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    Thanks Captrsimon, that's good info for me! Now my other question would be, what is "normal river conditions" and what kind of flows would be unacceptable to go out into?

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    Normal, as in not near flood stage. Lots of debris in the water than. Sometimes whole trees. I would worry about this more than the current.

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    Oh trust me, that's my bigger concern. After a lot of rain upstream I wouldn't even think about trying to traverse it. Too much debris, strong current, and just too many things that could go wrong. Starting to rethink our timeframe would be better in the late summer or early fall, depending on what Mother Nature has to say about that.

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    In mid june this year, current in the mississippi from the confluence of the missouri to the ohio was 7-9 mph, just before the usace closed portions of the river to pleasure traffic. lots of trash in the water. no gas or marinas for pleasure boats between upper mississippi mile 158 to mile 0; pretty sure that there is nothing between memphis and cairo. no marinas or gas for pleasure boats for the first ~60 miles of the ohio. suggest that you plan your trip carefully. be handy, and carry plenty of spare everything.
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    That is my other concern is the distance between marina/gas stops. My average range, depending on conditions, is 150-180 miles. From full tanks to running on fumes is about 200. Nothing that a few 15gal gas cans back aft can't fix for a few extra miles. I'm pretty handy with 99% of things that need to be done, so I'm not too concerned about that aspect. The big part appears to be pre-planning the entire trip, which we plan on doing. It seems like Quimby's Cruising Guide is a good reference to start with. And of course stocking up on spare parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fork-lift-king View Post
    Contact the Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville Tn. District
    That is the Memphis district

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    Thanks Pirate!

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    The Mississippi is not all that user friendly to pleasure boats. Keep in mind that if the river is flowing at 6MPH, you will have to do 6 MPH fuel consumption just to stand still. That's not accounting for steerage. So you will probably have to 14MPH speed over water to make 8 mph speed over ground with speed over ground being your actual speed toward your target. That could be quite a freaking K-boom when hit by a tree. Going down river would be a lot safer. Your hull tends to push logs out of the way going in the same direction (down river) which is not safe but SAFER than going up river against the log direction which tends to make you hull ride over the log - NOT GOOD.
    I would suggest that you would have more fun going down the Mississippi and taking the Port Allan Route through Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mex. Then hang a left onto the ICW and follow the coast to Mobile bay. Then Hang another left up the bay into the Mobile River and keep going northward into the Tenn-Tom and then into the Tennessee River up into Kentucky lake which will dump you into the OHIO River near Paducah, Ky. Hang another left and not too much further down you will hit the Mississippi and make another left and go down river until you hit the Arkansas. that will be your first right turn and then home.
    If you Take Cantrel Rd / I-10 West there are several marinas out that way. I think one of them is called Maumelle Park - NOT SURE. If you check with some of the boaters there. I guarantee, that anyone that came up from the Florida or anywhere else on the coast got to Little Rock via the Tenn-Tom and NOT up the Mississippi. I will be a long trip up the Tenn Tom route but much safer, much more boater friendly and much more enjoyable.
    Just something to consider.
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    Tony, thanks for all of the great info! We are now living full time onboard our boat here at Little Rock Yacht and have talked to several people here that have been up the Mississippi River. The difference is they were all in 60+ foot motor yachts with 1000+hp and 1000+ gallon fuel capacity and they even said it wasn't much fun. Going down stream seems like the way to go then back up the Tenn-Tom. With only my 200 gal fuel capacity I'm pretty sure I'll need to carry extra fuel on-board as I hear there isn't many fuel stops along the Mississippi. I appreciate all of the information. Very helpful!

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    Ron you are quite welcome. When I lioved in LR area everyone I met that brought boats up from the Gulf came up the Tom Bigbee and then down the Missippi via the Ohio and into Arkansas.
    Where is the Little Rock Yacht Club? Other side of wooden fence from Maumelle Park?
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