Exploring Coastal Mississippi: A Guide to the Marine Waters and Islands [NOOK Book]

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Mississippi's barrier islands claim some of the most remote and unspoiled sites along the Gulf of Mexico. The distance of East and West Ship Island, Horn Island, Cat Island, and Petit Bois Island from the mainland has sheltered them from extensive development. The inclusion of all in the roster of protected places in the Gulf Islands National Seashore Act has assured that they will remain close to their natural state long into the future.

For those who love the seashore, the ...

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Exploring Coastal Mississippi: A Guide to the Marine Waters and Islands

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Overview

Mississippi's barrier islands claim some of the most remote and unspoiled sites along the Gulf of Mexico. The distance of East and West Ship Island, Horn Island, Cat Island, and Petit Bois Island from the mainland has sheltered them from extensive development. The inclusion of all in the roster of protected places in the Gulf Islands National Seashore Act has assured that they will remain close to their natural state long into the future.

For those who love the seashore, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is an ideal place for adventure. The wilderness islands, the back bays and coastal rivers, and the Gulf of Mexico itself offer pleasure for boaters and nature lovers. This book will guide them to special places in these relatively shallow waters.

Filled with detailed descriptions of many alluring settings, along with directions for navigation to secluded coves and coastal bayous, this book gives tips and pointers for a wide range of boaters, whether their preferred craft is a canoe, a sea kayak, or a luxury yacht.

What are the best and safest routes? What are the weather patterns? How does one select the perfect craft?

Here from an expert who has explored the coastal waters during a period of fifteen years are the answers, rich in anecdotes, along with information on charter boats, excursion boats, and other options for exploring and fishing.

Scott B. Williams has been exploring Mississippi's marine waters and islands for more than fifteen years in sea kayaks and a variety of sailboats and has published numerous articles in Sea Kayaker. Williams builds wooden boats and does custom yacht and residential woodwork, dividing his time between Biloxi and Brandon, Mississippi. More information is avialable at his website at scottbwilliams.com.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604736151
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 1/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,115,412
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction : why the Mississippi coast?
Pt. 1 General information for exploring the region
1 A brief history of the Mississippi coast 3
2 Regional weather, navigation, and safety 12
3 Boats 34
4 Camping, fishing, and other activities 56
Pt. 2 The Mississippi mainland, bays, and coastal rivers
5 The Pearl River to Bay St. Louis 75
6 Bay St. Louis, the Jourdan River, and the Wolf River 87
7 Pass Christian to Biloxi, including Deer Island 101
8 Back Bay and adjoining waterways 119
9 Ocean Springs, Davis Bayou, and Bellefontaine Point 139
10 The Pascagoula River, Round Island, and Grand Bay 150
Pt. 3 Mississippi's Barrier Islands
11 Petit Bois Island 173
12 Horn Island 185
13 East Ship Island and West Ship Island 199
14 Cat Island 214
App. A Boating safety equipment 225
App. B Marinas of the Mississippi Gulf Coast 226
App. C Marine services of the Mississippi Gulf Coast 228
App. D Island camping checklist 229
App. E Sea kayak touring checklist 231
App. F Resources 233
App. G Bibliography/recommended reading 235
Index 237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2004

    Exploring Coastal Mississippi

    This is a very comprehensive guidebook which fills a great need in the outdoors market, including full descriptions of the state's coastal streams and bays and the offshore islands. The author's numerous canoeing, kayaking and sailing trips provide experience-driven recommendations for navigation, camping, and exploring. There is much about the history of the region, including maps and photographs. Williams shares interesting stories to enrich his authoritative guidebook, which is destined to become a classic.

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