‘Atchafalaya River: The Mississippi’s Best Route to the Gulf’

David Hanson's film explores the wild paddling hidden in the nation's largest river swamp

C&K contributor David Hanson’s latest film, ‘Atchafalaya River: The Mississippi’s Best Route to the Gulf’ takes a moody look at the Atchafalaya Basin, captured during an April source-to-sea from Ft. Adams, Miss., to the Gulf of Mexico to experience the Mississippi River’s “true natural delta,” through the nation’s largest river swamp. Hanson paddles alongside John Ruskey, Founder of the Clarksdale, Miss.-based Rivergator: Guide to the Lower Mississippi River Water Trail, and the Quapaw Canoe Co. Along the route, the crew finds its share of wildlife and experiences what Ruskey calls “a landscape that’s unparalleled anywhere on earth … the only place I know about on the Lower Mississippi where you can paddle for day on end through a watery wilderness.”

— Read the full story on the Rivergator crew’s trip to document the paddling opportunities of the Atchafalaya Basin.

— Check out David Hanson’s film ‘Who Owns the Water?’ and feature from C&K’s December 2013 issue, paddling the Chattahoochee-Flint-Apalachicola rivers to explore what the Southern watershed means for improving water-use policy around the country.