The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

-2 RBD Cheniere Pass

Cheniere Pass flows southward approximately eight miles parallel to South Pass, and ends up in the Gulf two miles behind Port Eads in Garden Island Bay. Along the way several splinter passes peel off Cheniere Pass heading towards Redfish Bay.

-2.5 RBD Willow Clump

As you paddle down Pass a Loutre past the shallow islands you will notice a distinct clump of green of a darker shade than the surrounding greenery along the right bank descending. This is a clump of willows on a short hummock found just past the mouth of Cheniere Pass. If the hour is getting late in the day, and you might not make it to the Gulf beaches downstream, you might want to make this your bivouac. This will probably be the last piece of dry ground you will see on Pass a Loutre headed towards the Gulf of Mexico. Willow Clump would be a possible low water campsite, and would be an excellent spot for a hammock camp regardless of the tides or river water levels.

-4 to -5 RBD Wetlands

The Pass a Loutre widens here as it flows around a bird and fish filled wetlands, right bank descending.

Southeast Pass splinters off Pass a Loutre to the southeast in a smaller channel lined by cane marshes and a few clumps of willow. See below for continued description.

-6 LBD Muddy shallows

Paddlers will encounter muddy shallows on either side of the Pass a Loutre from here on out to ocean. Use your well honed river-reading skills to avoid!

-7 RBD Muddy shallows


-9 LBD Muddy shallows


-11 LBD Disappearing Banks

From here down to the Gulf the Pass a Loutre left bank is fast sinking into the Ocean due to disappearing lands and rising oceans.

-12.8 LBD North Pass Island

Pass a Loutre opens up to a mile wide and splits off left bank into North Pass. Paddlers will find the best beaches on the ocean side of North Pass Island. Go to Google Mpas to decide best route and preferred beach location. There are some old oil and fish (?) camps located RBD towards the end of North Pass.

-15 North Pass Island Beaches

The beaches at the end of North Pass Island would make a good place to make your last camp of your expedition (if the weather is good). In inclement weather, approach island from backside. Celebrate your arrival. And then turn back for higher and safer ground elsewhere. The easiest approach to the best beach is from the south side of the island via right hand fork of the main channel Pass a Loutre. The waters ocean side are very shallow, another good reason to make your landing from the backside.

Southeast Pass

Five and a half miles down Pass a Loutre the Southeast Pass splinters off to the southeast, and offers an enticing route to the Gulf. There is some noticeable flow entering SE Pass, but it’s a little slower than what you experienced in Pass a Loutre. Southeast Pass is completely contained by a Pass a Loutre State Wildlife Wildlife Management Area, so you might see fishermen and hunters (especially during duck season), and is brimming full of birds and other wildlife.

-5.5 RBD Mouth of Southeast Pass

Southeast Pass splinters off Pass a Loutre to the southeast in a smaller channel lined by cane marshes and a few clumps of willow

-7 RBD Pass a Loutre State WMA Picnic Area

At mile -7 a shelf of mud has been deposited on the right bank descending of Southeast Pass that is the last dry land until you reach Southeast Pass Island. A boat dock has been placed here, with a grassy park above and a picnic table. This would make for a good picnic spot, and a possible place to overnight.

-12.5 Channel Splits

The water current slows considerably, and then seems to calm completely as the channel forks around Southeast Pass Island. Paddlers could go either direction here, but the best access to the beaches on the other side of the island would be the left-hand fork. Follow the left fork until you see an opening to the right leading to the open waters of the Gulf. Paddle out into the ocean and celebrate with the thousands of gulls, terns, and other shorebirds that congregate in this wind-blown place.

-12.5 Southeast Pass Island

You can camp on the shell-strewn beaches of South Pass Island, but check tide forecasts, and make sure there aren’t any approaching storms or high winds out of the east or south. You might see coyote tracks along with blue crabs. The pelicans flock on either end of the island.

Dear paddler, when you reach the ocean you are probably expecting to be rewarded with a wide open view with a refreshing clear-sight view over the face of the earth towards the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico or Cuba. You will have at least one disappointment here. Don’t be dismayed when you discover that the ocean horizon is thick with derricks, platforms, wells (and many abandoned relics of the same), and supply vessels and crew shift helicopters overhead. Amazingly, the birds and other wildlife seem not to care about the cluttered horizon, but carry on their daily life cycles and long distance migrations regardless.

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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