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From primitive camping to full-service RV accommodations to cozy cabins, Mississippi's State Parks are fantastic places to stay. For complete information, click here.
Gulf Islands National Seashore Park (barrier islands and Davis Bayou) offers the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and nourishes eleven separate units that include bayou, salt marsh, live oak and southern magnolia forest. The snow-white beaches teeming with migratory and marine wildlife springing from these several ecosystems provide a rare and prime recreational area. This water wilderness just begs to be explored by paddle and canoeing and kayaking are an immensely popular sport here. Four out of the five Mississippi regions are barrier islands: Horn Island, Petit Bois Island, East Ship Island, and West Ship Island. The fifth Mississippi region is the intriguing Davis Bayou located on the mainland. Davis Bayou provides the perfect setting for exploration by canoe or kayak. Also, many sea kayakers are intrigued with the trip to Horn Island as was the famous artist, Walter Anderson. ? Outfitter: Eco Tours of South Mississippi, Gautier, MS, 228.297.8687
DeSoto County's only public access to the Mississippi River.
Fish or swim in Magee's Creek or drop in a canoe for a short day trip. Paved walking trail, pavilion, outdoor stage, and children's playground.
Leaf River is part of a 960 acre parcel of National Forest and flows through a remote and natural area. It rises in the Bienville National Forest in southwestern Scott County. Bird watching is a top attraction for canoeing the Leaf River. Primitive camping and nature trails are also abundant in this beautiful national forest. ? 601.544.4207
Canoe the Little Sunflower River, a paddle trip through the bottomland hardwood of the Delta National Forest. The stretch from the boat ramp to the junction with Six Mile Cutoff is beautiful. Put in/take out at US Forest Service boat ramp off Dummy Line Road in Delta National Forest; explore either direction. Suggested Outfitter - Quapaw Canoe Company, 662.627.4070
Magee’s Creek (designated a Mississippi Scenic Stream) is a clear gentle stream with large beautiful trees on clay and rock banks. From confluence of Varnell Creek in Walthall County, this small stream offers a shady float through sections of forest with dense streamside vegetation and deep cool holes. This creek does have some obstructions and is a little more for the experienced paddler. Expect to see abundant wildlife. Canoe trips arranged by calling the Canoe and Trail Outpost at 601.876.6964.
Canoeing/Kayaking this river is becoming increasingly popular but is not safe without the services of an experienced guide. ? Outfitter - Quapaw Canoe Company, Clarksdale, MS, 662.627.4070
Okatoma River is a gently flowing pristine stream with sand bars, waterfalls, shoals and bluffs. The MS Highway 590 to Lux stretch of Okatoma Creek in Mississippi is 19 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This river is a popular location for canoeing/kayaking in Mississippi and there are options for various length trips. Paddling weekdays during summer or cooler months is recommended to avoid crowds. Suggested Outfitters - Okatoma Outdoor Post and Canoe Rental, Seminary, MS; Seminary Canoe Rental, Seminary, MS
Visit a variety of habitats via canoe or kayak on the Old Fort Bayou blueway. Waterway paths are marked.
Canoe/kayak the majestic Pascagoula River, a designated Mississippi Scenic Stream with seven access points, not recommended without guide. Varied freshwater and coastal ecosystems flowing through 30,000 acres of public land between Lucedale and Moss Point. The Pascagoula River is formed by the confluence of the Leaf and Chickasawhay Rivers and flows generally southward through swampy bottomlands forming several channels and bayous. The opportunities for recreation are incredibly diverse and varied. This wild and free flowing river system with the beauty of its pristine, natural state, allows for the possibility of floating from a small headwater stream down the entire river to the ocean. It is one of the few places in the United States where it is possible to have that unique adventure while seeing the different ecosystems intact. Wildlife viewing along this river is highly sought after and treasured. Expect a large untamed coastal river with a wide flood plain featuring extensive cypress swamps. IMPO: Contact an outfitter or obtain a detailed map preferably with GIS from the Pascagoula Wildlife Managment Area Office for guidance. Without a guide, canoe at your own risk. Suggested Outfitter - Eco Tours of South Mississippi, 228.297.8687
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