Canoeing Mississippi

Canoeing Mississippi

by Ernest Herndon




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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578062225
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 03/01/2001
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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

Table of Contents

1.The Rivers of Mississippi: An Overview3
2.Equipment and Techniques7
3.The Mississippi and Its Tributaries35
Mississippi River35
Homochitto River45
Bayou Pierre54
Big Black River61
Yazoo River68
Sunflower River74
Yalobusha River81
Little Tallahatchie River84
Others: Wolf, Hatchie, Coldwater, Amite, Tangipahoa86
4.Northeast Mississippi91
Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway91
Buttahatchee River101
Bear Creek104
5.The Pascagoula River System109
Chunky River109
Chickasawhay River114
Buckatunna Creek120
Leaf River121
Bowie Creek128
Okatoma Creek131
Tallahala Creek135
Bogue Homa Creek139
Pascagoula River141
Black Creek147
Red Creek155
Escatawpa River160
6.Coastal Waters167
Gulf Islands National Seashore167
Biloxi River176
Wolf River180
Jourdan River184
7.The Pearl River Basin189
Pearl River189
Strong River202
Bogue Chitto River205
Topisaw Creek216
Magee's Creek219
State Fishing Lakes226
State Parks229
National Forests232
National Wildlife Refuges239
Water Parks242
Equipment Checklist245
Recommended Reading249

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