First Saturday Membership Paddle
Michigan City, MS, to LaGrange, TN map
First Saturday Membership Paddle – Michigan City, MS. to La Grange, TN. access ramp.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 Arrival Time: 8:00 AM
On this First Saturday trip, we will paddle approximately six miles from Michigan City, MS. to La Grange, TN. through a clearly defined river channel. Spring will be slowly arriving in the Midsouth so you will be able to view ephemeral plants along the river bank. Until the summer of 2014, this section of the river had been closed to paddlers for numerous years due to downed trees, log jams and shallow sand. We will put-in just north of Michigan City, MS. on the banks of Indian Creek. This creek has very clean water but may be shallow in places. You will paddle down the creek for about 200 yards to its confluence with the Wolf River.
The air and water temperatures should be mild enough for paddlers to thoroughly enjoy this experience. Also, the water levels this time of year are usually high enough to avoid shallow water sanding along the length of the trip. Dress in layers of quick dry (no cotton) clothing and bring a change of clothing in a dry bag just in case you decide to enter the water.
We recommend you register early to assist with trip planning. Trip registration will close at 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
WRC highly recommend registered paddlers read the online “ River Section Description”, “Wolf River Access Map” and “Safety Information” under the “Paddling the Wolf River” tab at www.wolfriver.org/
Trip Leader: WRC River Guide Jeff Sojourner will lead the trip. Jeff has lead this trip for the past 3 years so we will be in good hands. Assisting Jeff will be Len Latham, Lee and Betty Gallagher, and Jim Gafford as well as other guides. If you have questions, give Jeff a call at 901-573-6307 (cell/text) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Those Bringing boats: You will meet the trip leader at 8:15 AM at the Indian Creek put-in. To get there from Memphis/Collierville, TN drive east on Hwy. 57 until it ends at Tennessee Hwy. 18. Turn right and drive 5.2 miles to the bridge crossing Indian Creek. Park on the west side of the road along the old highway. (Note: TN Highway #18 becomes MS Highway #7 at the State line). We will conduct a shuttle to La Grange, TN. at 8:30 AM. If you miss this shuttle, we will run a second shuttle back to retrieve your vehicle at the put in after the paddle is completed.
For Those Renting Boats: You will meet the outfitter at the take-out at 8:00 AM. If you rent from Ghost River Rentals www.ghostriverrentals.com/ they will shuttle you and your personal items to the put-in. To get there, drive east on Hwy. 57 to LaGrange, TN. Turn right (south) at the yellow flashing light, onto Main Street. Drive half mile down the hill to the parking lot on the right before crossing the bridge. For directions: www.mapquest.com La Grange, TN 38046. For other canoe or kayak rental, options contact one of the other outfitters at: www.wolfrivercanoe.com or www.outdoorsinc.com
Parking Disclaimer: You should be able to leave your vehicle in the relatively safe Put-in and Take-out parking areas, however WRC cannot guarantee conditions at the time of launch. WRC is not responsible for loss or damage to private property on or off the river.