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SMITH'S ISLAND NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL
A towboat at the Corps of Engineers lock on the Mississippi River
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (includes box lunch)
Smith's Island Nature Trail was designated in 2003 as a National Recreation
Trail. Smith's Island is unique among other Mississippi River islands
because of its ability to maintain an upland habitat. While on this
tour you will learn the importance of community partnerships in trail
building and maintenance. We will also discuss what was involved in
getting our trail designated as a National Recreation Trail.
Included in this workshop is a guided tour of Lock and Dam 14. A Corps
of Engineers Park Ranger will give you an exciting look at how the Mississippi
River is used in today's world. Learn about towboats, the people who
work on them, and the locking process. You may even get a chance to
see a towboat with barges locking through! Topics covered during your
lock and dam tour are river history, lock and dam operation, towboats,
barges, cargo, river hazards and much more. The lock and dam tour is
accessible and requires good walking shoes (no sandals or open toes).
The lock and dam tour is weather dependent. Smith's Island Nature Trail
is less than a mile in length and has a flat, unpaved, woodchip surface.
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