The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

Miles 537 – 437 Greenville to Vicksburg


Greenville, Mississippi

When you refill your water bottles in Greenville you will notice the tea-colored waters coming out of any city taps.  Not cause for alarm, you are about to imbibe in the waters that gave birth to luminaries Shelby Foote and T-Model Ford.  Ask locals and you might be told “it’s in the water,” meaning the root cause of its literary and musical heritage.  Storied Greenville is the home of writers, blues musicians, painters, as well as tow companies, tow pilots, boat stores, river stores, and river rats galore.  It’s the most river-oriented city in the Mississippi Delta due to its history and strategic location.  In the boom/bust cycle of river towns the Mississippi River left Greenville high and dry when it jumped channel across the Tarpley Bend in 1933.  This after suffering the ground zero trauma of the infamous Mound’s Crevasse during the 1927 Flood.  Poor Greenville tottered along through the glory days of king cotton and the high plantation era separated from the river. Its Pulitzer Prize winning paper the Delta Democrat took the high road along the many bumps through integration and the Civil Rights era.  In 1963 its status as a river town was rejuvenated with the dredging of the old channel of the river.  This created the Greenville Harbor and Lake Ferguson out of the sludgy shallow remains of the old Bachelor’s Bend.  Modern tow companies and supporting services followed the opening of the harbor.  But if you paddle the other way, up the lake away from the river, you can make a short daytrip around north end of the lake lined by houses on one side and cypresses on the other.  At high water there is no end to the exploring you can do, but at low water it’s limited to a quick turnaround lined by muddy banks.


Today Greenville makes the obvious start place or end place for any river trips.  It is the best resupply place for any long-distance paddlers in between Helena and Vicksburg.   Pull out at Warfield Point where you can find hot showers and good camping with river views.  Or paddle 5 miles up the slackwater harbor and make your landing downtown.  Downtown lacks any grocery store, but is full of the highlights of Delta civilization and its rich river culture such as the Metcalf Public Library, the 1927 Flood Museum, the William Alexander Percy Memorial, and some cafes and bars along Walnut Street where you might catch some live blues.  Unfortunately one of the world’s greatest bookstores, the McCormick Book Inn, closed the last page in its long history as the preeminent literary center of the region.  Doe’s Eat Place is an often frequented steak house, but you can also find Chinese, Mexican, Lebanese, Italian, and many more selections throughout the city.  The Greenville Inn and Suites is the obvious best choice.

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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
Greenville to Lake Providence
Greenville, Mississippi  
Greenville Accomodations and Restaurants  
Greenville Blues Festivals  
Greenville Boat Ramp  
Greenville Harbor  
537 LBD Warfield Point Park
537 LBD Old Warfield Point Boat Ramp
537 LBD New Warfield Point Boat Ramp
537 LBD New Warfield Point Boat Ramp
534 LBD Vaucluse Landing
531.5 RBD Sunny Side Landing
530.7 LBD Greenville Bridge
529 – 525.5 LBD Lakeport Towhead / American Bar
525 LBD American Cut-Off / Lake Lee
Lake Lee Public Boat Ramp  
Options for Paddlers Below Greenville Bridge Near American Bar and Lake Lee  
Lake Washington  
523 – 520 RBD Island 68
519 – 515 RBD Kentucky Bend
515 – 512 LBD Leota Bar / Cracraft Chute
514 – 512 RBD Worthington Cutoff, Matthews Bend, Grand Lake, Island 88
512 RBD (And Up Back Channel) Grand Lake Landing Boat Ramp
510 – 506 RBD Cracraft Bar
Paddler’s Choices Through Cracraft Chute & Sarah’s Cutoff  
Entering Louisiana  
503.5 RBD Bunch’s Cutoff
503 RBD Chute of Old River Lake
505 – 502 LBD Corregidor Bar
500 – 495 RBD Wilson Point Bar
496 LBD Tennis Court Landing
Vicksburg Gage  
Water Levels and Dikes  
494 – 487 LBD Baleshead / Stack Island / Ben Lamond
Two Stack Islands?  
Lake Providence  
Lake Providence Landings  
Paddler’s Choices in the Mayersville – Lake Providence Area  
487 – 481 LBD Shipland Wildlife Management Area
Lake Providence to Vicksburg
Vicksburg Gage  
Water Levels and Dikes  
Water Levels and Dikes  
Lake Providence  
Lake Providence Landing  
Paddler’s Choices in the Mayersville – Lake Providence Area  
487 – 481 LBD Shipland Wildlife Management Area
480 – 474 Fitler Bend
471 – 465 Arcadia Point Bar / Cottonwood Bar
Paddler’s Routes Arcadia Point Bar / Cottonwood Bar  
462 – 459 RBD Willow Island
461 LBD Chotard Lake Terrapin Neck Cutoff
Laney’s Landing  
459 LBD 2010 F-4 Tallulah – Yazoo Tornado
458.8 LBD Eagle Lake Pass
458 LBD Tara Landing
457 RBD Madison Parish Port and Public Boat Launch
Bluz Cruz Kayak and Canoe Race  
Willow Island, Chotard Lake, and Eagle Lake: Paddler’s Routes  
458 – 449 Milliken Bend
449 – 445 RBD Sparta Island
449 – 445 RBD Marshall Cutoff
446.5 LBD Paw Paw Chute
The “Heart of the Darkness” Tour  
Around Paw Paw to Forest Home Chute  
Paw Paw to Vicksburg Via the Yazoo  
Steele Bayou Control Structure  
What Are the Paw Paws  
Paw Paw Chute / Sparta / Brown’s Point: Paddler’s Routes  
445 – 442 Brown’s Point
444 Brown’s Point Fault Line
441 – 438.5 RBD Delta Point Bar
Habitat Restoration on the Lower Miss  
438 RBD King’s Point / Secret Entrance Into Lake Centennia
437.7 LBD Mouth of the Yazoo River
Vicksburg Services and Accommodations  
Vicksburg Services, Accommodations, and Restaurants  
Looking Downstream  
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