Water levels on the Mississippi
are up. Just saw an article about flooding. It's a seasonal thing more than anything.
Don't worry about the river system. Every route
has it's issues but nothing to be overly concerned about if you are reasonably competent. I would consider it easier than the other routes.
I would lean against the full Mississippi Route
but cut up the Ohio
River and do the tenn-tom is a great trip. We see lots of senior citizens handling it with no problem.
You can head
east via a variety of overlapping routes.
- The St. Lawrence Seaway is probably very nice but it is a lot of extra miles. A great many outside of protected waters. If you can get your height down below 20', there are other routes I would suggest first and save this one for another time.
- The Trent-Severn system will get you from Lake Huron to Lake Ontario
. From there you can cut thru the eastern end of the Erie to get to the Hudson
- The Erie Canal will get you from Lake Erie to the Hudson.
- Once on the Hudson, you head south to New York and after one run on the outside, you are intercoastal as far south as you want to go.
I suggest getting the Skipper
Bob guides as they lay it out along with limits for height.