The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

Three and a third mile paddle across the beautiful Bunch’s Cutoff from Public Boat Ramp to the main channel of the Mississippi.  Rich with fish and bird life.


Bunch’s Cutoff Boat Launch

Good Boat ramp dropping into Bunch’s Cutoff three miles from mouth of the Mississippi River.  Access over levee from US 65 eight miles north of Lake Providence.


Old River RBD 503

Two and a half mile paddle from Old River Boat Launch to main channel of the Mississippi River.  Large blue hole created along the lake bank eastern perimeter of Old River Lake during the 2011 flood.


Old River Boat Launch

Primitive Boat Ramp built along old river bank with short concrete ramp.  Good at most water levels, but access to river is cut off around 20GG.  Access to Lake Providence via US 65, LA596 and Bunch’s Bend Road.


Entering Louisiana


At the lower end of Cracraft Bar around mile 507 the river leaves Arkansas along its west bank and enters Louisiana, the last state along the Mississippi River.  Like a mother gathering up her children, the big river pulls in all the waters from the center of the continent and carries them downstream to the Gulf of Mexico.  Here as the mother river leaves Arkansas only a few of her children remain downstream: the Yazoo, the Big Black, the Homochitto, and a few others, all east bank rivers and mostly coming in from Mississippi.  From here downstream all west bank tributaries join the Ouchita, which in turn joins the Red, and parallel the Mississippi for hundreds of miles, eventually forming the Atchafalaya.  One third of the average daily flow of the Mississippi is diverted into the Atchafalaya to maintain its flow and to ease pressure during highwater on the largest inland port in the world, the greater New Orleans and Baton Rouge combined ports.


The Mississippi River flows a little over five hundred miles across Louisiana before reaching the salty waters, with geography ranging from wooded loess bluffs, bottomland hardwood forests, cypress/tupelo gum swamps, and finally grassy coastal plains bordering the sea.  Along the way the Mississippi journeys through Lake Providence, Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area and the Old River Control Structure (the birthplace of the Atchafalaya River) Angola State Penitentiary, Tunica Hills, St. Francisville, New Rivers Bridge (newest bridge on the Lower Miss), Profit Island, Baton Rouge, Bayou Goula, Plaquemines, New Orleans, and finally Venice, Pilot’s Town, and mile zero at the Head of Passes.  For here the three major outlets fork outwards into the Caribbean: the Southwest Pass, South Pass, and Pass L’Outre.  You still have many hundreds of paddling miles from the deep bottomland hardwood forests of Cracraft Chute and Bunch’s Cutoff to reach Cancer Alley and Bourbon Street, but stroke by stroke you’re getting there!

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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