Mississippi Delta Current?
Posted by: old_user on Feb-17-11 9:34 PM (EST)
I am considering kayaking the very end of the Mississippi River delta here:
I am a ham radio operator and have a very specific reason for wanting to do this (6M Grid Square hunting if anyone is interested) but have no idea of whether I can actually kayak out to Burrwood Bayou on the Southwest Passage of the delta (http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=28.962417,-89.376869&spn=0.036872,0.109863&z=14) from Venice, LA....and back.
I have read that there is a scour hole just north of Burrwood Island and imagine that any channel from the actual river to the gulf has a high flow rate. In addition, I have no idea whether I could actually paddle back up river, even in the side channels.
Does anyone have any idea if this can be done?
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Posted by: paddletothesea on Feb-19-11 2:57 PM (EST)
Please clarify "miss delta" MOST 99% people think the Miss delta is the mouth of the Mississippi where it empties into the Gulf. WRONG!!!]
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Posted by: old_user on Feb-20-11 11:24 AM (EST)
Indeed you are correct - the Mississippi Delta area is a region in the state of Mississippi while the Mississippi River Delta is the end of the river. I would think that all but the most strident pendants would know what I am referring to.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-21-11 9:31 AM (EST)
It can be done. I paddled the Mississippi in '09 and hit Venice in August. I wanted to go to mile 0, Venice is mile 10. The channel is basically riprap on both sides from Venice to mile 0. The current is not bad maybe 1 - 2 mph in the middle of the channel, much less along the banks.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-22-11 12:46 PM (EST)
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Posted by: old_user on Feb-22-11 2:42 PM (EST)
. . . mid-channel but you probably don't want to be mid-channel anyway because of the ocean going ship traffic. As you get closer to mile 0 there are breaks in the river bank but I don't think there is much if any current. You might want to consider a hand held VHF to monitor ship traffic.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-22-11 11:14 PM (EST)
Believe me, I have every intention of avoiding the large ships. My head is going to be on a swivel.
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Posted by: old_user on Feb-23-11 7:51 AM (EST)
. . . no perceptable current near the breaks. If you are in a kayak ships are a problem because you can't see behind you. They are also pretty fast and very quiet. The river below Venice is also pretty narrow.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-23-11 11:45 AM (EST)
Thank you very much for your help, I appreciate your time.
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Posted by: ezwater on Mar-17-11 11:56 PM (EST)
stream velocity, but at the gauge down by Venice they do not report velocity.