Anyone sailed down the mississippi ? We are leaving pepin wisconsin next week to sail to ky lake any and all info appreciated
A PDF on Boating on the Mississippi RiverGreetings,
It just so happens that I sailed on the Mississippi River in Iowa for many years.
1. The first plan to maintain a navigable depth was the placement of wing dams that pushed the water to the middle of river. It gave boaters and steamships about a 4.5 foot channel. There are markers on the end of each wing dam (Most of the time). Avoid a short cut over the wing dams. There are all rock.
2: The second plan was the Roller Dams. There hold back the water and give you a least a 9 foot deep channel. Beside each Roller Dam are locks to get from one pool to the next. Off the top of my head there are around 125 locks and Roller dams from St Paul to St Louis. Barge Traffic always takes precedence through the Roller Dams. Some days you can get through quickly... other times you have to wait several hours. Be nice to the Lock Master.
3: There are some incredibly beautiful sights along the River, and in the upper Mississippi there are many islands as well.
Now I am on the Great South Bay of New York's Long Island and enjoy salt water sailing.
No, the Columbia is a great place to sail. One lock (Bonneville Dam) between the Pacific Ocean and The Dalles, a little over 200 miles. One bridge low enough to interfere with sailboats (Vancouver WA RR Bridge). No garbage water. We've certainly got wing dams. And current. Wind and weather are things that can certainly mess you up but that is true anywhere.Maybe all rivers stink.
After 24 or so locks, garbage water in St loius, wingdams, 30 mph straight at us winds, barges, low bridges. ..muddy water, ..hope open water sailing.is better than motoring.rivers
There were.some.nice things tho..loved when we could find a nice quiet place.to anchor. Beautiful sun rise.and.sunsets, bald eagles pelicans, sun and just enjoying.our boat. It.was.worth every minute