River Gator Updated:04/2013

THE RIVER GATOR is written for canoeists, kayakers and stand-up-paddleboarders, and anyone else plying the waters of the Lower Mississippi River in human-powered craft.

I am hoping to share the secrets for safe canoeing & kayaking on this often mysterious and confusing waterway and at the same time dispel some of the myths about paddling the Big River.

painting of lower Miss River by John Ruskey, courtesy of rivergator.orgNote on title: "River Gator" is a take-off from the best seller The Navigator  first published in 1801 by Zadok Kramer, (the same guy who numbered the islands).

The River-Gator River Log is the mile-mile description of the Lower Mississippi River Water Trail for the “River-Gator” website.

The River-Gator was written by John Ruskey who has been paddling, photographing, and documenting the islands, landings and channels of the Lower Mississippi River since 1982. A host of river experts have been reviewing and editing content including outdoor author Ernest Herndon (Canoeing Mississippi, Canoeing Louisiana), biologists Paul Hartfield (USFW), Cliff Ochs (Ole Miss), naturalist/painter Robin Whitfield (Grenada), historian Kevin Smith (Helena), canoe builder Bubba Battle (Tunica), Outdoor Ed. leader Todd Davis (Delta State U), naturalist Foster Dickard (Miss Water Trails), wildlife consultant Tommy Shropshire (Terry), naturalist James Cummins, environmentalist Hart Henson and kayaker Jason Gorski. John Moore 305spin.com   is designing & hosting website.

Project coordinated through Ron Nassar, the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee. The River Gator website is made possible with a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, which believes in “conservationomics”: lasting solutions that make sense for the economy and the environment.

Wild Miles

To visit a Qualitative Assessment of the Lower Mississippi River from the perspective of paddlers on the main channel go to www.wildmiles.org

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River Gator is not employed by or affiliated with the Mississippi Land Conservation Assistance Network, and the Network does not certify or guarantee their services. The reader must perform their own due diligence and use their own judgment in the selection of any professional.


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John Ruskey
Owner Quapaw Canoe Company
291 Sunflower Avenue
Clarksdale, MS  38614
Phone: (662) 627-4070

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