The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail
Highway 61 Blues Museum
307 North Broad Street
Leland, MS 38756
Greenville Blues Festivals
Blues loving paddlers can combine the best of both worlds, the best lives blues and the biggest river in North America, by coordinating your expedition with one of the annual festivals near Greenville. The Delta Blues Festival is on the third Saturday of September, and is the largest one-day blues festival in the entire Mississippi Delta; think Woodstock meets the blues. This gritty celebration takes place in the middle of a sprawling field that’s hot & dusty in dry seasons and muddy in wet. Highway 61 Blues Festival in nearby Leland falls on the first Saturday in June. Be sure to visit the Highway 61 Blues Museum (open Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm) for the story of 150 blues musicians who lived within a 100-mile radius. Indianola celebrates its most famous son with the annual BB King Homecoming Festival 4th of July weekend. While there you’ll want to see the newly completed BB King Museum, open every day of the week, closed Mondays in the winter. The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival will have its first annual occurrence (October 4-6, 2013) that will welcome paddlers to Greenville from its perch right on the edge of the river at Warfield Point Park.
Highway 61 Blues Festival: 1st Saturday in June
BB King Homecoming Festival: 4th of July Saturday
Delta Blues & Heritage Festival: 3rd Saturday in September
Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, 1st weekend in October
Greenville Boat Ramp
Huge open concrete ramp laid out over the levee opposite downtown Greenville. Best Ramp in the entire Mississippi Delta due to its unlimited space for launching. Always reaches water regardless of river level. Good place to park your vehicle, even for overnight trips. Be sure to hide any valuables, and park in the vicinity of the casino (and make sure to park well above the waterline in any times of a rising river!).
Canoeists and kayakers starting out from the downtown landing in the Greenville Harbor face a four-and-a-half mile flat water paddle to reach the flowing water of the Mississippi River. If you have plenty of time, it makes for an educational tour of big industry and tow companies headquartered along the way, such as Brent Towing, Vickers Towing, ACBL/American Commercial Barge Lines, Ergon Towing, Mississippi Marine Corp,