Trips

Trips

Please Note: Paddling times may vary based on river conditions, weather and the paddler’s ability.  View skill level guide below trip list. 

All
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Advanced

Chain of Rocks Hazard/Portage

  Just north of St. Louis, a set of rapids known as the Chain of Rocks stretches across the river. The Chain is no longer entirely natural. A low-head dam also stretches across the river, so...

No comment
Advanced

Louisiana to Paddlers Pass

Enjoy the mighty Mississippi by experiencing Paddlers Pass.  This unique area between two islands provides perfect water for practicing your paddling skills.  It also provides a nice...

No comment
Advanced

Saverton to Louisiana

This trip will require shuttling to Saverton boat ramp.  An adventure awaits on this pristine section of trail that encourages adventure and exploration. ...

No comment
Advanced

Louisiana to Clarksville

Make it a day or stay overnight.  Paddlers can explore the lower section of the water trail, have a picnic lunch on an island, and experience locking through at Locks and Dam 24. ...

No comment
Beginner

Two Rivers Marina

Trip Length: 1-2 hours At the Two Rivers North Access Area and follow the shoreline downstream to Two Rivers Marina.  Here you can visit the marina store for supplies.  Once you have...

No comment
Beginner

Calumet Creek Natural Area

If you are looking for a nice creek paddle with little current this is the paddle for you. Enjoy a leisurely one mile paddle up to the Calumet Creek Paddle-In Primitive Campground and enjoy the...

No comment

Skill Level Guide for Mississippi River Kayakers

Beginner-  Can swim a short distance.  Generally uses a recreational style kayak and paddle (adequate flotation/bulkheads strongly recommended).  Has less than 2 years experience with less than 10 days per year of paddling.  Can paddle for about 5 miles, one and a half hours with a 10 minute break. Understands and uses basic paddling equipment. Performs basic paddle strokes (forward, backward, turning, stopping) and is able to maneuver a kayak efficiently and effectively on calm protected bodies of water.  Paddles in mild warm weather.  Has limited moving water experience.  Also recommended: able to perform a wet exit.

Intermediate- Beginner skills plus generally uses a touring style kayak with adequate flotation/bulkheads and deck lines.  Has more than 2 years experience with greater than 10 days per year of padding. Paddles continuously 4 hours with 15 minute breaks every 45 minutes, for distances of 5-10 miles.  Has the ability to self rescue or to be rescued with assistance. Has the skills and gear to kayak in moderate current, light wind and waves, and cool water. Predicts and prepares for changing weather.  Anticipates the need for extra food, water, dry clothing and wears appropriate clothing for cold water immersion. Has awareness of big river hazards: currents, eddys, whirlpools, locks, wing dams, strainers, motor boats, ferries and barges.  Understands river navigation markers.

Advanced- Intermediate skills plus more than 3 years paddling with more than 25 days per year. An ACA L3 skills course is recommended.  Is able to paddle for 8 hours with a 15 minute break every 45 minutes for greater than 10 miles.  Has equipment, gear and experience to kayak in cold water, high water, waves and windy conditions.  Has the ability to rescue other kayakers.  Is trained in first aid and CPR and carries a first aid kit.  Is experienced with communication and GPS/navigation equipment. Carries backup equipment and emergency gear. Is skilled at map, chart and compass reading.