Originally Posted by Macblaze
Seriously? The Missouri River is navigable by a sailboat all the way to the Gulf? Man the more I learn... That would be an awesome trip in itself...
I have only cruised this region via my armchair so no guarantees on accuracy. There are people on this forum who have spent years and years on these rivers and will be a much better resource. Here is what I have researched:
The Missouri river is channeled and dredged (6 feet?) to facilitate commercial
traffic such as this barge traffic up river to Sioux City Iowa.
From the confluence of with the Mississippi
, one can then travel north into the Great lakes
. I believe there is a fixed bridge of about 15 feet clearance near Chicago so the ability to lower a sailing vessel's mast
is a requirement.
river and some of it's tributary's are also navigable such as the Cumberland river to at least Nashville Tennessee.
Search "Great Loop" for all the details on this popular cruising alternative.