The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

Note on Low-Water Camping

You can find beautiful low water camps on the giant sandbar that forms on the mainland opposite the bottom end of Choctaw Island.  Or anywhere along the outside edge of the top end of the island.   But this is not advised in windy weather, or cold weather, or with any remote threat of oncoming severe thunderstorms.  Check latest forecasts.  Storm often appear un-announced from over the horizon!  But if the air is calm there will be less mosquitoes and more cooling breeze on the outer shelf of sand than somewhere close to the trees.


Arkansas City Boat Ramp

Narrow concrete ramp descending at steep angle from a wooded bluff that sits atop the steep muddy bank of the back channel.  Grooved concrete yields better traction.  Boat ramp fills with sand and mud after highwater, and needs frequent maintenance thereof.  Paddlers can always find a way to get their vessels out of the water and to their vehicles.  Drivers have a much more difficult time.  More than one vehicle has needed to be towed out of sandy or muddy landing that looked firm!  Parking lot above, and camping found beyond.  Inquire locally about suitable camp sites and regulations.  Never leave your vehicle unattended at this or any other river landings.


LBD 561.7 Easton Landing — Mounds Boat Ramp

On the outside perimeter of Choctaw Island is found Easton Landing, a steep & unimproved ramp laid over the asphalt & rip-rap falling off the steep cut-bank.  Mounds Boat Ramp unfortunately has become a private Boat Ramp in recent years, and is gated off the levee.  If you try to drive in from Hwy 1 near Scott you will be greeted at this historic location with a large brightly-colored alarming sign that reads:



Private Property



Violators Will be Prosecuted!!!


with a smaller sign:







and lastly the more generic:









Maybe this will change in the future, but for now paddlers wishing to exit river on the Mississippi shore will have to paddle another 25 miles downstream to  Warfield Point State Park for access, if the river’s high Warfield Point will be closed; the only remaining access for paddlers is 5 miles up the slackwater Greenville Harbor, or 7 miles downstream on the Arkansas shore RBD near the Highway 82 Bridge.


LBD 560.5 Mounds Landing

In the Great Flood of 1927 a one-mile section of the Mississippi levee collapsed and was pushed aside by the raging flood waters.  In that era levees were built along the banks of the river, with no buffer zone to allow for the flood waters to spread and lessen their destructive force.  As the river came around the long bend of Choctaw Island it gained power and then became squeezed in this area and easily overtopped man’s efforts.  The resulting crevasse carved out two giant blue holes each over one hundred feet deep, both of which still exist today and can be seen if you make a stop in this vicinity during low or medium water levels.  At high water levels the blue hole gets flooded along with the surrounding forests and there’s nothing to see except for an expanse of muddy waters surrounded by woods.


The crevasse led to the flooding of all of the Mississippi Delta below this point, from Rosedale to Drew to Greenwood and everything south.  The flood water flowed gently but firmly along and gulped farms, houses, railroad lines, bridges, commissary stores, cotton gins, barns, and everything in its path in between the Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers, until being funneled down above Vicksburg, where it swept back into the mother river and caused it to swell anew (leading to other breaks downstream on the other side, now in Louisiana.  This is the famous break that led blues great Charlie Patton to pen his High Water Everywhere Part 1 and High Water Everywhere Part 2 in 1929, a wildly popular song thereafter.  Flood victims never outlive the experience.

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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
St. Francis to Helena
652.5 LBD Friars Point Landing (Unimproved)
652 – 650 LBD Friars Point Island
671 – 673 LBD St. Francis Bar
670 LBD St. Francis Dikes
669 LBD Flower Lake Dikes
668 RBD (A View Of) Crowley’s Ridge
668 – 663 RBD Buck Island (Prairie Point Towhead)
665.5 LBD Trotter’s Pass
663 RBD Helena Harbor
Helena Boat Ramps  
663 RBD Helena-West Helena
Quapaw Canoe Company – Helena Outpost  
661 Helena Bridge (Hernando De Soto Bridge – US HWY 49)
657 Yazoo Pass
Helena to Island 63
663 LBD Leaving Helena Harbor
Fleeted Barges  
Small Towns in Harbors  
Buoys and Other Stationary Objects  
Highlights of Civilizations  
Wild Miles  
Pollution Within the Helena Industrial Reach  
661.6 Helena Bridge (Hernando De Soto Bridge – US HWY 49)
657 LBD Yazoo Pass
How to Get Into the Old Entrance of the Yazoo Pass  
LBD Alternate Route to Vicksburg: Yazoo Pass
Yazoo Pass Mileage  
Rivers & Robert Johnson  
656 LBD East Motezuma Bar
657 – 654 RBD Montezuma Towhead
654.7 LBD Montezuma Landing
Shuttle Route Montezuma to Clarksdale  
652 LBD Friars Point
652.5 LBD Friars Point Landing (Unimproved)
652 – 650 LBD Friars Point Island
Beavers on the Lower Mississippi River  
652.2 RBD Kangaroo Point
648 LBD Horseshoe
646 – 649 RBD Dewberry Island 61
646 – 642 Old Town Bend
641 – 635 LBD Island 62
640.5 – 637 LBD Island 63
640.5 LBD Entrance to Top End of Island 63 Chute
637.5 LBD Entrance Into Bottom End of Island 63 Chute
637 LBD Back Channel Island 63
Quapaw Landing  
Island 63 to Hurricane
Muddy Waters Wilderness  
637 LBD Back Channel Island 63
Quapaw Landing  
Old Levee at Quapaw  
Levee Break Below Quapaw Landing  
Great Flood of 2011  
637.5 LBD Island 63 Chute
636 LBD Burke’s Point
The Flanking Maneuver  
634 RBD Modoc Old River Lake
632 LBD Robson Towhead
632.5 RBD Fair Landing
Jackson Cutoff  
Sunflower Cutoff  
625.6 RBD Mouth of the Mellwood Lake
624 – 627 LBD Sunflower Dikes
Diving Duck  
624.5 LBD Mouth of De Soto Lake
621 – 624 LBD Jug Harris Towhead
620.8 RBD Mouth of the Chute of Island 68
619 – 621 LBD Island 68
619 – 621 LBD Island 67
619.6 BD Wood Cottage
620 – 617 RBD Old Levee at Knowlton
616 LBD Knowlton Crevasse
619 – 609 RBD Island 69
615.5 RBD Island 69 Old Back Channel
616 – 614 LBD Cession’s Towhead
610 LBD Hurricane Pint (Dennis Landing)
Hurricane to Rosedale
605 – 610 LBD Island 70
The River Mirage Effect  
604 – 601 LBD Henrico Sandbar
603 – 597 Scrubgrass Bend
601.5 – 598 LBD Smith Point Sandbar
600.5 LBD Entrance
598 LBD Exit
Secret Channel Behind Smith Point Sandbar  
599 RBD Mouth of the White River
The White River  
Montgomery Point Lock & Dam  
At the Mouth of the White River  
How Does a Lock Work?  
Arkansas River: Little Rock, Fort Smith, Tulsa  
White River National Wildlife Refuge  
597.5 – 580 RBD Big Island
596 – 594 Victoria Bend
592.1 LBD Terrence Landing
597.5 RBD Entrance
591 LBD Exit
RBD Near Mile 3 of the Old Channel of the White  
Wreck of the Victor?  
Old Channel of the White  
Arkansas City Gage (AG)  
591 – 587 LBD Great River Road State Park
587 – 584.5 LBD Malone Field (Barge Fleeting Area)
594.5 LBD Mouth of the Rosedale Harbor
Rosedale Harbor  
Rosedale, Mississippi  
Rosedale to Arkansas City
Arkansas City Gage  
585 – 580 RBD Arkansas Bar
580 RBD Arkansas River
Paddling Past the Mouth of the Arkansas  
A Detour Up & Down the Arkansas  
Island Hopping  
The Floating Sensation  
Circumnavigation of the Big Island (52 Miles; 5-7 Days)  
Below the Arkansas Confluence  
581 – 576 LBD Prentiss Sandbar
578.4 RBD Napoleon Light
574.5 LBD Mouth of Lake Whittington
575.8 RBD Caulk Eddy
575 – 572.5 RBD Caulk Neck Bar
576 – 572 Caulk Neck Cutoff
572 – 567 Cypress Bend
Cypress Bend – Pallid Sturgeon  
571 – 567 Catfish Point Bar
568 RBD Chicot Landing
Reading Google Maps  
Approaching Choctaw Island  
Choctaw Island Geomorphology  
564 – 558 Chocktaw Bar Island
Note on Low-Water Camping  
Arkansas City Boat Ramp  
561.7 LBD Easton Landing – Mounds Boat Ramp
560.5 LBD Mounds Landing
Addendum: Take-Out in Greenville or Lake Village  
Best Campsites Along the Lower Mississippi Water Trail  
End of Trail  
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