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St. Francis Sunken Lands Day Paddle

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM
Oak Donnick Access
St Francis Sunken Lands Wildlife Management Area
Oak Donick Ln
Trumann, AR  
Michael Dale
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General Description
The  St Francis Sunken Lands is a  large open cypress stand.  We will be paddling flat water for 2 - 2.5 hours.   

The origin and characteristics of the area are similar to Reelfoot lake.  However, it’s closer to Memphis and the cypress stands are more open to paddling than Reelfoot or Wapanocca. The Trumann Chamber of Commerce is eager to establish the area a part of a canoe trail. Some background information about the sunken lands is here.

There is a good launch ramp and plenty of parking.  

Powered fishing boats may be present in the open areas, but have not been a problem to paddlers during past visits.  

On the way back to Memphis, we'll probably stop at Tacker's Shake Shack for some lunch.

Directions from Memphis to Oak Donick Access
35.602520, -90.462260)
Take I-55 north toward St. Louis.
Take Exit 23 toward Jonesboro on US-63/I155
Take Exit 24 toward Hwy 463 south
Turn left (south)  onto Hwy 463 about 0,8 mi to Tulot Rd
Turn left onto Tulot Rd and and continue until the pavement turns to gravel
Continue right onto Oak Donnick Ln (also gravel)
Ignore smaller gravel turnoffs and continue for about 1.4 miles to the launch on your left

Other Details

This trip is for Bluff City Canoe Club members and their guests.  If you are not a member, we would love to have you join.  Membership is just $30 for the year and includes your entire family.   You can join here --> Member Signup / Information

The Bluff City Canoe Club is a Paddle America Club affiliated with the American Canoe Association (ACA). The event insured through the ACA.  If you do not have an annual ACA membership, you will need to bring $5 to purchase an ACA event membership.

We comply with the safety guidelines of the ACA which can be found here. You will need to wear a PFD during the paddle.

Each participant must sign an ACA waiver.  Printed copies of the waiver will be available at the launch. However, if you wish, you can download an adult waiver or a waiver for a minor  and complete it in advance.  Please note that a waiver for a minor must be signed by a parent or guardian.

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