The rivers and streams throughout Mississippi offer some of the most scenic and serene adventures you can experience off the beaten path, and you'll rediscover the great Mississippi outdoors.
The Mississippi River
Paddling along the Mighty Mississippi River is on many an adventure lovers bucket list. You can float out on the river with Mississippi local 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 along you’ll feel your stresses float away.
Mississippi River Cruises
America’s most authentic and iconic paddle wheel riverboats, the American Queen Steamboat Company moves you forward as you relax and takes you back in time. You can soak up the view as the wonders of the Mississippi River gently slides by. You'll be the admiration of bystanders who take photos and appreciate the beauty of your riverboat. Explore the vessel’s stunning art throughout the boat and share your experience with fellow guests who, like you, have come not only to see but to experience this magnificent river and pure luxury.
Viking River Cruises offer the rare opportunity to sail through America's heartland. You'll explore picturesque towns and cities as you take in views and immerse yourself in Mississippi's rich history and culture. A few highlights include the elegant Natchez and Southern mansions, the Vicksburg National Military Park, BBQ & Blues in Memphis with guaranteed picturesque landscape.
The Mississippi Delta
Going south from the Delta to Vicksburg, heading through Clarksdale, offers a treasure trove of outdoor activities in the run-offs from the Mississippi River including scenic swamps, cypress brakes and lots of wildlife. Load up your kayak and enjoy one or all four of these local favourite 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 company provides everything you need, from the kayak to the tour guide. For the more experienced paddler, the Ross Barnett Reservoir has more than 30,000 acres of water, with backwater channels and swamps ready for you to start exploring.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Region
Head south to Mississippi's Gulf Coast region offers multiple opportunities for waterway adventures. There are currently seven water trails that have been mapped out for canoers and kayakers including the Pascagoula River Blueway. 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 paddling to adventurous canoe trips down the Mississippi River and you can see why there’s a reason for everyone to get on the water.