The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

Vicksburg Boat Ramp

The Vicksburg Boat Ramp is located behind the sea wall across from Catfish Row Art Park.  Shuttle drivers can come down Clay Street and enter at the break in the sea wall with all the beautiful murals.


445-442 Brown’s Point


The excitement is building as you round Brown’s Point.  This is the last major bend of the river before you reach Vicksburg.  You’ll soon be leaving the Delta.  You’ll soon be seeing the bluffs.  You’ll soon be quaffing beers and resupplying your depleted  provisions.  Maybe even a hot shower?  Okay, okay, but it’s still seven miles downstream and you still have to get around Brown’s Point!  In preparation for a Vicksburg landing, please be forewarned that there is no public access on the main channel of the river.  Paddler’s intending to meet their shuttles or resupply in Vicksburg will need to enter the mouth of the Yazoo River LBD 437.3 and paddle one mile up the Yazoo to reach the public boat launch at the foot of Clay Street.


As you ride the current westward out of Marshall Cut-Off below Paw Paw you’ll notice several inlets or cut-out places along the left bank descending LBD446-445, each with its own giant eddy swirling round and round in the timeless perpetual way of river eddies.  These cavities are the results of previous floods which have caused the riverbanks to collapse in weak places and form little harbors.  In some places they are covered with rip-rap, in some places revetment, in some places asphalt.  The whole Army Corps arsenal of riverbank management is represented here.  If a storm is blowing in out of the South, or if you need a good place to picnic, pull into one of these eddies, make a landing on one the small sandbars and find the nearest shade tree.  The northwestern exposure here makes for good morning/mid-day shade.  In 2012 I helped guide Teddy Roosevelt IV on a big river tour and we pulled into one of these harbors.  He remembered how his great grandfather hunted bear in these regions and was astounded by the big trees in the Delta forests.  He stood near the same place his grandfather hunted and marveled at the great river and the unimaginable scale of the floodplain extending outwards, downwards and upwards — encompassing tens of millions of acres between Cairo Illinois and the Gulf of Mexico.  I just wish his ancestor TRI had saved the trees here like he did in Yosemite and Yellowstone!  But maybe it’s not too late.


The 2011 flood smashed the banks heavily around Brown’s Point, especially near LBD 444, in some places completely removing all the soil and leaving unsightly piles of rip-rap, steel cables, and other man-made rubble behind.  It’s a moonscape of failed engineering.  You won’t notice it in high water.  But as you float by in low water this mess presents a dismal scene of chaos and destruction.  Don’t attempt making any landings in this section.  One mile further is much more pleasant.  The riverbank returns and beautiful sandy places can be seen below the tall trees.  In high water you might find one or two small sand dunes places to stop as you round the final protrusions of 

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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  
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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  
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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