The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

SECTION MILE ACCESS CITY
Middle Mississippi & Bluegrass Hills / Bootheel 195-0, 954-850 ST. LOUIS TO CARUTHERSVILLE
Chickasaw Bluffs 850 - 737 CARUTHERSVILLE TO MEMPHIS
Upper Delta 737 - 663 MEMPHIS TO HELENA
Middle Delta 663 - 537 HELENA TO GREENVILLE
Lower Delta 537 - 437 GREENVILLE TO VICKSBURG
Loess Bluffs 437 - 225 VICKSBURG TO BATON ROUGE
Atchafalaya River 159 - 0 SIMMESPORT TO MORGAN CITY
Atchafalaya Upper
Consider The Atchafalaya
The Atchafalaya
Alternate Route To The Gulf Of Mexico: The Atchafalaya River
Big Geography Geography
Atchafalaya Exit
Intro: Atchafalaya River
The Atchafalaya River: Best Route To The Gulf
Best Water Levels To Paddle To The Gulf
Traffic And Industry On The Atchafalaya
NOTE TO PADDLERS:
Who Is The Rivergator Written For?
Reading The Rivergator:
Panel Of Experts:
Wild Miles:
Warning: Stay Away From Intake Canals!
What Are The Wild Miles?
Big Trees And Floodplain:
Important Note To Paddlers:
Your Route: Main Channel Vs. Back Channel
The Atchafalaya Split
Maps And Mileage
USACE 2012 Atchafalaya River And Outlets To Gulf Of Mexico
Louisiana Geological Survey Atchafalaya Basin Map
Maps Of The Atchafalaya Delta
River Speed and Trip Duration
Dangers Of Paddling Through Morgan City
Expert Paddlers Only!
Wind Direction And Speed
Atchafalaya Delta Tides
Tidal Influence:
Estimate Your Camp Height
Tidal Coefficient
Tides In Rivers
Tidal Bore
Water Speed In The Passes
Which Pass?
Wax Lake Outlet: Alternate Route To The Gulf
Shell Island Pass
Location Island Pass
Amerada Pass
Main Channel: Melanie Island
The Joy Of Reaching The Gulf
Camping On The Gulf At The End Of The River
The Best Gulf Beaches
Open Water Of The Gulf?
Some Helpful Hints:
Getting Back To Land
Getting Back
Upstream Paddling
What Do You Do Now With Your Vessel?
LiNKS = Leave No Kid On Shore
Atchafalaya Basinkeeper
Bayou Teche Experience
Bayou Sara kayak Rental
Pack & Paddle
Services For Lower Mississippi River Paddlers
Lower Mississippi And Ohio River Forecast
Reading Google Maps
Lower Mississippi River Mileage
Rivergator
Towboat Protocol
What To Pack:
Atchafalaya Swamp Pack List:
Primitive Camping In The Marshes & Swamps
Biting Bugs
Poison Ivy
Can You Drink The Water?
Where Do You Go? (To The Bathroom?)
Water Quality
The Atchafalaya Basinkeeper
The Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper
Environmental Reporting Phone Numbers:
Maps And Mileage
Louisiana Geological Survey Atchafalaya Basin Map
Atchafalaya River Boat Ramps (Functional Jan 2016)
River Gages
Best Water Levels To Paddle To The Gulf
What Do You Do Now With Your Vessel?
LiNKS = Leave No Kid On Shore
Left Bank And Right Bank
Towboats And Buoys
VHF Marine Radio
Resources
Cajun Culture And The Atchafalaya Wilderness
SOLA Coffee Companies
How To Brew A Great-Tasting Pot Of River-Rat Coffee
The Atchafalaya
A Note On Mileage
A Note On Pronunciation
Where To Start Your Atchafalaya River Expedition
Leaving The Mississippi River
Mississippi River Maps And Mileage
NATCHEZ GAGE (NG)
WATER LEVELS AND DIKES
USING THE NATCHEZ GAGE:
Three Inflow Openings At Old River
Warning
Old River Control Structure: 3 Inflow Channels
316.3 RBD Hydro Inflow Channel
313.7 RBD Knox Landing
311.7 RBD Auxiliary Intake -- Old River Control Structure
316.3 RBD Hydro Intake -- Old River Control Structure
Short History Of The Old River Control Structure
314.6 RBD Main Intake -- Old River Control Structure
313 LBD Buffalo River
Clark Creek Natural Area
311.7 LBD Clark Creek
311.7 - 310 LBD Tunica Hills Below Clark Creek (Mississippi Loess Bluffs #6)
311 - 309 RBD Point Breeze
310.2 LBD Wilkinson Creek
306 LBD Welcome To Louisiana!
306 - 294 LBD Angola State Penitentiary
306 LBD Angola Ferry
304.5 - 303 LBD Shreve's Bar
306 - 302 Back Channel Of Shreve's Bar
306 - 302 Main Channel Of Shreve's Bar
303.8 Old River Lock And Dam: Entrance To The Atchafalaya River
Leaving The Mississippi Towards Lock & Dam
The Atchafalaya River: Best Route To The Gulf
How Does A Lock & Dam Work?
Contact Lockmaster
Safe Paddling Through A Lock & Dam
Lock Signals
Inside The Lock Chamber
Order Of Locking Through
Mileage Down Lower Old River Channel
6.9 RBD Three Rivers Junction
Red River
Three Rivers WMA And Red River NWR
Atchafalaya - A Modern History
Atchafalaya Lower
Atchafalaya River Basin Biotas
A Lived-In Landscape
Atchafalaya Mileage
RBD = Right Bank Descending, LBD = Left Bank Descending
Gas Pipelines
Simmesport Gage (SG)
Water Levels According To The Simmesport Gage
Maps And Mileage
USACE 2012 Atchafalaya River And Outlets To Gulf Of Mexico
Louisiana Geological Survey Atchafalaya Basin Map
0.1 LBD Three Rivers Landing
1.4 LBD Small Dune
1.9 RBD Coville Bayou
3.4 LBD Bayou Coteau
4.5 Simmesport KCS Railroad Bridge
4.6 LBD Simmesport Sand Dune
4.8 LBD Kuhlman Bayou
5.5 Simmesport River Park
Simmesport, Louisiana
Canadaville, Louisana
9 - 11 RBD Odenburg Island Dikes
12.5 LBD Marine Bayou
13 - 20 Atchafalaya Squiggles
13.2 RBD Porcupine Point
14.5 LBD Cypress Point
14.5 RBD
14.7 RBD Small Dunes
15.5 Primitive Boat Ramp (Private)
16 RBD Eddy Dune
16.5 RBD Trash Site
17 - 18 RBD Hick's Landing/Gordon Point
18 - 20 LBD Bayou Point
Borrow Pits And Blue Holes
20.5 LBD Small Sandy Shelves
20 - 25 Bayou Current To Elba Landing
22 RBD Cell Tower
22.2 LBD Small Hump Of Sand
23.4 RBD Barberton Landing
25.1 RBD Elba Landing
26.1 RBD Small Bluff Of Sand
26.2 LBD Broad Sandy Shelf
26.3 RBD Old Channel Of Bayou Rouge
27.1 LBD Point Coupee/Bayou Latenache Pumping Station
27.1 Morganza Floodway - North End
28.1 Underwater Pipeline Crossings
28.2 Aerial Pipeline Crossing
29.6 Melville Union Pacific Railroad Bridge
29.7 RBD Melville Boat Ramp (Primitive)
29.8 LBD Melville Ferry Barge East Bank Landing
30 - 40 Melville To Krotz Springs
31 LBD Broad Bay
31.5 LBD Cross Bayou
31.7 LBD Open Field Cow Pasture
32.5 LBD Cross Bayou Point (Owl Hoot)
35.6 LBD Small Sandbar
36 - 37 RBD Sandy Landings
37.1 RBD Cell Tower
39.7 LBD Bayou Sherman Point
Atchafalaya Basin Pack List For Swampy/Marshy Camp Sites
Switching To The KROTZ SPRINGS GAGE (KG)
Water Levels According To The Krotz Springs Gage
38.5 - 42.7 Krotz Springs Utility Crossings
39.3 Water Drainage Structure: Origins Of The Teche River
39.5 RBD Cell Tower
39.6 LBD High Sand Dune
40.3 RBD Gravel Landing
40.3 Wire Suspension Bridge For Pipeline
41 Krotz Springs US Hwy 190 And 71 (2 Bridges)
41.5 Krotz Springs Union Pacific Railroad Bridge
42.3 RBD Krotz Springs Boat Ramp
Krotz Springs History
42.5 RBD Port Of Krotz Springs
Krotz Springs To The Split
Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge
44 Sherburne Bend
44.5 RBD Frank Diesl Point
44.9 LBD Small Sand Dune
46.1 RBD Bayou Big Graw Boat Ramp
49.3 RBD Bayou Courtableau
49.7 LBD Coswell Point
51 RBD Courtableau Point
54.2 LBD End Of The East Bank Levee
55 LBD Atchafalaya NWR Boat Ramp
55.1 Two Blue Holes
55.4 LBD Alabama Point
56.4 RBD Old Atchafalaya Point
56.4 The Atchafalaya Split
Whiskey Bay Pilot Channel
59.8 I-10 The Atchafalaya Basin Bridge
60 RBD Sand Dune
60.5 Union Texas Petrochemical Aerial Crossing
61.7 LBD Bayou Des Glaises Boat Ramp (Primitive)
62.3 LBD Bayou Des Glaises
66.4 RBD Splice Lake
66.7 LBD Pat's Throat
68 RBD Willow Point
68.5 LBD Blue Heron Point
70.9 LBD Upper Grand River
73.4 LBD Little Tensas Bayou
75.3 LBD Texaco Resources Dock
75.5 RBD Splice Island (Bottom End)
Primitive Camping In The Marshes & Swamps
75.7 LBD Jake's Bayou
75.8 Three Major Pipelines
76.4 LBD Lake Mongoulois Point
77.2 RBD Bayou Chene
79.9 Tarleton Bayou
81.2 LBD Bayou Sorrel
81.2 LBD Bayou Sorrell: Alternate Route Down The Atchafalaya
3 Days On Dean's Route
East Grand Lake
82.4 LBD Bee Bayou
82 - 99 Chicot Pass
83 Pipeline Tailings
83.2 Philip's Canal
85.7 RBD Danbury Management Corp Dock
86.2 RBD Canal Entrance
86.8 RBD Canal Entrance
88.1 RBD Canal Entrance
89.7 RBD Pipeline Canal
91.2 Texas Gas Transmission Co. 12" Gas Pipeline
Attakapas Island Wildlife Management Area
95.4 LBD Blue Hole
96.1 Texas Gas Transmission Co. 12" Gas Pipeline
96.7 Old Pipeline Canal
97.3 Louisiana Intrastate Gas Corp 4" Gas Pipeline
98.2 RBD Myette Point
MORGAN CITY GAGE (MCG)
Water Levels According To The Morgan City Gage
Tidal Influence
Estimate Your Camp Height
100.2 LBD Blue Hole Landing
102 RBD Sixmile Lake: Access To Wax Lake Outlet
Wax Lake Outlet: Alternate Route To The Gulf
Paradise Regained: The Wax Lake Delta
103.8 LBD Narrow Bayou Leading To East Grand Lake
105 LBD Blue Point Chute: Shortcut To Cypress Wonderland
107.9 Exxon Gas Transmission Company 20" Gas Pipeline
108.3 RBD Shortcut To Sixmile Lake
109 RBD Cypress Pass Back Channel
109.5 Duck Lake Channel
Duck Lake
Many Rivers To Follow
111.7 RBD Lower Atchafalaya River
111.7 RBD Riverside Pass
112.5 RBD Three Island Pass
113 RBD Little Island Pass
Main Channel Atchafalaya River
115.1 American Pass
115.8 LBD Pipeline Canal To Dog Island Pass And Flat Lake
Flat Lake
115.8 - 119.8 LBD Drew's Island
117 RBD Stouts Point
119 Drew's Pass
Dangers Of Paddling Through Morgan City
Waves
Small Tows In Harbors
Towboats Vs. Tugboats
Stay Off The River In Fog
Fleeted Barges
Buoys And Other Hazardous Stationary Objects
119 LBD Swiftships Boat Yard
119.5 RBD Bayou Teche (Berwick) Lock & Dam
119.5 RBD Bayou Teche Water Trail
121 Morgan City US Hwy 90 Bridge
121.2 LBD Morgan City Downtown Landing
Morgan City
121.3 Morgan City Texas And New Orleans Railroad Bridge
121.4 RBD Berwick Public Boat Ramp
121.4 LBD Mr. Charlie: The International Petroleum Museum
Intro: Morgan City To The Gulf Of Mexico
Maps Of The Atchafalaya Delta
Best Water Levels To Paddle To The Gulf
Morgan City Gage (MCG)
Water Levels According To The Morgan City Gage
Flood Stage Warning:
Weather And Tides
Check The Winds And Weather
Tidal Influence:
Estimate Your Camp Height
121.5 LBD Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (East)
121.7 - 130.3 Bateman Island
Pipelines And Electrical Lines
124.2 RBD Berwick Intracoastal Waterway Boat Launch
124.2 RBD Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (West)
124.5 RBD Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Point (South Side)
Atchafalaya Delta Navigation Channel Buoys
126-127 LBD Outside Bend Highground
127.4 Bateman Island Point And Bend
127.5 - 128 RBD Cypress Forests
128 - 131 LBD Sweetbay Lake
131 LBD Access To Bayou Shaffer Via Sweetbay Lake
131 RBD Glass Island
Night-Time Sky In The Atchafalaya Delta
131.8 - 132 LBD Stands Of Young Cypress Trees
134 RBD Sandy Willow Spit
134 LBD Avoca Island Cutoff
135-136 LBD New Dike Wall
135-138 LBD New Navigation Channel Around He Avoca Island Bend
136 - 137 Sandy Marsh Island
137.8 RBD Shell Island Pass
Gulf Route: Crossing Over To The Wax Lake Delta
Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area
138.5 LBD Low Lying Muddy/Sandy Beach With Willows
139.1 LBD Small Shell Beach
140 LBD Deer Island
140.5 RBD Breaux's Pass
140.2 LBD Location Island Pass
142.2 LBD East Pass
144.2 RBD Amerada Pass
144.2 RBD Willow Island
144.3 LBD God's Island
144.3 LBD God's Island
144.8 RBD Log Island Pass
145.4 RBD Yvette Island
146 RBD Melanie Island
148.5 RBD Donna Island
150.5 RBD Eugene Island
151.5 LBD Bird Island East
Pount Au Fer/Raqet Pass
Getting Back To Land
Atchafalaya Delta WMA Campground
Wax Lake Delta Passes
Getting Back
Upstream Paddling
What Do You Do Now With Your Vessel?
LiNKS = Leave No Kid On Shore
Louisiana Delta 229 - 10 BATON ROUGE TO VENICE
Birdsfoot Delta 10 - 0 VENICE TO GULF OF MEXICO