America's Great Loop
Green Turtle Marina
Mississippi river voyage
Hoppies Marina on the Mississippi river
cruising the Mississippi river
Cruising the Upper Mississippi River
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The Illinois River joins the Mississippi River at Grafton. You will need to fill all your tanks (fuel & water) at Grafton.
From Grafton, you will take the Mississippi to the Ohio River and on to the Tennessee or Cumberland rivers, to reach
Kentucky Lake and make your way to the Tennessee-Tombigbee route to Mobile Bay.
The fuel range required for this leg
of your journey is 2
05 miles. You will have to make it from Hoppies Marina to Paducah at the junction of the Ohio &
Cairo is your decision point. If you haven't made up your
mind to take the Tennessee-Tombigbee by the time you reach
Cairo, well, the river's current may make it up for you.
"The Water World of America's Heartland"
( Why cruising the Great Loop is much-much more than just a great loop. )
The Mississippi River:
Obviously, the Mississippi River had to start somewhere, for
Great Loopers, it starts in Grafton, IL.

While Grafton is Mile 0 on the Illinois Upper Mississippi River.

Cairo is Mile 954 on the Lower Mississippi River. Therefore
Grafton is (954 + 219) or 1,173 miles from the Gulf of Mexico,
and 1,080 to Harvey Lock at the Gulf ICW..
Mississippi River
at Cairo
The Upper Mississippi:
The next big city from Grafton is St. Louis, Missouri, and
surprisingly there are no Marinas or good anchorage
options in the St Louis area.
What a shame.
From Hoppies, and for the next 158 miles or so,   you will discover wingdams on the upper Mississippi
. If the river is a little high, you may not see them. If you know what to look for, wing dams can be
recognized by the ripples on the surface of the water.

You will enter the Chain of Rocks canal at Mile marker 194.1. Do not continue down the river.  The
canal takes you safely past the hazardous chain of rocks reach o
n the Mississippi River.  It ends at Mile marker
Down steam of the canal will be the and fastest current of your entire voyage. In fact, you will race past the St
Louis Arch.
It is 184 miles from the Chain of Rocks to the Ohio River. If you average going down river at 9 mph it
will take you 13 hours to reach the Ohio River.
There are however, two good overnight anchorages between here
and the Ohio river.
St Louis Gateway
You will cruise by the St Louis
Arch on your way between
Alton Marina and Hoppies.
Kidd River Fuel:
This is a DIESEL ONLY fuel
stop in Cape Girardeau,
Missouri at Mile Marker 51.9.

Kidd River delivers fuel by
truck and
does not sell
gasoline. They also require
a 24 hour notice
and have a
100 gallon minimum
diesel fuel deliveries. They
deliver fuel to a floating
dock along the river bank.
There are no services of
any kind.
Wing Dams: locations
are marked on your charts
and GPS system. Going down
the rivers, it is important to
know what these are, where
they are, and how to identify
Alton Marina
is located at Mile 202 UMR
Hoppies Marina
is located at Mile 158.5
Your next fuel stops from
will be 46-miles up
the Ohio river at Paducah
(Ohio River Mile 935).
Paducah is also Mile 0
the Tennessee
River. Your
distance from Hoppies is
205-miles to Paducah.

popular Green Turtle
Bay Marina
is on the other
side of the Locks.

Note: The opening of the
Paducah Marina cuts
our fuel range requirement
to 205-miles. This is still the
farthest distance between
fuel stops on the
Tennessee -Tombigbee
To take OHIO River
Tennessee-Tombigbee to GULF ICW
To take Lower Mississippi River
Cairo is Mile 954 on the Lower Mississippi River.
Cairo is also Mile 0 on the Upper Mississippi River.
boating the Mississippi river
Hoppies is a MUST fuel stop
To cruise the Ohio River - click next
 Believe us . . .  Cruising the Lower Mississippi River is not the wonderful romantic easy going adventure it once was. That's not to say it isn't a
fantastic adventure - it is - but for sure, you need to know what to expect
- and you can expect NOTHING!  The Lower Mississippi River has been
plagued with floods, it's banks have eroded and the result is, there are really only two Marinas along your way. There is but 2 additional places you
can reach shore and dock safely.
As a result, you not only have a 450-mile fuel range requirement, you have but two places where you can go ashore
and see or do anything.
The Tenn-Tom route however offers a hosts an excellent choice of Marinas and a multitude of wonderful convenient places to
stop and great tourist attractions to visit.  
- Cruising America's Great Loop - Once Around Is Not Enough -
advice from Capt John
- Cruising America's Great Loop - Once Around Is Not Enough -