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Rossville to Collierville Arlington Rd.

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This section of the Wolf River starts at a well designed cement boat ramp in the parking lot, northeast side of Collierville Arlington Road, Hwy.194 bridge, just quarter mile north of downtown Rossville. This parking lot also provides access to the William B. Clark Preserve Boardwalk, one of several such walks, constructed above natural swamp lands within the Wolf River flood plain. The normal paddle distance 10.2 miles. The take-out is at Hwy. 205 on a natural sand bar, with slight incline from the parking area, approximately 30 yards from waters edge. Both the put-in at Rossville and take-out at Collierville Arlington Road are well suited for those seeking easy river access in a hassle-free environment. Although the paddle is somewhat physically challenging, the put-in and take-outs are relatively easy.

A shorter, 6.4 mile paddle on this section is possible by taking-out at the Hwy.196 bridge. However do not plan on exiting the river at this highway or at the Piperton boardwalk unless you have scouted the area in advance and understand the difficulties involved in getting the boat from the water to the vehicle. However, for emergencies, Hwy. 196 and Piperton, are the only possible exit points.

Each year WRC volunteer River Guides paddle this section performing some channel clearing. However, frequent downed trees have been reported, making some portage often necessary. If you would like to paddle this section, WRC recommends you join a First Saturday paddle scheduled for this section, usually November of each year. It is best to paddle with a group. Inexperienced / beginner paddlers can join guided trips, with experienced paddlers, to help with skills, passage through un-reported blockages and provide general trail information.

This section can normally be paddled in as little as 6 hours, though first-timers should allow more time, and the Safety Guidelines do apply. The ideal water level for paddling this section is between 3.5 and 6.50 feet on the Rossville River Gauge

On this section you will be paddling an unchannelized section of the Wolf; paddlers will experience a natural un-cluttered class one river with meandering curves and bends. It is said that the largest bald cypress tree on the Wolf River is on this section, off a small tributary, to river right, but so far none of us paddlers have been able to locate it. Unlike on the Ghost Section, paddlers rarely become disoriented or venture off course because the channel is clearly visible through the entire section. WRC has intentionally not put up any of the familiar blue and white canoe trail signs, thereby helping to keep this section as natural as possible.

Paddlers best vehicle shuttle between Rossville and Collierville Arlington is via Hwy. 57.


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