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About the Pascagoula Watershed

We do not share the specific river names or exact location of the rivers we paddle. These special sections of rivers are remote, peaceful, and almost totally unknown and unused. After coming on our trips guest fully understand the value of these rivers and work to protect them from exploitation and overuse. All Guided Canoe Tour trips are in the Pascagoula Watershed.  


The Pascagoula watershed is the last unaltered major American river system outside of Alaska. The watershed is completely unique among all other large rivers in the lower 48 states. It is unaltered; no dams, no levees, no channelization, no dredging. It is the ONLY major river system outside of Alaska that can make this claim. The watershed is free and in its natural state from the headwaters all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. We paddle a remarkably healthy river system in its pure and natural state.


The diversity of terrain and landscape of the rivers of the Pascagoula basin include waterfalls, rapids, wide meandering curves, oxbow lakes, floodplains, braided river channels, and swamps. It is rare to experience even two or three of these features on a single river.


The 11 major tributaries of the Pascagoula drain a land area of almost 10,000 square miles. Of the incredible 15,000 miles of streams just 750 miles are deep enough with year round flow to make for great canoe trips. offers tours on the best sections of these amazing rivers.


What makes the Pascagoula watershed so amazing is the relative remoteness and lack of human interference. It is possible to go days without seeing another human or any signs of civilization. This is in large part thanks to the tremendous amount of protected private, local, state, and federal land. xxxx acres of local, state, and federally protected lands. This includes 500,000 acres of De Soto National Forest, 37,000 acres of Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area, 20,000 acres of Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, 18,500 acres of Grand Bay Reserve, 9,000 acres of Ward Bayou WMA, 7,000 acres of Grandbay National Wildlife Refuge, 5,000 acres of the Charles M. Deaton and the Herman Murrah Nature Conservancy Preserves, and 1,000 acres of Leaf Wilderness Area.

“When one swings through a stroke and the canoe moves forward, it sets in motion long-forgotten reflexes, stirs up sensations deep within the subconscious.”
-Sigurd F Olson
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