Odessa Water Trail - Maps & Routes

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Note: To estimate trip time, figure on speeds of 2-3 mph, depending on wind conditions, water depth and your skill level

Route Distance Start access End Access Notes
North Trail (purple) 3.0 mi


Port Louisa closed Sept 15-Dec 31;
South Trail (orange) 6.7 mi Shafer Burris Ditch always open
Goose Trail (blue) 4.2 mi Shafer NA not recommended during main duck season (mid Oct-mid Dec); can't get through during very low water
Mississippi Trail (red) 6.5 mi Port Louisa Toolesboro use caution at spillway when river is very high
North/South Trail 9.7 mi Port Louisa Burris Ditch see notes on North Trail
Goose/South Loop 7 - 9 mi Shafer or Sand Run Shafer or Sand Run use shortcut off Goose or go the whole length; see notes on Goose Trail
End to End 9.8 mi Port Louisa Burris Ditch North-Goose-South; see notes for each trail
The Big Loop 16.2 mi Port Louisa Port Louisa take Mississippi Trail to Toolesboro, portage to South Trail & head back to Port Louisa
Sand Run/Burris 4.3 mi Sand Run Burris Ditch short, scenic trip; for variation at same distance, slip up to Goose Trail
Red Kayak Blog - check the blog for descriptions of other Odessa trips
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