Canoeing Mississippi

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This handy, instructive book showcasing Mississippi waterways is for armchair travelers as well as for paddlers planning an excursion. Focused on the Mississippi environment, it provides information on boats, paddle strokes, gear, camping, and navigation. Streams are described and charted, and at the end of each description quick references of essential facts are provided for those planning a float.

Mississippi boasts well over 2000 miles of waterways, which range from tiny ...

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Overview

This handy, instructive book showcasing Mississippi waterways is for armchair travelers as well as for paddlers planning an excursion. Focused on the Mississippi environment, it provides information on boats, paddle strokes, gear, camping, and navigation. Streams are described and charted, and at the end of each description quick references of essential facts are provided for those planning a float.

Mississippi boasts well over 2000 miles of waterways, which range from tiny creeks and bayous to the mighty Mississippi River itself, not to mention vast swamps and countless lakes, many of which are profiled in this book. Offering lively currents, big woods, abundant wildlife, and plenty of solitude, Mississippi streams debunk the stereotype of muddy, stagnant sloughs harboring clouds of mosquitoes and swarms of snakes.

Outsiders -- and even some native Mississippi paddlers -- may not be acquainted with the pleasurable surprises of the Delta's lazy, slow-moving rivers or with the sandy streams of southwest Mississippi, the rock-walled creeks in the northeast, the blackwater brooks of the southeast, the gem-clear streams of the Gulf Coast, or central Mississippi's lustrous, meandering Pearl River and its sparkling tributaries and ox-bow lakes.

Awakening the public to sensible use and preservation of this wonderful natural resource, Canoeing Mississippi incorporates history, folklore, geology, wildlife, ecology, fishing techniques, and some rousing adventure stories.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578062225
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 1,375,601
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernest Herndon is a staff writer and outdoors editor of the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He has written several books and has been published in such anthologies as The Magnolia Club: Fine Times with Nature's Finest and From Behind the Magnolia Curtain: Voices of Mississippi. See the author's Web site at www.ernestherndon.com.

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Table of Contents

1. The Rivers of Mississippi: An Overview 3
2. Equipment and Techniques 7
Boats 7
Paddling 14
Gear 18
Camping 23
Navigation 27
Fishing 29
3. The Mississippi and Its Tributaries 35
Mississippi River 35
Homochitto River 45
Bayou Pierre 54
Big Black River 61
Yazoo River 68
Sunflower River 74
Yalobusha River 81
Little Tallahatchie River 84
Others: Wolf, Hatchie, Coldwater, Amite, Tangipahoa 86
4. Northeast Mississippi 91
Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway 91
Buttahatchee River 101
Bear Creek 104
5. The Pascagoula River System 109
Chunky River 109
Chickasawhay River 114
Buckatunna Creek 120
Leaf River 121
Bowie Creek 128
Okatoma Creek 131
Tallahala Creek 135
Bogue Homa Creek 139
Pascagoula River 141
Black Creek 147
Red Creek 155
Escatawpa River 160
6. Coastal Waters 167
Gulf Islands National Seashore 167
Biloxi River 176
Wolf River 180
Jourdan River 184
7. The Pearl River Basin 189
Pearl River 189
Strong River 202
Bogue Chitto River 205
Topisaw Creek 216
Magee's Creek 219
8. Lakes 225
State Fishing Lakes 226
State Parks 229
National Forests 232
Oxbows 235
National Wildlife Refuges 239
Reservoirs 241
Water Parks 242
Equipment Checklist 245
Recommended Reading 249
Acknowledgments 251
Index 253
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