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The rivers and streams in Mississippi offer some of the most serene and scenic adventures you can experience off the grid. Rediscover the great outdoors and make your way to these Top 4 waterway areas.

The Mississippi River

Paddling the Mighty Mississippi is on many an adventurist’s bucket list. Float out on the Mississippi River with John Ruskey and his Quapaw Canoe Company in Clarksdale or at the company’s Vicksburg outpost. John and his team will guide you down the River, along oxbows, bayous and back waters. As you canoe, you’ll feel your stress float away with the flow of the river.

The Mississippi Delta

The Mississippi Delta region runs from Vicksburg north through Clarksdale and offers a treasure trove of outdoor assets in the run-offs from the Mississippi River including scenic swamps, cypress brakes and abundant wildlife. Pack your kayak and hit up one or all four of our favorite paddle spots: Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge south of Greenwood, Sky Lake Wildlife Management Area outside of Belzoni, Lee Tartt Nature Preserve on the edge of downtown Grenada, and Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge between Greenwood and Grenada.

The Barnett Reservoir and Pearl River

Outside the capital city of Jackson, first-time paddlers can test the waters at Pearl River Kayaks. This outlet provides everything you need, from the kayak itself to the tour guide. For the more seasoned paddler, the Ross Barnett Reservoir has more than 30,000 acres of water, with backwater channels and swamps ready for exploring.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Region

Further South, our Gulf Coast region offers multiple opportunities for waterway adventures. There are currently seven Blueways, or water trails, that have been mapped out for recreational canoers and kayakers including the Pascagoula River Blueway, the largest free flowing waterway in the lower 48 states. Find out why it is called the “Singing River” as you catch glimpses of abundant wildlife, including over 22 threatened and endangered species in addition to over 300 plant species.

From leisurely blueway paddling to adventurous canoe trips down the Mississippi River and , there’s a reason for everyone to get on the water. So, don your life jacket, bring (or rent) your canoe or kayak, and paddle your stress away.