Kayaking the Lower Mississippi Water Trail is a 115.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Helena, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, birding, and whitewater kayaking and is best used from March until October.
Helena to Arkansas City (Buck Island to Choctaw Island) 101 Miles 101 mile kayak adventure through the heart of the Lower Mississippi River, from the Helena Harbor to Choctaw Island with camps on Island 62, Smith Point and Choctaw Island. In these photos the river was almost bank full (32 on the Helena Gage and rising). Optional: kayak through the Old Channel of the White RIver. Big wide open wild river, main channel varying from 1/2 mile wide to over 3 miles wide during high water at the mouth of the Arkansas River, with more water flowing hidden in adjacent forests and over adjacent islands. Optional: paddle up some back channels to reach the Arkansas 3 miles above its confluence, and then paddle back down the Arkansas to rejoin the Mississippi near Ozark Landing. The Lower Mississippi fluctuates 50 vertical feet -- and so landings, boat ramps, islands, campsites, sandbars and other landmarks change radically from season to season. Go to www.rivegator.org Rivergator: Paddler's Guide to the Lower Mississippi River for details. Check river gages before embarking and call or write local guides like Quapaw Canoe Company. Highlights included the White River confluence, Great River Road State Park, and the Arkansas River confluence.