What you read/heard about power boats is correct.
Further south you go; the more horsepower they allow. Don't know the exact numbers, but can gurantee you it's way more than needed for fishing. Of course fishing is not the intention of the "jon boat jockies".
Some of them are a real hazards(drunk/possibly stoned)to navigation. Have seen one of them pull into Cave Spring on the Current under power. Cave Spring is a spot where "many" people take a break, paddling from the river into the cave entrance. Have seen "many" jon boaters come around blind curves, and do 180 or complete 360 degree spins, after losing control of their boat. Their have been instances of them running over swimmers in the river, and canoes.
Old timers on the Current river didn't need Black Max motors on a jon boat; they poled & paddled their wooden, home made jon boats for fishing. Of course they were not trying to set their hair on fire, going from point A to point B.
Cahokia: Great idea; wonderful, fascinating spot to visit.
Touring Kayak Paddles
URCHIN Portable Anchor
Gedi Convertible Helmet
Deck Rigging Gear
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