We continued south on the Mississippi yesterday, headed for Kaskaskia Lock and dam. There is a wall here that traveling boats tie up to. They said there was space for three on the wall, but we shoe horned four into the space and got two more tied off on the fuel barge. The amount of logs and debris was not bad today; thankfully there weren’t many barges.One in particular was pushing a long line of barges up the river giving us a huge wake. It felt like we were out on Lake Michigan in 3 to 4’ rollers after it went by. Consequently, it rearranged everything that was not tied down.
One section of the river we were warned there would be a lot of turbulence. That proved to be an understatement. The Core of Engineers has added Wing dams, Weir dykes, Jetties,
Bend wiers and normal dams. Some of the structures are completely under water and the boats travel over safely, some come out from shore up to 300’ and you must avoid them. The area where the most turbulence was (mile 130) had the kind of structures you travel over, but they create swirling water, like giant whirlpools pushing the boat from side to side making it impossible to steer a straight line. As you travel the rivers and follow the charts for them, the charts have mile indicators just like on the interstate highways.
Today we are waiting for the fog to clear, then we plan to travel to an anchorage south of here called Little River Diversion Channel (at mile 48.8).
Later today, we plan to travel south to the Little River Diversion Channel and anchor for the night.