Lower Mississippi Plaquemine Bend to Grand View Anchorage

What a crazy day in paradise… Bryce turned on the generator and within seconds we had to shut it down. At first thought maybe it was the belt. After Bryce went into the compartment He found out it was the capacitor. Thank goodness we had a spare.   Bryce took the day off work so we could get in 60 miles. We anchored in Grand View Anchorage with all types of freighters anchored with us.  We came into Grrandview anchorage two hours after dark.  Had a nice night-time cruise down the Lower Mississippi.

This was so cool I was coming up from the inside of the boat and noticed this vessel. It looks like a dredging vessel.


This was the view of our last pretty anchorage at Plaquemine Bend at Mile Marker 210.  This was an excellent deep water anchorage.  And we had no problem coming in after dark.


Just around the bend of the anchorage looks like they are building some thing. I was joking with Bryce and said they were building a marina…LOL


We passed a Ferry taking cars across the river.


A freighter,going north and a Tow & barge going south we are on the Left descending Bank out of their way.


Bryce said it was photo op time.  Beautiful day cruising the river.


This is an Army Corp of Engineers boat. They were checking water depth along the range marker channel.


This is a tug boat. They are used to push freighters around.  We are now seeing a number of these.


Here are a few locals out enjoying their day on their 4 wheelers and fishing.


We passed a couple of kayakers on the river again.  This guy was checking out his cell phone I think. While his partner was paddling ahead of him. Of course he also might of been looking at his GPS. LOL


This was our anchorage for the night in a designated anchorage.  Its called the Grandview Anchorage. But I have to laugh! You will see all kinds of barges and tows anchored almost anywhere on the river.


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Lower Mississippi, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

I woke up early again this morning. I decided it was a good morning to make cinnamon buns.  We were going to take the diesel cans in and fill them up for which might be our last  town stop till New Orleans.  As daylight approached Bryce, went out and pumped up the dinghy and put the motor on her. I went up to the bow and gathered the cans. On Active Captain, a concrete boat launch was listed. I was excited to get out for the walk. We passed another boat launch in between two work areas for barges and noticed it was a dirt launch.  There were a number of pickup trucks and trailers parked there.  We wonder why they are using the dirt launch and not the concrete one. Well, we made it to the ramp and I put together the wagon and loaded the cans while Bryce secured the dinghy.

This is the nice ramp. See the green hill with the vents?


We noticed the chemical dock next to us. As we started to walk, we approached the road and it looked like a garbage dump with those pipes sticking out of the ground. It was a real remote area kind of spooky. Bryce asked me if my eyes were looking for alligators. Goose bumps and chills ran through my veins! Of course I am. My tone was calm. The road seemed odd it twisted a bit and ran next to a train track too. Finally We came to the road we needed to turn on. Crap!!! we both stood there and looked at each other for a minute and the only thing we could do was to laugh. Get this!! We were fenced in a locked gate! Bryce said “No, wonder those guys were launching there boats at the gravel ramp.” We had walked already a 1/2 mile now we had to walk back. Bryce pulled out his phone and googled the gas station from the other spot. It was going to be a tad bit longer of a walk but I knew we could do it.

This is the chemical dock next to the ramp.


We landed the dingy at the dirt ramp.  Once again we put together the wagon and cans Bryce secured the dinghy and off we went… Well nothing is that easy is it? As we reached the top of the steep ramp I think at first my eyes popped out of there socket. Crap… What has he gotten us into now. It was another remote area with had the view of a gravel pit to it. Tows bring there gravel and stones here and Semi come in and load up and takes some other stuff away. We walked and walked up and around yet another rail road track. We passed another holding area of all kinds of gravel and some type of refinery.

You know the stuff drywall is made of white powdery crap….it was drifting as it was being loaded into  a truck. It might have added a bit more white to our hair…LOL  This truck was just loaded with gypsum we think. The driver is connected to the pulley and is climbing on top to open the loading hatches.


Okay we ended up walking nearing 2.5 miles to the gas station and 2.5 miles back. Bryce wanted extra diesel so we started to walk for the second round.  As we were walking down the well traveled double lane road about 1/4 mile from the gas station, a white pick up truck pulled off the road and moved slowly towards us.  The powered window slowly went down.. When a guy with a smile asked us if something was wrong. He had noticed we were pulling the wagon and cans. Bryce explained to him that we were there by sailboat and we needed fuel. After hearing our story the Sothern gentleman drove us rest of the way to the gas station then back to the boat ramp.  He had been out deer hunting and was headed home.

His name and our Hero for the day is Brian LeBlanc out of Napoleonville, LA. Our heart and gratitude goes out to you. Thank you Brian.


Finally It’s near 2:00p.m. we wanted to get the anchors up and get moving. We were anchored about 600 feet from a coal unloader dock And they apparently brought back the ashes from the plant to be loaded on a second set of barges.  The ash loader was putting out a black dust and of course the wind was blowing in the direction of the boat.  We didn’t realize it until we were pulling up the anchor.  Bryce was leaving black foot prints as he walked on deck. By the time we were unanchored both our feet had to be clean.


It did turn to to be an amazing day. Especially as we drove through Baton Rough. It reminded us of driving through Detroit MI.  In Detroit we get many freighters.  Unlike in the south with tows, in Lake St Clair we have lots more pleasure boats.  Maybe that is why The congestion of tows,barges and freighters don’t bother us. 


The down town of Baton Rouge.


I am not sure if you can see it or not but it says Baton Rough in Red letters


This was a Military vessel we wanted to explore but had no way into Baton Rouge.  We thought about renting a car, but no real place to keep the car.


More and more and more bridges; over 150 feet at this time.


This is called a special anchorage.  Supposedly we are suppose to anchor in these areas along with freighters.


Here is another special anchorage they expect us to anchor in.  Noticed the anchored freighter.  The anchorage is between the shore and the port side of this freighter.   If you look closely, you might notice this huge tow with 40 barges plowing through the anchorage.  It seems this anchorage is a short cut for these tows.  How would you like to be a relatively tiny sailboat anchored in this anchorage?


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Lower Mississippi Mile Marker 270 to Baton Rouge

Well, we are in Baton Rough LA. It is what they say it’s (industrial). It is said we will start seeing freighters in the mix of tows and barges.  We have had to switch VHF channels from 13 to 67. We have had a few people reach out to us from Facebook that are in the area or who have worked on the river and traveled the lower Mississippi. They all have been a big help help with local info. Big Thanks to all. We have about 140 miles to New Orleans we could possibly be in New Orleans in 4 days. I’m looking forward to getting the mast up and doing some well needed shopping.

This was our anchorage on Friday night. I just thought this was a cool picture seeing the tow on the other side of the point.


As we pulled up anchor and headed out of the anchorage we noticed a couple fishing enjoying their Saturday.


We passed by this area with a huge number of “cells”.  Cells are these large steel rock/concreate filled caissons.  Barges are normally cabled to them.


They were unloading coal for a large coal burning power plant.


Our first bridge coming into Baton Rouge; again it is well over a 100 feet!


Sometimes I think George thinks he is human.


More locals out enjoying their weekend.


A barge with a large crane mounted on it.  Must have grounded during a spring flood.


We had a few tows pass us on a bend.


Two jet-skiers came by.  They noticed our jet-ski on the lift on the back of Beauty.  One of the guys chatted for a bit.  They are from Baton Rouge and wanted to get out on the “smooth” water that apparently is common in the late fall.  His friend has jet-skied to Bimini Bahamas.  We gave him a cruising card and he wished us safe travels.


Here is his friends on the other Jet-ski.  We mentioned that we had towed our other Seadoo through the Bahamas on our last trip.


We passed a quite small tow with a quite large load!!


Just prior to getting into Baton Rouge, we cruised past the “tow parking” lot.. LOL


Okay, I drew an anchor where we had to enter. It sure doesn’t look like a canal from this point.


After we got closer and around the point, It got wider and then I knew it was the right place.


These guys had their 4 wheeler on their boat and drove it onto land; apparently to go hunting.


Our anchorage for the night. I was a bit uncomfortable here for some reason. But all was well.




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Lower Mississippi Mile marker 304 to mile marker 270

It was a gorgeous day on the Mississippi.  Light winds and about 70 degrees.  We sat on the bow while Otto Pilote took over the task of steering.  The water was calm with a light 4 mph current and no whirl-pools.  George slept peacefully in the cockpit on his towel.


We slowly drifted past this high mud bank who is showing the unrelenting erosion that the Mississippi exacts as she makes her way down to the Gulf.


We passed two fishing boats anchored on the shore, enjoying the early afternoon.


And as usually, passed a number of tows slowly churning their way up the river.  This tow was slowly moving up while waiting for the down bound tow in back of us to negotiate the bend.  Down bound traffic has the right of way over up bound in congested areas.  Quite frankly, the bend was probably wide enough for both.


We anchored the night inside “Saint Maurice Towhead” near mile marker 270.  It is not our preferred anchorage as there is no sandy shore to get out and explore.  However, it was well protected from river current and tow wakes.  We anchored in 17 feet of water with only about 0.7 mph current.

Here is a picture looking upstream into the channel behind the towhead.  It is quite wide and deep, but the entrance dropped to about 12 feet.  We enjoyed coffee on the bow taking the morning sunshine in.


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Lower Mississippi mile Marker 331 to Mile Marker 301

What a pretty morning even though it was a chilly day, the sun made it great. We have had Northern winds. Brrr… . We miss-calculated our distance and thought we went further than what we were.. Oh well.  We are not in a hurry.  But when we made it to our anchorage, It was just perfect seeing the view we had. We took the jet-ski over to the sandy shoreline and enjoyed it. If the breeze wasn’t so cool we would have had a nice bond fire. 

OH…My looks like someone is getting ready to loose there home.  It is quite high on stilts, but the bank is eroding away.


Anchored here, its such a beautiful view. It’s funny; at home on the Great Lakes my view is of freighters. I just love watching them. I heard as we get closer to Baton Rouge and south of it we will start seeing tows and barges along with freighters.


I took this photo for our youngest son Justin because of the name.  “Justin…”. LOL


Just upstream of our anchorage is a power plant and dam.


Just upstream from our anchorage is a car ferry.  A tow is just hanging out on the shore in the background.  TYpically, tows just stop along the bank and “percolate” (LOL.. my term) their engines to hold them still.


I had to write in the sand.. When we step off the boat and go into shore like this..Well I just love it. It’s as if we have our own private Island.Island with a palm tree  We are anchored next to a large sandy island.


All I needed was a glass of Merlot..and it would be even more perfect!


Bryce took this photo of me enjoying a walk on the sandy beach..  Lower Mississippi River in the background.


What a great place to anchor tonight. Great sandy beach. Lower Mississippi, inside the red buoys. Along with a fresh pot of spaghetti waiting for dinner. We are at mile marker 304 and our current is 0.9 mph. The water temp is still 63 degrees and the depth is 16 feet. Anchorage latitude is 30.9855 and longitude is -91.6596  Fifty miles north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Mississippi Mile Marker 368 to Mile Marker 331

I am once again sitting here looking into a blank screen. Okay after a 20 minute delay I am back with a hot cup of tea of course with some lime in it. I am ready to write. Yesterday, we had to forgo Natchez due to the weather.  I really hate being cold.  Perhaps that’s why we have 4 different heating systems on Beauty. With the rain and north winds, just thinking of getting on a jet-ski puts goose bumps (or chicken skin) on my arms and runs chills down my spine!

Natchez Highway 425 This bridge crosses from Vidalia into Natchez. We saw all these monkeys climbing all over the top of the bridge. Looks like they were working hard.


Doesn’t this look like a thick quilt that would keep one warm! LOL


She stands tall with over a 100 foot clearance.


I have to laugh.. I keep wondering with the U.S. Coast Guard working so diligently to place the Buoys in the right place, how do the buoys end up on the shoreline or get moved from their position?  Many of the buoys have big dents where barges have bumped into them sending the buoys off station.


George just loves to investigate even when it’s raining.  Normally he sleeps, but as the day ends, he starts perking up.  He knows we soon will be anchored and that engine will cease to make its obnoxious noise.


We are anchored at mile marker 331 on the lower Mississippi our water depth is 17.5 feet. Water temp is 63.3 and the current is 1.8 mph. It is chilly and rainy. Nice sandy shoreline on this inside red bend. You are also welcome to view our current position at  http://trackmytour.com/35L17


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Lower Mississippi Mile Marker 402 to Mile Marker 368

So I was reading some fun facts on the Mississippi, Did you know that one single drop of water travels the entire Mississippi in 90 days. Okay, one more fun fact: How did the Mississippi River get its name? The Mississippi River received its name from the Ojibwe Indians. They called it Misiziibi, which means “Great River”.

On the lower half of the Mississippi we have noticed a good amount of kayakers and canoeist. There is so much good info on paddling the Lower Mississippi on the web.  After traveling the river this far, I believe this is our preferred route.  I guess when we bring our power boat on this route and knowing the lack of marinas we will figure out the current and how it will increase our mileage.   No doubt we will have extra cans on board to go into towns with our wagon to diesel up.  So far we have hit towns every hundred miles or so.  We just google what we need and see what is available in that area.

Funny thing about George. He loves to eat plain doughnuts.  He is just finishing up his doughnut. LOL


This is totally crazy… We were coming around a bend.  There were three tows on this bend at the same time!!  We passed three tows at at the same time!  We were hugging the inside red buoys while they went further out.  It was like an expressway of tows and barges. LOL On the lower half of the River it is so wide that it really isn’t a big deal. Ok I can say that now… This picture shows the three tows and the red buoy we just came around.


As we were pulling into our anchorage for the night, we watched this Army Crop of Engineering boat go by. Its name again is called the Mississippi.  We have seen this guy a few times on the river.  A smaller tow is on the port side (this side) of the Mississippi.


We found another awesome anchorage at Mile Marker 368 the water depth is 17.1 feet. Get this our current is only 1 Mile an hour! Sweet. We are 4 miles from Natchez. Water temp is 63.9 it’s getting warmer. As usual, sandy shoreline, anchored between two groynes. Latitude is 31.6220 longitude -91.4063


We are getting closer to New Orleans..268 miles and Beauty will getting her mast up. It really isn’t that big of a deal because the Mississippi twist like a snake and that doesn’t make for good sailing.  http://trackmytour.com/35L17


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Lower Mississippi, Vicksburg to Mile Marker 402

Have you ever had one of those days that no matter what nothing goes your way? I kind of think that’s how Sunday and Monday worked out for us. To keep a long story short, I am very disappointed in Vicksburg Enterprise car rental they told us we could pick up a car. They called us twice changing the time on us. In the mean time the driver shows up to pick us up; not knowing they keep changing the time on us. The driver apologized to us.

We were a bit frustrated that there was no possibility to rent a car, so we pulled up anchor and left.  Our hearts broken because there is no way to see the Vicksburg National Military park without a vehicle as the route is 16 miles up and down hills. We will be back to visit Vicksburg in a few years. It’s truly is a great stop.

As we were motoring out of Yazoo River we passed these two kayakers going out to spend the day on the Mighty Mississippi.


We see these boats all the time.  These types of boat shuffle workers and supplies to tows.


Mark, one of the Southern gentlemen Bryce met, took theses photos as we were making our way from the Yazoo River toward the Lower Mississippi.  The Queen of the Mississippi is in the foreground.


We are just passing the Queen of the Mississippi while she is still tied to shore.  She left shortly after.


Thanks Mark..LOL  That splat in the middle of the picture is our boat.  Our little boat looks like a little dot on the Mississippi…Laughing out loud 



Vicksburg Casino 1 they have a few.  This is the Waterview.


Vicksburg Casino #2.  This is the Ameristar.


This bridge is a 100 feet too. No issues with height of our mast. Cannot wait to make her a sailboat again.


This guy has a unique boat.   This boat transports people and supplies to the tows.  The tows just simply slow down to allow these boats to transfer supplies to the tow.


This house has one of those steel roofs on it. You could see it for miles. It looks awesome. I love there beach.  This guy was smart, he built his home on an inside bend where there is no erosion.  Rather, the river drops sand on the inside bends where the current drops to nearly zero.


Some tows and barges are just so darn pretty.  I liked the colors on this one.


Well, The Queen of The Mississippi passed us on the river. We waved our goodbyes.  Bryce hailed him on the VHF to determine which side he preferred to pass.


We are continuously seeing kayakers and canoeist on the river.  These are adventurers typically paddling from the head waters of the Mississippi to the end in New Orleans.


We passed our first nuclear power plant on the lower Mississippi. Its cooling tower was steaming away on the Mississippi.  This is called the “Big Gulf nuclear Power Plant”.


We had to pass this guy. His speed reduced to 4 mph as he navigated a bend.  One of the largest tows at 46 barges.  Notice how low the barges are sitting indicating all barges are fully loaded.


Well, it’s great to be back on the river again. Nice sunny day. Temps 81 degrees. We found another great anchorage on the lower Mississippi off a sandy beach on an inside bend. Our current is 1.7 mph and the water temp is 63.3. Our mile marker is 402 with the water depth at 18.5 feet. As we anchor, this tow is now the biggest at 46 barges 8 wide by 6 long, minus 2 on the bow.. our latitude is 31.9861 our longitude is -91.1254    http://trackmytour.com/35L17


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Lower Mississippi, Vicksburg, Mississippi Day 2

I cannot believe how many things are closed on Sunday. We have been trying to rent a car but they are closed on Sunday.  Bryce met two great guys Jim and Mark. Both had that great Sothern hospitality.

Jim a very friendly gentleman drove Bryce to the grocery store. He was a wealth of information about the river and pretty much everything else in town.  He owned a 50 foot (IIRC) excursion boat that he operated for a number of years.  This is a picture of Jim in the dark shirt and Bryce in the light blue shirt standing next to Jim’s truck.


Jim provided us with a number interesting pictures of the flood of 2011 that illustrates how Vicksburg prepares for a very high flood.  This picture shows how high the water got on the Railroad Museum.  Notice the murals on the levee wall to the left of the train museum.  Those murals are about 50 feet above the water where we were anchored today.


To protect the down-town district, these huge wood walls seal off the normal openings in the levee.  For this particular opening, the street is dug up.  Unfortunately, some structures, such as the train museum are outside the levee.


Inside the levee, large pumps remove any water that gets past the levee.


While Bryce was at Kroger, another River Boat came in.  This was the Queen of the Mississippi.


After Bryce got back, we took a dingy ride to the Vicksburg Harbor.  The Vicksburg harbor is a bit up the Yazoo River.  This is a large deep water harbor with a number of companies.


The dead end of the harbor would probably make a good anchorage.  A very large area just to the left of the picture below might be a good anchorage.  No barges or tows.  However, it is a long dingy ride to Vicksburg.


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Lower Mississippi; Vicksburg, Mississippi

The kindness of the Southern people is Overwhelming! I was taken by surprise with our friends on Facebook with all their knowledge of places we are stopping. They text me places to see, good restaurants to eat at. Local people have came down to the boat launch to see us and offered to take us to the grocery store, gas station.  I just cannot get over all the hospitality. A Big World of Thanks to each and every one of you.

Here is a picture of the America River Boat.


I talked to Sharde for quite a while.  She explained that the America came from St Paul and was headed to New Orleans.


We took a tour of the Mississippi that is on permanent display in Vicksburg.  Definitely stop and see this boat.


This was a model of a stem ship used to transport Cotton bales.


The gantry cranes we showed in an earlier post is used to make these huge concrete mats that reinforce the river banks.


This was the forward lounge on the Mississippi.


These are pictures of the five different River boats called Mississippi.  There were also a number of military ships carrying the same name and a submarine.


The galley on the Mississippi. The food looked so good.


This was the bridge of the Mississippi Tow on display.  Notice there is no wheel to steer the ship.  Rather there are four levers to control the four sets of rudders.


And of course Bryce had to take pictures of the two engines. We are standing at the upper level engine room.  Each engine is an 8 cylinder 1800 HP Diesel.


Here is a picture of one of the engines at the lower level engine room.  I’ll bet these engines gulped diesel.


This was an interesting mural with the railroad museum in the background.


This was an interesting alley off main.


The first mural near the exit.  Notice also the water spigot.  We topped off our tanks and filled our jugs.


The detail of the murals painted on the levee was amazing.  This shows early Vicksburg.


Here is a mural on the levee showing Vicksburg in the days of steam.


Civil war mural on the levee.


We walked up to the gas station a few blocks up and filled our diesel jugs.  Once again we have a full diesel tank and jugs.


The river boat America left a bit before dark.


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