There are no marinas on the Mississippi between Hoppie’s and the Ohio River, a distance of 158.5 miles. Well protected anchorages away from barge traffic are few and far between. We had 70.1 miles to go today to make it to the Little River Diversion Channel so we got off the wall at 0635 and headed down the Kaskaskia River to the Mississippi River.
It was only a half mile and as soon as we got started I checked the AIS to see if there were any tows coming up the Mississippi River. Sure enough there was one a half mile around the bend and crossing our entry. We slowed and then stopped to drift until the tow went by. It was another 3×6 and took up a good portion of the river.
After this we made good time going down stream reaching speeds over the ground of over 12 mph at times. We passed several oncoming tows and overtook one tow, all of which were 3×6 and a couple had an extra barge on the front center of the raft.
We made the distance in less than seven hours. On approach it was clear that the current running across the mouth of the Little River Diversion Channel was running strong. We went down river past the entrance and then turned and came up stream crabbing over toward the entrance as we slowly bucked the current. This continued until we were in the entrance when we could turn and head up the channel. This channel is only about 150-200’ wide but had a depth of over 10’ at this level of the Mississippi. It was a great anchorage and by the evening was lined with seven boats (Sea To See, Namaste, Reunion, Gemini, Blue Haven, Spirit and Nearly Perfect) all in a line. Fortunately for us, the weather forecast was for clear weather as when it rains this channel drains the area and if the rain is heavy there is a “flash flood” here making anchoring inadvisable.
Now we had the afternoon to relax, read, enjoy the sun until a 1730 Chart Hour aboard Reunion. We returned to Sea To See in plenty of time before dusk to close all opening that do not have screens on them to keep the bugs out. It was another culinary happening from the galley of Vicki and then early to bed for another long day tomorrow.