Mississippi River headwaters to mouth
Posted by: MaxKarpov on Jul-12-13 1:48 PM (EST)
Hey guys! First time poster here. Seems like quite the community!
I'm planning to paddle the entire Mississippi this fall into the winter. I'm wondering if anyone has experience with the river and camping along it. I'm concerned about the water levels in the early stages, and the availability of camping during more populated stretches.
I'm working to scout and document the feasibility of the river as a potential expansion program for WarriorHike.com. WarriorHike offers returning vets the time and resources to reacclimate to normal, healthy and happy lifestyles, while raising awareness and money for disabled vets.
Any help or suggestions would be great! Thanks in advance.
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Posted by: paddletothesea on Jul-12-13 8:07 PM (EST)
Check out Face Book Groups "Mississippi River Paddlers" and "Lower Mississippi River Padders"...and JOIN....there are about half a dozen people doing the whole Miss right now....links to their blogs and websites there and ask them "live" from the river.
Posted by: redrocket on Jul-30-13 9:25 PM (EST)
You should check out a set of maps put out by riverlorian google it and you can find it. They are a good addition to the corps maps, helped me a lot. I only have experience with the lower miss, and the best advice I can give you is carry extra water. Watch out for the wing dams during high water, they can be sketchy. Cell phone reception was actually pretty good so a smart phone is a great asset. I loved to get on google earth to check progress and see what is ahead. I mounted my solar panels on the center thwart so they were always charging. One more piece of advice, get a tent that the rainfly touches the ground the sand will blow right in if there is any space AT ALL!!!! Good luck you will have the time of your life.
Posted by: glendorado on Jul-31-13 7:24 AM (EST)
this web site for the MN DNR. Just click on the maps for routes, shows water campsites, river levels etc.. You can also get hard copies of maps from them free (last time I picked some up they were free)http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/mississippiriver/index.html This is just for Mn, but a good start.
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Posted by: paddletothesea on Aug-22-13 11:19 AM (EST)