Wild Miles on the Middle & Lower Mississippi River

Where the beauty of nature predominates in the heart of America"
2011 John Anton Ruskey

john and LaNae Abnet

Great site! Glad we found this resource. My wife and I will be taking the first ever recorded kayak trip from the source of Wabash River to the Gulf of Mexico. We could use any advise your followers might have. Particularly, we are needing to know the location of post offices along the river so … Read more

Janet Gottsacker

As a kayaker on the river for the last 2 years and approaching the middle and lower Mississippi, this web-site has become a great resource for me. Looking forward to more updates!

Shannon Switzer

Fantastic work you guys! I admire your dedication and enthusiasm!

Charles Gunn

What a great idea to compare and contrast ‘wild’ and ‘non-wild’ stretches of the Mighty Mississippi! We must describe the juxtaposition. Rivers yearn to be free and flow with nature… they are rivers and not channels. I hope the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inspired by your website to remember to tread lightly and … Read more

Big Muddy Mike

“To be (wild) or not to be, that is the question.,,” Go Wild!


Through exposing people to the beauty of the Mississippi River to actively taking a part in cleaning up the River, John and Mike are heroes to this most misunderstood natural resource. Thank you for all you do!

Peggy Linton

We are so very fortunate to have The Quapaw Canoe Company in our region offering unique opportunities to learn about, explore and assist in preserving The River…….wonderful opportunities for all ages! Keep up the good work, John…..and may the River be with you! Great job and resource.

Gregg E

Love the look of this website! In particular, the 2 photos: “wild” “not wild” Hope to see more wild photos of particular wild miles in future.


It is critical that our elected officials be made aware of our need to protect the life blood of Mother Earth our rivers from further pollution. I was blessed in September,2009 to row a 17,000 lb flat boat with the FIRST SQUAD-CORPS OF DISCOVERY men and women on the Wild Mississippi River. For two weeks … Read more

Kristian Anders Gustavson

This is an incredible resource for exploring one of America’s greatest rivers! John Ruskey and Mike Clark have always been an inspiration and never cease to amaze me!