Kayaking the Lower Mississippi Water Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
115.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
82 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

birding

nature trips

whitewater kayaking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This 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 - is a big wild river with a main channel varying from 1/2 mile wide to over 3 miles wide during high water at the mouth of the Arkansas River. 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. 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.

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