is route of friend from st. louis|
Posted by: paddletothesea on Feb-14-11 10:36 AM (EST)
once he departed st. louis on sept 19th, he paddled the route below solo and arrived at the atlantic ocean on xmas day.....so about 95 days etc.
The upper Savannah is the Chattooga|
Posted by: ezwater on Feb-14-11 12:06 PM (EST)
and the upper 25 miles are a no-boating area. Usually too low, anyway. Section 4 is class 3-4-5 and not friendly to gear laden craft.
Posted by: paddletothesea on Feb-14-11 7:22 PM (EST)
pretty sure my friend did that section solo in a tandem old town 169 with no spray cover. is that the same river with savannaha at the mouth?
I have no idea what your friend did, but|
Posted by: ezwater on Feb-16-11 5:33 PM (EST)
if he was in a Discovery 169 and running the Headwaters, he did a lot of dragging. And if he went through Chattooga Section 4 (the last section above Lake Tugaloo) in that boat, he must have portaged a bunch. The only section of the Chattooga that is fairly easy for a Discovery 169 is Section 2, from hwy 28 down to Earls Ford.
Links regarding the Tennessee river:|
Posted by: SuperTroll on Feb-14-11 11:30 AM (EST)
Allegheny Mountains ?|
Posted by: Mattt on Feb-14-11 3:25 PM (EST)
I can see you geting upriver to Pittsburgh, but getting up the Allegheny all the way would be probalmatic as it starts in the Allegheny mountains, I think. Even if you got up to the headwaters, its still a long way to get over to the Hudson. Mohawk isn't any help to you - it comes down out of the North (above Rome) and runs into the NYS Barge Canal - hiting the canal anywhere will take you to Albany on the Hudson. Up the Allegheny and cross over to the West Branch of the Susquehana might work, then upstream to its source at Otsego L near Cooperstown NY , if you could get a shuttle ride - from there to the Barge Canal, your homefree. at least that works "on paper" might be you can find some other canal systems in PA that would take you to the Susq. - once on the Susq, you could go North, or turn downstream and take it to Atlantic via Chesapeake
Alleghany to Susquehanna|
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Feb-14-11 3:54 PM (EST)
You can go upstream on the Alleghany and portage to the Susquehanna River basin via a historic portage route near Emporium PA. Then its down the Susquehanna to the Chesapeake Bay; no need to go upstream. The Susquehanna as you get further downstream becomes almost a mile wide, and almost a foot deep. No commercial boat traffic to worry about and easier to find a place to overnight.
St Louis to Atlantic Ocean - Thanks|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-14-11 10:25 PM (EST)
Thanks for all the replies, the options have given me plenty of ideas to plan a route to the east coast.
Posted by: rblturtle on Feb-25-11 5:57 AM (EST)
You could go up the Allegany to the Connowango up it to the cassadega to the Chadiquoin up that into Chitauqua lake and then do the ancient carry into lake Erie,then a short way to Buffalo and then the Erie canal to the Hudson.
Still another option!|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-25-11 9:45 AM (EST)
I don't know much about his route, but this paddler went up though the great lakes.
Not quite what you're doing|
Posted by: Kentucky_Dave on May-25-11 2:15 PM (EST)
But maybe look at some of the "Great Loop" literature out there. Power boaters do it all the time and there is a great deal of information about it.
Cross-Country by Boat|
Posted by: mlrahn on May-25-11 6:42 PM (EST)
You might be interested in reading River-Horse by William Least Heat-Moon. His primary vessel was powered but had a kayak for short sections. He was trying to emulate the Lewis and Clark expedition. He went up the Hudson and followed the Erie Canal west. I recall he had difficulties when the Erie and other canals were not open to traffic when he arrived. Enjoy.