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Kayak Mississippi only wild and scenic river

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  • Black Creek Wilderness De Soto Ranger District

    654 WEST FRONTAGE ROAD, Wiggins, MS (map)

    30.851103 -89.156944

  • This is Easter weekend: We will be leaving Louisville about 7pm Thursday 4/17 and drive (11hrs) De Soto National Forest Mississippi. Friday morning an outfitter will shuttle us for kayak & camping along Black Creek 21 miles over 2 days remote and primitive (no holiday inn) Then Sunday we will drive to Biloxi for a shuttle to Horn Island for and over night primitive camping on the beach (no holiday inn) shuttle will pick us up around noon on Monday for our 11 hrs drive home This trip is not for beginners or the faint of heart. There will be gators, snakes, bugs and many other critters. This is their home and we are visitors. Respect and survivalism required. Black Creek Wilderness is located in the gulf coastal plains of southern Mississippi. Most of this Wilderness, the state's largest, lies in the broad valley of Black Creek, stained a deep caramel color by the tannic acid of decaying vegetation. The creek is Mississippi's only designated Wild and Scenic River (for 21 miles) with the emphasis exclusively on scenic. It bisects the Wilderness, creating a hardwood floodplain of oxbow lakes and thick stands of sweet gum, sweet bay, red maple, oak, pine, and bald cypress. The 5- to 20-foot banks offer plenty of white sandbars suitable for camping or a picnic. You may want to float the meandering creek leisurely paddling your canoe. If the water level is running low, keep an eye out for logs.

    Travel to a special place where the main attractions are the unfrequented beaches, beautiful water and clean gulf air. Horn Island is the jewel of the Mississippi barrier islands ... part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Horn Island is dotted with huge sand dunes and pastures of sea oats. High in the trees are the massive stick nests of Ospreys, while the beaches bound with native sea birds. Other indigenous wildlife includes deer, rabbits, alligators, and much, much more.

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  • Bob R.

    I'm sorry I just realized I double booked this weekend. I'm going to have to reschedule this one.

    March 30, 2014

  • Linda I.

    do you know enough about Indiana woods to lead a group on the blue when it's high? I could never find that put in again.

    March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to go, are we each to drive the 11 hours. Or we going to double up?

    March 28, 2014

  • Diane

    Bob, is the outfitter supplying the boats or is everyone to bring their own? What is the cost and how many miles do you plan on paddling each day?

    March 15, 2014

    • Bob R.

      I only asked for a shuttle cuz I'm bringing my own boat but I'm sure they do I post there info when I get time. Plan on half and half it's flat water so depend on the pace of the group.

      March 15, 2014

    • Bob R.

      Black Creek Canoe Rental -[masked],

      March 18, 2014

  • Mark M

    Sounds like a great trip Bob. Gotta see if I can make it work.

    March 17, 2014


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