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1. Posted by Amaritimer (Budding Member, 10 posts) 23 Mar '11 17:50

Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas when the mention of rafting down the mississippi river comes around?

2. Posted by DaveinMD (Full Member, 190 posts) 24 Mar '11 04:14

Isn't the Mississippi rather large for rafting? Especially down that low. When I think of rafting I think of white water etc not a very wide slow moving river. It will feel like you are standing still I'm thinking.

3. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 25 Mar '11 07:17

It may help if you are a bit more specific about the term 'rafting'. I agree with Dave (above) - I envision white water rafting in an inflatable raft. Also, are you looking to cover the full length of the river or only a portion? It is 2300+ miles in length with several locks and dams.

Here is what one group considered 'rafting' on the Mississippi:

Mississippi River Rafting

Mississippi River Facts - National Park Service

4. Posted by Amaritimer (Budding Member, 10 posts) 1 Apr '11 12:02

i am looking to Huck Finn it. the photos you had there on the family rafting the river were more of what i had in mind.
lazy river rafting. no crazy white water. no rushing. no yelling and shouting and stampeding about. just sitting on your raft (which would include a tipee, or shelter and fireplace) fishing for supper. see how long you could make it. i have a vacation coming up this winter, and dearly want to get outta Cold Canada.

5. Posted by Arrmondo (Inactive, 1 posts) 1 Apr '11 12:07

I live next to the Mississippi River, and I raft once a year, but I wouldn't raft on that river. The current is very strong and the water is very dirty.

I would recommend going to North Carolina, around the Nantahala River and the awesome Chattooga River. They filmed the movie Dilverance there.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Apr-2011, at 12:07 by Arrmondo ]

6. Posted by DaveinMD (Full Member, 190 posts) 2 Apr '11 04:24

Quoting Amaritimer

i am looking to Huck Finn it. the photos you had there on the family rafting the river were more of what i had in mind.
lazy river rafting. no crazy white water. no rushing. no yelling and shouting and stampeding about. just sitting on your raft (which would include a tipee, or shelter and fireplace) fishing for supper. see how long you could make it. i have a vacation coming up this winter, and dearly want to get outta Cold Canada.

A fireplace on a raft? That sounds pretty awesome actually. Let us know what you find out.