The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

10.2 RBD Grand Pass Island

The highest ground in the area, Grand Pass Island used to be a favorable place for paddlers to make landings for stretching their legs, for picnicking, even for camping. You should still stop here if you need a camp place in high water (above 3VG). There is nothing higher below this point. Following the ravages of the 2011 flood, Grand Pass Island was encircled with rip rap and long stretches of caged rock, making landings very difficult, especially during low water. As result this island has lost some of its appeal as a refuge. You can still make landings, and climb over the rip-rap to find a mostly wild island behind. But you will have to portage your vessel and all your gear for any stops of length. Excepting in high water, or the last light of the day, or emergencies, you will probably want to paddle further on to find an easier landing.

10.2 to 9.8 RBD WARNING: Iron Pilings in River

Paddlers beware! Dangerous iron pilings or other iron works are found along the main channel top end of Grand Pass Island. This should be no threat to downstream paddlers. But if you are paddling back upstream to Venice you might find yourself hugging the shoreline towards the top end of Grand Pass Island and in danger of severe consequences. Be very careful about not inadvertently running over one of these pilings with sharp rusty edges. They would easily cut a hole through most vessels.

9.6 – 8 LBD Lower Venice Anchorage

Active anchorage with lots of activity for vessels conducting business in the Venice area. You are safe to paddle through this anchorage if no tugboats are visible, and there is no apparent plans for movement of freighters.

6.9 RBD Un-Named Pass


6.7 – 1.5 Pilottown Anchorage


6.6 RBD Un-Named Pass


6.5 LBD Leon’s Pass


4.9 LBD Mary Bower’s Pass

Mary Bower’s Pass leads to Mary Bower’s Pond, Clearwater Bayou, and the open waters of Breton Sound.

4.8 RBD New Pass

A new Pass opened in 2011 West Bank RBD mile 5 with a beautiful sandy bar and nearby cypress trees (south side of the entrance). Strong flow at all water levels, but of course stronger at high water. Ride the current as it swirls into this opening and pick your route for landing (or continuing into West Bay).

4.8 RBD New Pass Cypress Beach

On the south side of New Pass paddlers will find a good location for low and medium water camping. Follow swirling waters through New Pass and paddle hard around eddy to make landing. Possible camping on beautiful sandy beach with several cypress trees behind. Possible camping when the river is below 2VG. Questionable above 3VG.

3.6 RBD Un-Named Pass


3.5 LBD Old Quarantine Station


3.5 – 2.9 LBD Cubit’s Gap

Many enticing routes are possible for paddlers through Cubit’s Gap, with beautiful cane-lined passes and other waterways ending in pristine ocean beaches. But many routes also dead end in muddy ponds, and you could easily get lost by the myriad choices within 49,000 acres of marsh! Cubit’s Gap creates a yawning opening for muddy water to flow into a giant pooling area where the muddy water reforms and splits around 3 islands into 4 openings: Main Pass, Octave Pass, Brant Bayou, and Raphael Pass, all within Delta National Wildlife Refuge. All of these proceed to the Gulf, with splinter passes and bayous all of their own leading off, some of which are listed below. Paddlers could follow any of these to the Gulf, with beautiful long passages through wild places, and very little traffic.

Cubit’s Gap/Main Pass Camp

A wooded high ground is found in Cubit’s Gap at the mouth of Main Pass 3.7LBD with a protected anchorage (in low flow) and good natural ground landings for canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. This site can be identified from the distance by a high lookout tower that was once used at the Old Quarantine Station. More detail in River Log.

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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
Loess Bluffs 437 – 225 VICKSBURG TO BATON ROUGE
Atchafalaya River 159 – 0 SIMMESPORT TO MORGAN CITY
Louisiana Delta 229 – 10 BATON ROUGE TO VENICE
Birdsfoot Delta 10 – 0 VENICE TO GULF OF MEXICO
Venice to the Gulf
Water Levels According To The Venice Gage (VG):  
Flood Stage Warning:  
11.5 LBD Sandbars At Mouth Of Baptiste Collette Bayou – North Side
11.4 LBD Shell Beaches At Mouth Of Baptiste Collette Bayou – South Side
11.5 LBD Baptiste Colette Bayou
-1.9 RBD Emeline Pass
-2.5 RBD Fimbel Pass
-6 To -8 Baptiste Collette Jetty
10.5 The Jump: Entrance to the Venice Harbor
Directions To The Marinas In Tiger Pass  
Cypress Cove Marina  
Venice Marina  
10.4 RBD Grand Pass
Grand Pass  
Tiger Pass  
The Wagon Wheel – Venice Salt Dome  
10.2 RBD Grand Pass Island
10.2 To 9.8 RBD WARNING: Iron Pilings In River
9.6 – 8 LBD Lower Venice Anchorage
4.9 LBD Mary Bower’s Pass
4.8 RBD New Pass
4.8 RBD New Pass Cypress Beach
3.5 – 2.9 LBD Cubit’s Gap
Cubit’s Gap/Main Pass Camp  
Octave Pass North  
Cubit’s Gap: Octave Pass  
Cubit’s Gap: Brant Bayou  
Cubit’s Gap: Raphael Pass  
Delta National Wildlife Refuge  
2.4 LBD Shell Pipeline Co., Pilottown Wharf
1.9 LBD Pilottown
0 RBD Mile Zero (SW Pass) Camp  
Head of Passes -0- Mile Zero
Southwest Pass  
River Levels Down SW Pass  
-4.5 LBD Burrwood Bayou (Top Entrance)
-8.9 LBD Pogo Producing Co., E-3 Boat Landing
-14.5 LBD Burrwood Bayou (Bottom Entrance)
-14.5 RBD Dredge Piles
-14.5 LBD Burrwood Bayou Closure
-18.0 LBD Associated Branch Pilots, Southwest Pass Station Wharf
-20.2 LBD End Of The Jetty/End Of The River
South Pass  
-3.4 LBD Picnic/Camping Spot
-4 To -10 RBD East Bay Bayou Openings
-10 RBD Picayune Bayou
-11 RBD Port Eads
-11 RBD High Adventure Marina, Port Eads
-11.8 LBD Bayou Opening (To Backside Of Upper South Pass Island)
-12.1 LBD Tiny Bayou Opening
-12.2 LBD Opening In Jetty Along Ocean Side Of Upper South Pass Island
Upper South Pass Island West Jetty End
-13.5 RBD  
Best End Place: Lower South Pass Island  
-14.2 LBD East Jetty End
Pass A Loutre  
-0.5 RBD Upper Shallow Island
-1.5 RBD Lower Shallow Island
-2 RBD Cheniere Pass
-2.5 RBD Willow Clump
-4 To -5 RBD Wetlands
-6 LBD Muddy Shallows
-11 LBD Disappearing Banks
-12.8 LBD North Pass Island
-15 North Pass Island Beaches
Southeast Pass  
-5.5 RBD Mouth Of Southeast Pass
-7 RBD Pass A Loutre State WMA Picnic Area
-12.5 Channel Splits
-12.5 Southeast Pass Island
Pass A Loutre State Wildlife Wildlife Management Area  
Balize, The Oldest City The Delta Ate  
Getting Back  
Upstream Paddling  
What Do You Do Now With Your Vessel?  
LiNKS = Leave No Kid On Shore